BROWNE ON THE BALL: Boston United have to be in it to win it

Rene Steer.
Rene Steer.

If you don’t buy a ticket you don’t win the lottery.

Now, before you rush out to the corner shop with £2 in your hand and unique way to tell your boss to stick his job in your head, I am not guaranteeing you will finish the week with enough money in your bank account to spend the rest of your days on a desert island taunting Donald Trump about what a pauper he is.

I am not even advocating gambling. Not in a monetary sense, at least.

Sadly, all I am doing is throwing out an old idiom which - in a roundabout fashion - states that you’ve got to at least try your luck if you want to succeed.

It’s a motto that can neatly sum up Boston United’s start to the season and, in particular, those goals scored by Rene Steer and Stefan Galinski.

Steer’s arrival at the Jakemans Stadium was followed by a click frenzy as Pilgrims fans turned to YouTube to ogle the 40-yard wonder strike the left back unleashed while on the books of St Neots Town.

But in 30 appearances and 42 minutes of football for United he had not even found the net, let alone smashed home a contender for goal of the millennium.

All that changed on the opening day of the season when he fired home a strike from 25-yards out which whizzed past the fingertips of Barrow’s Tony McMillan.

Three days later Galinski did similar at Brackley Town.

The former Poland youth international had bought a couple of tickets before but - as he smashed the post at Workington and Scott Garner got the final touch to his goalbound strike against Nottingham Forest in pre-season - his numbers were yet come up.

All that changed on Tuesday when his dipping 25-yard volley found the net.

Just like Peter Bore’s swerving, dipping and downright ridiculous wonder finish against AFC Telford United last season, goals - and points - can sometimes come from the unlikeliest of sources.

But perhaps that’s something the Pilgrims need more than ever this season.

I’m not suggesting Dennis Greene gets his whiteboard out and begins his pre-match teamtalk with the words: “Right lads, if you’ve got the ball and you’re in their half then just tonk it.”

But there does seem a definite need for other members of the squad to chip in with the goals.

Last season Boston United had 17 different players on the scoresheet.

But 49 of the club’s 94 goals came from the strike partnership of Ricky Miller (28) and Marc Newsham (21).

With Miller on the books of Luton Town and Newsham on the mend, United need new heroes to step forward.

That doesn’t mean I don’t think the likes Dayle Southwell, Chris Dickinson, David Fallah and Charley Sanders aren’t up to the task.

It just means that it’s a massive ask to start demanding 20-plus goals from any striker yet to feature regularly in a full season of senior football.

So, perhaps, it’s time for the responsibility to be passed around a little.

Steer and Galinski both opened their goalscoring accounts in tremendous style last week.

Centre back Garner - although much closer to the target - did the same at Colwyn Bay on Saturday afternoon, because he got in the right place at the right time and dared to try his luck.

Maybe it’s the turn of somebody new to chip in this weekend.

They don’t have to be 25-yard smackers on every occasion.

Two-yard deflections off the nether regions count just the same, even if they hurt a little more.

But the sentiment remains the same.

Buy a ticket and, as the slogan goes, it could be you.