Lakin backs his youth brigade

Poachers captain Mark Foster is one of the club's youngsters receiving praise from manager Martyn Lakin.
Poachers captain Mark Foster is one of the club's youngsters receiving praise from manager Martyn Lakin.

MARTYN Lakin reckons marking his first season at Tattershall Road with some silverware would be a fitting tribute to the hard work of his young squad.

On Saturday, his UCL Premier side head off to Division One outfit AFC Kempston (KO 3pm) - knowing a place in the League Knockout Cup’s third round awaits the winners.

The Boston Town boss has put together a youthful Poachers squad this season, with the plan being to keeping the team together for many years to come.

And although he expects them to grow in experience and confidence over the next few seasons, he believes instant success would be a fair reward for his squad’s efforts so far.

“With the exception of about four players, the majority of the squad is under 25,” Lakin told The Standard.

“We wanted to put together a young side which can grow together. And a good cup run could give them more of a feeling for the football club and more of a feeling of what we’re trying to do here.”

Lakin believes opting for youth - with the exception of a handful of experienced players such as Gary Bull and Paul Goodhand - will benefit the club in years to come.

“We can’t compete with the budgets of teams like King’s Lynn and St Neots,” he added. “Fair play to them, they have aspirations of getting promoted soon as possible, but only one team can go up. So instead of spending extra money, we feel it’s important to build something here. And we’ve got some very good young players who will only improve.”

Poachers stalwart John Rose has stepped down from his role as club vice-chairman, saying it is time to ‘move on with other things’.