Drury’s happy to play the waiting game for match time

THE best things come to those who wait - just ask Pilgrims keeper Ricky Drury.

The home-town lad grew up supporting Boston United, and it is his sporting ambition to one day become the club’s regular number one.

But one thing currently stands between Drury and a starting place... his pal and mentor Paul Bastock.

“Boston’s the club I want to play for,” said Drury, who has spent time on loan with Evo-Stik Division One South side Quorn this season.

“It’s my home town club. But I need experience.

“I’m just pleased to play. I’d love to be playing here, but with the form Bazza’s in, I’m not going to be.”

Brushing aside Bastock would not be an easy task.

The custodian may be 42-years-old, but he is the club’s all-time appearance record holder (674 matches), and fiercely protective of his place in the starting line-up.

This is something Drury is fully aware of, but he’s willing to bide his time.

He added: “Bazza’s harsh, he keeps that number one jersey for himself. But he’s a great player.

“He’s the club legend so he’s the perfect person to look up to.

“He’s teaching me so many different things. He’s a great role model and I learn so much from him.

“I’m only 22 and, at the end of the day, if you look at Baz, I’ve got another 20 years ahead of me.

“I’ll learn my trade when and where I can.”

To date, Drury has made four first-team appearances for Boston, three in the Lincs Senior Shield and one in the Blue Square Bet North last season, a 2-2 draw with Harrogate Town.

Pilgrims boss Jason Lee, is happy with Drury’s progress, adding: “He’s been waiting for a chance to play at this level.

“I think Ricky is a fine young goalkeeper who will only benefit to going out to Quorn.

“He’s been a very good understudy.

“I think a lot of him he’s progressing, which is what we ask of him.”