Eye on the Tigers! Tom Ward hopes revenge mission can spur on Boston United

Tom Ward hopes victory over Gloucester can help Boston United and return a favour to old boss Jason Lee (below).
Tom Ward hopes victory over Gloucester can help Boston United and return a favour to old boss Jason Lee (below).

Tom Ward hopes that exacting revenge on Gloucester City can help Boston United aid their push towards the play-off places.

The last time United faced the Tigers they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Whaddon Road on December 5... with manager Jason Lee losing his job the following day.

Steve Davies scored the goal which proved the be the final straw for United chairman David Newton.

United’s winless run had stretched to six matches.

“It’s not nice when that happens,” said Pilgrims defender Ward, who is looking to get one back over the Tigers.

“It would be nice to win one for Jason.”

Although hoping to bring a smile to his old gaffer’s face, Ward admits the club must also look at the bigger picture.

Graham Drury has replaced Lee, and the squad are looking to climb the table.

“It doesn’t sound nice to say it, but that’s almost gone now,” Ward added.

“We’ve got a job to do for this club, and that’s to keep on playing and winning as many matches as we can.”

United have faced two postponements since their last match, a 1-0 home victory over Colwyn Bay on January 12.

After seeing away trips to Harrogate Town and Altrincham postponed, the Pilgrims are now fighting their own battle against Mother Nature, hoping their York Street turf can fight off the big freeze ahead of Saturday’s match (KO 3pm).

Drury believes 12 more victories – from 17 remaining fixtures – will see Boston finish in the coveted play-off spots.

And Ward sees no reason why that can’t be achieved.

He added: “We were originally given a target of 13 matches.

“That’s now down to 12 after we beat Colwyn Bay.

“There’s no reason why we can’t do it.

“We always try to win our games. That’s what expected of us at Boston United.”

Ward continued by singing the praises of his teammates, who he believes have the ability to succeed this season.

He told The Boston Standard: “I’ve been at the club three years and I’ve never gone into a match against any side thinking they’re too good and they’re going to beat us.

“We’ve beaten Chester, we’ve beaten Halifax.

“There are a lot of good teams in this division, but we have quality all through this squad.

“If you win one game then you try to win your next.

“If that keeps happening you go on a run.”