BROWNE ON THE BALL: Loan rangers add extra dimension to Boston United

Jordan Blinco.
Jordan Blinco.

I was thinking to myself the other day that perhaps Boston United should change next year’s away kit to red and white striped shirts... just to make sure the next bunch of lads joining from Sunderland feel at home that little bit more.

But then I left Alfreton Town’s Impact Arena on Saturday realising there’s pretty much no need for that at all.

I mean, those Black Kittens which have pulled on the Pilgrims’ shirt in recent seasons have all looked more than at home in amber and black.

This weekend Jordan Blinco - the eighth Sunderland academy youngster to link up with Dennis Greene at the Jakemans Stadium - found the killer touch twice to score the all-important goals in that victory over Alfreton Town.

The first was down to good positioning, sensing danger and getting into the right place at the right time.

The second was a touch of class.

Collecting the ball on his chest and firing home a low drive that nestled just inside the post and beyond the dive of Matt Duke, it was a strike which evidently secured the three points following a nervy final few minutes.

The fact that his goal came following another telling cross from fellow Sunderland youngster Dylan McEvoy won’t be lost on you either.

Since Greene’s arrival at Boston, Liam Marrs, Liam Agnew, David Ferguson, Max Stryjek, Tom McNamee, Joel Dixon, McEvoy and now Blinco have all made the long trek down from one of the finest academy set-ups in the country to take on the rough and ready challenges of the National League North.

Of course, it is a relationship which seems to be blossoming - those youngsters get a taste of senior football while the Pilgrims get squad depth and young, raw talent which can often prove vital.

A similar partnership appears to be forming with Notts County too, Boston enjoying the services of Kyle Dixon, Greg Tempest, Jordan Richards and Lartey Sarpong during this season and last.

And such teamwork is vital for a team like United, who don’t have the financial resources to just keep on adding to their squad every time there is an injury, suspension or gap in the team.

Talented squad players, supplemented by encouraging youngsters, is creating an exciting team to watch - not matter what coloured shirt they pull on.