BROWNE ON THE BALL: Three reasons to be cheerful despite Boston United’s bad start

THERE was one grumpy looking football manager in Boston on Saturday night.

It would be easy to think I’m talking about Jason Lee, the Pilgrims boss, who turned the air bluer than Everton’s home kit during a four-letter word slanging match with a fan following his side’s defeat to Workington - but I’m actually talking about Ian Dunn.

The Boston Town boss was out celebrating his side’s exciting comeback to beat Loughborough University in the FA Vase.

But one thing soured his mood, albeit briefly.

That was when he learnt that Jason Field had put in an impressing shift at left back for the amber side of the town.

“I wanted to get him back,” said Dunn, who had taken the youngster on loan earlier this season.

However, the Poachers boss was realistic enough to know he’d not be able to keep hold of the defender, who is tipped for a bright future at York Street.

And after Saturday’s performance, it’s fair to say Field will be going nowhere in the near future.

OK, let’s be realistic.

Saturday’s result was dire. Had Marc Newsham’s second half strike – with the score locked at 1-1 –hit the net instead of the post then I believe Workington would have capitulated.

United dominated the game and the difference wasn’t the shooting, but the man wearing the gloves.

Workington keeper Aaran Taylor was the best player on the pitch.

But you have to look at the bigger picture to realise the fans’ mood. Three straight defeats is quite honestly not good enough. Especially against sides who would take being called mediocre as a compliment.

Yes, it’s a bit gloomy at the moment. On Saturday, even chairman David Newton, always a realist, had the face of a man who had just emailed his bank details to a Nigerian prince needing help shifting his fortune out of Africa.

But I’m going to pretend that I’m a glass-half-full kind of person for a minute and look for positives.

There weren’t many ahead of last night’s trip to Oxford City, but three things did stand out on Saturday: Jason Field, James Reed and Korey Dyer-Stewart.

We already know what Reed can do on his day and I must admit that Dyer-Stewart still needs more work than an F-reg Skoda with 100,000 miles on the clock.

But they have shown bags of potential and only one of them is old enough to buy a pint.

Field, however, was the one who stole the show. While the experienced Football League veteran Gary Silk was having a bit of a mare on the right, Field looked the part on the left.

Before making his first league start for United on Saturday, Field had worn the first-team shirt longer for squad photshoots than on the turf.

But given his chance, he shined. He played with that lack of respect and fear that is so entertaining in one so young, but he also had no trouble with the physical aspects of the game.

He has arguably the toughest chance of holding down a starting berth in the team as understudy to the captain, the unfaltering Gareth Jelleyman.

But injury gave Field a game on Saturday, and his performance gave everyone at least one reason to be cheerful. Unless you’re Ian Dunn.