Boston United could cement a Vanarama North play-off spot today with victory at Stalybridge Celtic

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Dennis Greene is out to prove he hasn’t peaked too soon.

The Boston United boss collected his Vanarama North Manager of the Month award on Bank Holiday Monday, before watching his side beat Tamworth 2-0 to take a giant leap closer to their goal of a top-five finish.

Dennis Greene.

Dennis Greene.

Greene admitted that some of his peers had joked that winning the award for four straight wins in March came a month early - and that picking up the gong for the final month of the campaign is the honour every manager would want, as it should more or less guarantee success.

But the Pilgrims manager has dismissed those claims and has his sights set on a repeat.

He told The Standard: “(Getting the award) was a lovely moment.

“People say you want to get it this month, but if I didn’t get it last month we wouldn’t be in this fantastic position.

Stefan Galinksi.

Stefan Galinksi.

“The idea is to be greedy and win it two months running. That’s the plan.”

A goalless draw at Oxford and victory over Tamworth have certainly put Greene into a decent enough position to be in the running for the April award.

But more importantly, it also means the Pilgrims head to Stalybridge Celtic today in superb form - having won five and drawn one of their past six matches.

If United can claim victory at Bower Fold - and if Tamworth lose at home to Leamington Town and Oxford fail to win against Harrogate - then Boston’s place in the top five would be guaranteed this afternoon.

But with Stalybridge scrapping for their lives near the bottom of the table then United can take nothing for granted.

Former Southport, Telford and Burscough manager Liam Watson has taken over the reins and Celtic are currently enjoying a rich vein of form.

They have won three and drawn one of their past four league matches, including Saturday’s eyebrow-raising 2-0 victory over Guiseley.

However, Greene continues to think big and wants United to maintain fourth spot in the standings, at least.

He added: “We need to maintain fourth now.

“Who knows, we could finish fourth. We’re trying to keep the spirit up.”

Stalybridge defender Stefan Galinski will be unable to play due to the terms of his switch from Boston.

Kick off will be at 3pm.

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