Drawing first blood is vital for Boston United, says Rene Steer

Rene Steer.
Rene Steer.

Rene Steer is urging Boston United to hit the ground running in 2015.

With the Pilgrims yet to lose a Vanarama North match in which they have scored first this season, the left back is demanding Boston up the tempo in the early stages of their matches.

Steer believes that going for the jugular can help United end their campaign in the play-off spots.

“We need to take more points and we need to take our chances more,” he said.

“If we can go in front then their (the opposition’s) heads will go.

“If we can pick up points from our games then we can be up there challenging at the end of the season.

“There’s no doubt we’re good enough to be around there, but we just have to win more games.”

Scoring first seems to be key for Boston.

Going into New Year’s Day’s contest at Lowestoft Town, Dennis Greene’s side have claimed 25 out of a possible 33 points when they’ve opened the scoring.

Indeed, United are yet to lose a match in which they scored first this season.

Of the 11 matches in which they’ve netted the first goal, they have won seven times and drawn on a further four occasions.

However, conceding the first goal seems to have the opposite effect in league action.

Only twice have the Pilgrims come back from conceding the first goal to win this season.

Those two occasions came against against Bradford Park Avenue and AFC Fylde, both of which were 3-1 victories.

But from the 11 matches in which they’ve trailed, United have lost seven times and mustered two draws - a return of eight points from a possible 33.

The contest at home to Chorley is United’s only goalless draw of the campaign.