Collins challenges his youngsters to shine

Lee Wattam.
Lee Wattam.

Nathan Collins is challenging his young Poachers to prove they can have bright futures at Tattershall Road.

Due to a mixture of injuries and suspensions, Boston Town were forced to field a youthful side during their 1-0 UCL Premier victory over Stewarts & Lloyds Corby on Saturday.

Daryl Clare netted the only goal of the game after 17 minutes, but the veteran striker hobbled off with an injury three minutes later.

The Poachers finished the match with five teenagers - Jordan Nuttell, Lee Wattam (pictured), Matthew Kingston, Tom Hobson and Daniel Woods - on the pitch, but Collins is looking at the positives.

“We’ve got a lot of good young players here, but they don’t always get their chance,” he said.

“Sometimes I just get to see them in training or for 10 minutes in a match.

“But it’s good to see what they’re capable of.

“I brought in some of these lads with an eye on next season. I don’t want to start the summer looking for 10 new signings, it’s nice these lads have got a chance to prove themselves.”

Town return to Corby for the reverse fixture this weekend and it is hoped Clare will be fit for action.

Defender Jack Smith is also available following his recent injury, Collins describing him as ‘champing at the bit’.

However, Ollie Pinner, Josh Ford (suspended) and Michael Wood (injured) will be unavailable.