BROWNE ON THE BALL: Let’s all laugh at Lincoln City... but who will be laughing loudest?

Derbies with Gainsborough are fun, but Boston should look to head higher.
Derbies with Gainsborough are fun, but Boston should look to head higher.

Let’s all laugh at Lincoln City. They’re going down. We’ll be playing them next season in a Blue Square Bet North derby.

The above statements have all been rolled off the tongue to me by triumphal Boston United fans since Saturday.

Indeed, things don’t look very good at Sincil Bank.

Saturday’s defeat at Nuneaton left them (before last night’s matches) just a point above the relegation zone.

And sides below have games in hand.

The spectre of 2010-11 - when the Imps won one point from their final 10 games, plummeting from 11th to the drop zone and tumbling out of the Football League - must still be hovering.

To rule out another relegation would be brave at this point, and many United fans are loving it.

Some in amber and black are still smarting from the rather unkind comments made by some (not all) Imps supporters, not only when United fell from the Football League, but also when they were hit with a double demotion due to finances (ironically, Lincoln were one of the last clubs to go into administration before points deductions and demotions were introduced).

But the prospect of BSBN derbies with both Lincoln and Gainsborough Trinity (whose defeat on Saturday, before Monday’s Worcester win saw them lose ground in the race for the play-offs) doesn’t sit well with me.

Challenging City for bragging rights over a league season is a big thing for Boston United fans.

But facing them in the Blue Square Bet North would be a bit like watching Beyonce in concert... in a pub... with no backing music... and no sexy costume.

It’s all about the sense of occasion.

Lincolnshire derbies are always special.

But this season’s victory and draw with Gainsborough, like winning the Dr Martens title against Grantham Town, just doesn’t compare to those last-minute winners from Matt O’Halloran and Richard Logan against Scunthorpe.

It doesn’t come close to Daryl Clare sticking in that volley in the first-ever Boston-Lincoln clash in the Football League.

The ocasion is nowhere near to Paul Gascoigne dinking that free kick onto Jason Lee’s head at the death when United drew 2-2 at Sincil Bank.

I’ve never liked the one-upmanship in football where supporters gloss over their own team’s failings by celebrating someone else’s fall from grace.

You are meant to love your team, not hate everyone else’s.

Winding your workmate up on a Monday morning is one thing, taking excessive delight from his sadness is perverse.

Lincoln losing is making a lot of United fans very happy right now.

But look at the league structure.

Right now, the Imps are in a higher division and Boston are currently a lesser team than Trinity, or even Gloucester City and Vauxhall Motors, hardly something to cherish.

I’d suggest the Pilgrims get their own house in order, before chortling at their neighbour’s carpet.

Personally, I hope Lincoln stay up.

I hope they get sorted and get back into the Football League, because that is where I believe Boston United should strive to be.

This club should be concentrating on getting back into the Conference national, and then seeing where it can go from there.

Boston United should be desperate to elevate themselves back to the glory days, not waiting for other teams to slip up so they can face them again.

Things are going well for United right now, but football changes quickly, and could have done last night.

Trinity and Lincoln could go on storming runs and be playing one another a level above Boston next season.

Beware of hubris.