BROWNE ON THE BALL: Boston new boy gives a glimpse of a bright future


Not too long ago a psychic phoned the Boston Standard office, asking whether we had received his email about an upcoming tour.

“Surely he should know the answer already?” questioned my colleague who had taken the call, sounding a little like Brian Potter in that episode of Phoenix Nights.

I must admit that I don’t know enough about the subject to be able to state whether soothsaying and fortune telling are down to magical gifts or just ordinary people trying to convince us they are extraordinary.

All I know is that Mystic Meg’s newspaper column never helped me win the Lotto and that every time I attempt to make bold predictions, the bookies end up a little richer.

In journalism, it’s a lot safer to steer clear of going all Nostradamus, more sensible to look at the evidence and make an educated guess.

But after watching Boston United’s 1-0 victory over AFC Telford United on Saturday, I honestly felt that we’d seen a glimpse of a bright future in the shape of Dylan McEvoy.

His first burst of pace down the left wing saw him latch onto Ryan Robbins’ pass and put in a cross which Scott Garner would have scored from were it not for a vital goalline block.

Moments later, and with confidence building, he left his man for dead with a perfectly executed Cruyff turn, followed by another whipped delivery into the danger zone.

This pretty much set the tone for the rest of the afternoon, McEvoy a constant threat in attack with his ability to find the space and keep the momentum building.

And he can defend too. Let’s not forget the midfielder-turned-left back also played his part in an important clean sheet.

The 18-year-old is the latest member of Sunderland’s impressive academy to be given the chance to cut his teeth in senior football with Boston United.

It’s a relationship that suits both parties.

The Pilgrims plug the gaps in their squad, while the Black Cats give their Black Kittens experience of life away from the world of under 21s football, where big, burly blokes take pleasure in booting cocky kids down a peg or 10.

This twinning played a big part in Liam Agnew earning his pro deal, and Max Stryjex could well be going the same way.

But while those two grew into life at Boston, McEvoy looked more than at home from the first minute.

Ex-Black Cat Joel Dixon saved a penalty on his debut while Liam Marrs looked tough enough to cut it from his first game with the Pilgrims, but McEvoy - a Geordie on Wearside - made by far the most exciting debut we have seen from a Sunderland kid.

I can’t see into the future. I don’t have a crystal ball.

But if I had to make an educated guess, I’d say that if the young McEvoy can avoid injury and continue to progress with his time in Lincolnshire then the kid from the Stadium of Light may well have a bright future.