Can Hilliard and Richards aid Boston United’s promotion push?

Lewis Hilliard with Dennis Greene.
Lewis Hilliard with Dennis Greene.

Dennis Greene believes that Lewis Hilliard and Jordan 
Richards will be two 
important pieces in the jigsaw as Boston United prepare for their promotion push.

Midfielder Hilliard joined the club last week, while 
Richards has had his loan from League Two side Notts County extended until the end of the season.

Greene knows all about 25-year-old Hilliard, having previously managed him at St Neots Town.

“He’s a good signing, he’ll bring a lot of experience,” the manager said.

“He can play in a variety of positions and he’s the sort of player we want to have around us.

“I’ve had him for the best part of five years and know what he’s about, his attitude is spot on.”

Hilliard began his career with Rushden and Diamonds and has also had brief spells with St Albans City and 
Biggleswade Town this campaign.

After discussions with the Magpies, Richards has also been given the all-clear to complete the campaign at the Jakemans Stadium.

The impressive 18-year-old midfielder has already played 16 times for Boston this season, scoring once.

Greene sees his return as vital for the hectic Christmas period, adding: “Having Jordan back is a massive boost.

“He can do an important job that other players can’t always do for you.

“He does an important marking job which needs discipline when lots of other midfielders just want to push forward.”

It was originally feared that if Richards was to return to United he would have to wait until the new year, after the completion of a three-month loan.

However, the terms of a youth loan are different, which frees him up for Saturday’s match against Stockport County.

Fellow Notts County loanee Lartey Sarpong has returned to Meadow Lane following the completion of his initial three-month loan spell.