BROWNE ON THE BALL: It’s the kids or the victories... unless Boston United can do both?

Charley Sanders.
Charley Sanders.

Carlos Tevez wants to earn the wages Manchester City can offer, but every now and then he’d like an Argentinan golfing holiday.

Hugh Grant was enjoying his romance with Elizabeth Hurley, but that didn’t stop him getting urges on Sunset Boulevard.

Boston Borough Council want to rip up the Market Place, confuse us all, offer fewer bays and yet still recoup the same amount of cash from parking tickets.

But it’s a reality of life that you just can’t have it both ways.

And that’s something Dennis Greene learned on Saturday as Boston United were humbled 4-0 at home to Bradford Park Avenue.

Following three straight wins since his arrival at York Street, Greene said he wanted to keep the momentum going for the rest of the season, while also trying out some of the younger players.

Sadly, against a physically combative Park Avenue side, you just couldn’t have your cake and be given time to eat it.

Without the suspended Anton Foster and with Nathan Stanfield dropped to the bench, Boston’s midfield lacked any ball-winning bite.

This is by no means a slight on teenager James Reed who was drafted into the centre of the park. The ballwinning role is just not his natural job, just like it’s not the major string to Ben Milnes or Ian Ross’ bow.

Three Solomon Kalous couldn’t win the ball like one Claude Makelele could.

Greene wants to cast an eye over his whole squad in a bid to weigh up his options ahead of the summer’s transfer merry-go-round, and what he sees will be a vital part of how competitive the squad he builds for next season will be.

But by tinkering with the team, you cannot expect the winning sequence to continue.

Apart from the Lincs Senior Shield, mid-table Boston have nothing left to play for other than pride.

So, naturally, this is the best time to send the likes of Charley Sanders and Jordan Nuttell on to gain some experience.

Alan Hansen was made to look a bit of a plonker with his ‘you don’t win anything with kids’ comment before the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville led Manchester United to league and cup glory.

But that crop of talent was a one-off and there was probably no coincidence that Boston conceded those two late goals on Saturday when they had two teenagers up front.

Sanders and Nuttell are not directly to blame for the goals, they didn’t concede the penalty or leave the keeper exposed.

But their hold-up play is still developing, and with an experienced Bradford defence there to snatch back possession it is no wonder Park Avenue were able to continue launching late attacks at goal.

For the record, I think Reed, Sanders and Nuttell should all have bright futures at United.

I love the headstrong arrogance with which Sanders plays, and his absolute refusal to respect the pedigree or experience of any opponent.

With a few more minutes under his belt Nuttell will prove his natural eye for goal.

Reed, as he said himself, didn’t have his best game. But with youth comes that ability to shrug it off and come back with a bang.

For those on the terraces, Saturday’s defeat was painful to watch, a waste of money some said.

But I hope they under stand that, for a club with safety pretty much guaranteed and a new boss in the dug-out, such changes to the team are important for future development.

Remember last season, when the Pilgrims won just one of their final nine matches?

It was a very dull end to a campaign, but it did give the likes of Kallum Smith the game time to discover what is needed at Blue Square Bet North level. And he was a much better player for it, and should never have been shown the door.

I hope Greene has the ability to prove me wrong and have it both ways - blooding kids into a winning side.

Relegated Hinckley could be the perfect chance to do just that this weekend, but Chester, Halifax and Brackley may be different stories.