“Shut it Newsh!” Ben Fairclough silences his Boston United teammate with a return to scoring form

Ben Fairclough.
Ben Fairclough.

Ben Fairclough hopes his return of two goals from Boston United’s last two games will finally shut teammate Marc Newsham up.

Before Dennis Greene took over the managerial job at York Street on Monday, Fairclough had scored just four goals in 34 appearances, having failed to find the net in his last 23 outings for the club.

But in the past two matches the attacker has found himself on the scoresheet, while leading scorer Newsham has failed to add to his tally of 26.

“I can’t put my finger on why I’ve started scoring, maybe the ball’s just landed nicely for me,” said Fairclough after scoring United’s opener in their 2-0 victory at third-place Brackley Town on Saturday.

“It’s been about six months since I last scored. I just hit it as hard as I could.

“Newsh has given me a lot of stick about not scoring, so it was nice to shut him up.”

Although happy to keep Newsham quiet, the Boston forward believes getting back to winning ways - after seven winless contests in a row under Graham Drury - is the most important thing.

He continued: “I think we’re just finding a bit of confidence now, we were low on confidence before.

“I think always losing affects you, you concede and think ‘it’s happening again’.

“We were getting into a bad pattern. But now we’re getting the first goal we seem a better team.

“Clean sheets help massively because we tend to score most games.

“There are probably people who haven’t played as well as they should have, including me.

“But who knows what we can achieve if we keep this going?”

Greene’s message to the team before Saturday’s match was ‘express yourself’ - and that inspired plenty of the Pilgrims players.

Dan Haystead - often his own biggest critic this campaign - pulled off a number of saves while the defence kept their second consecutive clean sheet.

Nathan Stainfield excelled in his stopper role in midfield, after replacing the injured Anton Foster, while Spencer Weir-Daley has also rediscovered his scoring form.

Six points in a week has suddenly seen United pull away from a suggested relegation battle.

However, Fairclough believes the Pilgrims were never going to finish in the drop zone.

He said: “I thought we would always be safe.

“I don’t think we were going to get dragged into it.

“Now the aim is to finish as high as possible.

“Everyone’s here has to play for their future, and we’ll put everything into every game.”