Ryan has a Semple plan

Ryan Semple
Ryan Semple

RYAN Semple has warned his Boston United teammates that complacency could ruin their season.

The Pilgrims head off to Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday with a firm foothold in the Blue Square Bet North’s top five.

But the winger is aware that a run of bad results could see United lose their place in the play-off spots and slip down the table.

“We want to cement our place in the top five and then see what comes,” said Semple.

“There’s a gap between us and the teams below at the moment, but if we take our foot off gas then teams can come and catch us.

“Vauxhall Motors are one of the sides not that far below us. A few months ago a draw there was seen as a bad result for us as they were struggling, now look where they are.

“That proves that you have to be consistent in this division, otherwise things can happen quickly.”

And with that in mind, Semple says the Pilgrims have to be at their best to get a result at Celtic, the only team in the division to be a full-time club.

“Each game is a big chance to get three points,” he added. “We can’t rest on our laurels as we have good teams beneath us wanting to catch us.

“But I don’t think complacency will be an issue, if it was the managers will quickly stop that.”

Boston earned a 1-0 league victory over Stalybridge in October.

On that occasion Jamie Yates grabbed the only goal of the game when he latched onto a mistake by visiting keeper Jan Budtz.

Stalybridge can currently boast former Pilgrims defender Tim Ryan as their assistant manager, while another former Boston defender, Alan White made six appearances for the club this season, before moving to Gateshead.

Boston boss Rob Scott agreed with Semple’s sentiments, saying: “It’s too early to suggest the top five will be there at the end of the season.

“As we saw last year, some teams put a run together and some others drop down.

“We’ve just got to make sure we’re still up there.”