A frustrated Dennis Greene has decided it’s time to make wholsesale changes to the Boston United defence.
Speaking after yesterday’s 2-1 home defeat to FC Halifax Town, the manger admitted he will need to bring in new faces in the summer if the Pilgrims are to compete at the top end of the Blue Square Bet North table.
“When we got the equaliser it looked like there was only one team in it, but to come out and lose the game due to sloppy defending is really disappointing,” he said.
“It’s the same as Chester last week, we’re more than competitive in the game and we lose.
“That’s why certain things have got to change at the football club with regards to personnel, because we can’t put that much into a football game and come out losing.
“It’s probably why we are where we are in the league, we’ve conceded too many sloppy goals.”
Chris Worsley and Alex Titchiner won the contest for Halifax, while Marc Newsham’s penalty was his 29th goal of the season for United.
When asked outright whether Boston have the defensive strength to compete for promotion next season, Greene’s answer was one word - an emphatic ‘no’.
“If you look at the goals conceded table for the teams at the top of the table, and look at us, we’ve probably conceded double,” he added.
“You don’t win any leagues conceding the amount of goals we do.
“We’ve probably conceded 10 in the past few games, it’s not good enough.”
A quick glance at the stats would show that the Pilgrims have, in fact, shipped eight goals in their past four matches.
Although not as bad as Greene feared, its is a stark contrast to the opening three contests under the manager, where United kept a hat-trick of clean sheets and scored nine times.
Champions Chester and fourth-placed Halifax have the league’s best defensive records, both teams conceding just 30 goals.
Boston have conceded 68 times to date in the BSBN, currently the seventh worst record in the division.
Injuries and regular tinkering to the back four haven’t helped the cause, but Greene believes this is important to help him decide which players to keep at the Jakemans Stadium next season.
He continued: “We’re playing for nothing. I’m picking teams to make sure I get it right with who to keep next season.
“I want to win matches along the way, but sometimes you have to do this to be where you want to be next season.
“You’ve got to have a look.”
The eight contracts United have already offerered to players would hint that Greene is more happy with the attacking players he has at his disposal.
Leading scorer Marc Newsham, forward Spencer Weir-Daley and midfielder Ian Ross yesterday signed deals for next season.
Midfielders Ben Milnes and James Reed, winger Greg Mills and attacker Ben Fairclough have also been in talks about next season and look likely to stay on.
But of the seven defenders currently with the Pilgrims, only Nathan Stainfield has been offered anything so far.
Although keen to stay, the Swineshead centre back has issued a case for the defence.
He said: “I thought it was a fairly even game, but it was two chances and two goals for them and we didn’t take our chances.
“The two lads up top never gave us any peace today and they ran the channels well.
“Top teams take their chances. If you bury a couple of chances it takes the pressure off.
“We’ve conceded far too many goals this season, but on the flipside we’ve had hundreds of chances and could have buried teams.
“I’m not sticking up for the back line, but it works both ways.
“It’ll be interesting to se who turns up in pre-season.”