Dennis Greene marked his 100th game as Boston United boss with an edgy 1-0 victory at Gloucester City... a landmark he wasn’t sure he was ever going to reach.
Greene’s first game in the Pilgrims dug-out was a 4-0 victory - also at the expense of the Tigers - after chairman David Newton had axed previous manager Graham Drury following a poor run of results.
“When I first arrived at the club the fans were singing ‘David Newton, he sacks who he wants’ - so obviously I knew what I’d come into,” Greene told The Standard.
“To still be here two years later and to complete your 100th game and see the progression the team’s made is not bad.
“I’ve made 100 games and I’m sure there’ll be a lot more to come as I’ve still got a year’s contract left.
“If I can survive next year we might be talking 150.”
Greene’s mission is to guide United back to the Vanarama Premier, something he believes he can do if he remains at the Jakemans Stadium for another century of contests.
Asked where he thinks the club could be if he reaches the 200-match milestone, Greene put forward his ambitions with a touch of self-depricating humour.
“Ideally, just moved into a new stadium, certainly into the National Conference - because if we don’t make it this year we’ll be one of the strong favourites with a great chance next year,” he continued.
“I’d like to think that if I make 200 games we’ll be in the National Conference, I just hope it ain’t like we’re bottom of the league after 15 games and I’ve been fired at about 195.
“That’s what tends to happen to managers who go up from the Conference North, they get sacked within a couple of months.”
Despite what happens elsewhere, and the message received from that terrace chant which greeted the manager on his first game in charge, Greene’s future looks pretty safe if his team can continue to grind out victories just like they did at Whaddon Road this weekend.
Mark Jones grabbed the all-important matchwinner with 14 minutes remaining, blasting home a low drive after City debutant James Bowen miscued his clearance into the forward’s path - his ninth goal in 10 matches for the Pilgrims.
And that finish finally settled some nerves in a contest which Boston dominated, but just couldn’t take a firm foothold in.
Kaine Felix posed a constant threat down the right wing as the Tigers defence just couldn’t handle his pace.
From one such early burst Jones connected with his low cross, only for Paul White to brilliantly block his close-range drive.
Carl Piergianni and Dayle Southwell both had chances to open the scoring but couldn’t find the target, while City’s Sahr Kabba rattled the United woodwork on the stroke of half time, his side’s only clear-cut chance.
After Jones had calmed the nerves Felix loomed down on goal but White saved well again.
Chances may have gone begging, but with results falling nicely elsewhere, United finished the day firmly back in the play-off hunt.
Not a bad way to celebrate your 100th game.