Play-off spots still impossible to predict, say Boston United boss Elliott

Craig Elliott.
Craig Elliott.

Craig Elliott believes it is still impossible to predict who will finish the National League North season in the play-off spots.

Despite the campaign approaching the halfway stage, the Boston United boss says there will be at least 14 teams still confident of a top-seven finish.

“I can’t tell you who’s going to be in the top six or seven teams. It’s so hard,” Elliott said. “I think this is why I’m delighted when we get wins on the board. They’re hard to come by.

“I think you could talk to 14 or 15 managers and they’d all fancy their chances of doing well this season.

“I’ve watched most teams now and I think there’s probably only Kidderminster where I think they look a cut above, but then again some of their results don’t dictate that.”

Elliott believes the tight nature of the division means the side which finishes on top will deserve it, due to the lack of respite available for teams.

“There’s no easy periods,” he added.

“I’m just delighted to be in and around it. It’s a cliche, but it is right in this league.

“I was looking at (fixtures over) months for good periods. You don’t get them.

“In this league you look at it and think ‘who we got next? Blimey, they’re a good team as well’.

“Results are up and down and it’s hard to predict. That’s why after every win I say we have to enjoy it.

“They’re hard to come by, you have to work hard to get them.”

Boston have been forced to change their approach in recent weeks, going for more robust personnel, something Elliott believes is important for the long list of battles his team face.

“I’m not going to lie, that was the idea,” he added.

“I had to assess it all, how we could keep a foothold in this league.

“You’ve got to look at what pople are doing when they’re winning games - they’re big, strong and physical.

“It’s what this league’s about. We’re not lucky enough to have the time with teams that the Kidderminsters have, who play pretty patterns of football.

“We have them for a short period of time so we have to make the best of that.”