Family affair ends! But life at Boston United goes on, says Fairclough

Ben Fairclough.
Ben Fairclough.

STRIKER Ben Fairclough admits he was sad to see his cousin Jordan leave the club... but admits his top priority is firing Boston United into the Blue Square Bet North play-offs.

Defender Jordan was released by the Pilgrims last month after making 20 appearances at right back.

Jordan Fairclough.

Jordan Fairclough.

“It’s a little bit disappointing to see him go, but football’s a funny game,” admitted Ben.

“But at the end of the day, I have to look out for myself.

“Conor (Marshall) has come in and done really well in that position.

“We’ve just got to put it behind us and go forward as a team.”

In a strange twist of fate, it was Jordan who instigated Ben’s move to the Jakemans Stadium.

With his cousin unhappy at Eastwood Town, the defender spoke to bosses Lee Canoville and Jason Lee.

“He asked me to give them a bit of a nudge and I told them Ben was available,” Jordan told The Standard after his cousin signed on.

Despite both coming through the Nottingham Forest academy, the two cousins were in different age groups – Ben is two years older - and never played together, other than in family kickabouts.

However, they both fulfilled their ambition of sharing a pitch together for the first time when United were knocked out of the FA Cup at Kidsgrove Athletic back in October.

After scoring the stoppage-time winner at Corby Town last Saturday, Ben is now focussed on holding down a place in the starting line-up after finding himself in and out of the team.

“I want to play every week, but the players in front of me were doing well,” he admitted.

“Now I’ve got my chance I want to keep on taking it and, hopefully, get a few more goals.”

Ben admitted that, even when watching from the sidelines, his managers held a firm faith.

He continued: “It’s been hard but, with training, you know if you work and train hard then opportunities will come.

“The gaffers said to me to keep my head down and I’d get my chance.

“They were true to their word, and now its up to me to keep on producing.”