BROWNE ON THE BALL: Five matches to fight together, is that too much to ask?

Dennis Greene and Lewis Hilliard.
Dennis Greene and Lewis Hilliard.

One win, two goals, three points – and suddenly the National League North table is a much more pleasurable read for Boston United fans.

But while Monday’s victory at Tamworth offered everyone involved with the Pilgrims something to cheer following a run of four frustrating defeats, not everyone is completely happy.

Manager Dennis Greene admitted he wasn’t particularly chuffed with his side’s defensive performance in the second half, annoyed that the Lambs were being given too much freedom on the field.

Two days earlier Greene also vented frustrations at a group of fans he felt were giving the team, and Lewis Hilliard in particular, a tougher time than they deserved in his post-match interview.

But there are always two sides to every argument, and there remains a section of the support who aren’t happy with the manager and his methods, making for some busy ‘discussion’ between the two parties on social media after matches.

Greene has argued that his players deserve to be cut some slack.

“It is if you’re playing at Old Trafford,” he countered when questioned whether fans having their say was part and parcel of life in football.

“But we’re in the Conference North and need to be a little bit more realistic.

“These players are at this level for a reason. We’re not talking about £40 million players.”

Greene also questioned where else someone going about their job would be allowed to be berated publically (he obviously never saw my old English teacher Mr Fitton in full flow as the curtain was going down on a particularly poor performance of Macbeth in Nottingham, but I digress).

His arguments are valid, but he finds himself up against a hardy bunch of supporters who have deserving opinions of their own.

Many of these fans once put their faith in a new manager by the name of Steve Evans – and somewhere between two promotions, three demotions, one poisonous atmosphere and a CVA-inducing financial meltdown, those on the terraces learnt a stiff lesson.

While comparing the deeds of Greene to Evans - and also attributing all of that list above to just one man - are wholly unfair, there’s no arguing that experience has made these traditionally staunch supporters even tougher and more sceptical.

Once bitten, as they say.

But while there may be a divide in parts between terrace and dug-out, all these parties have one thing in common – they want Boston United to succeed.

It’s not my place to tell people what to think. It would be too simplistic for me to just say bury the hatchet and crack on.

But what I would argue is that there are five season-defining matches left for the Pilgrims and the club would stand more of a chance of success if everyone put the sniping on hold.

The songs, the drums, the all-for-one attitude worked wonders for United’s run-in last season. Maybe it could work again, beginning this Saturday in Manchester.

Then, when the season is done and dusted, both camps can settle their differences; whether it’s by sharing a pint, a cuddle or Tweeting yet more hashtags at one another.

But until then – for those final five matches at least – why not give that promotion dream a fighting chance by not fighting with one another?