Crunch time! Bastock hails Boston United’s tough tacklers

Paul Bastock and Paul Ellender in action at Macclesfield.
Paul Bastock and Paul Ellender in action at Macclesfield.

VETERAN Pilgrims keeper Paul Bastock wants to return to the days of tough tackling on the pitch.

The Boston United number one – no stranger to a ruck or three in his playing career – says the game is a lot softer than when he first playing.

“You don’t see people tackle anymore,” he said.

“It’s all tippy tappy toes.”

Despite being exasperated at the way the game has gone, Bastock believes that in a league like the Blue Square Bet North – which has a reputation for being a tough, physical and combative league – fans still want to see a big crunching tackle fly in.

He suggests that such an action would create a siege mentality, as well as help psyche out the opposition.

“If someone puts a huge tackle in there you’ll probably get man of the match these days,” he added.

During his years with United, Bastock has seen his goal protected by teammates such as Martin Hardy, Paul Ellender and Colin Hoyle, so he’s seen his fair share of crunches.