Small order! Size isn’t everything, says Boston United’s Fairclough

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PILGRIMS striker Ben Fairclough has told the Blue Square Bet North bully boys that they don’t scare him.

Standing 5ft 6in tall, the Boston United forward is used to opposing defenders thinking they can rough him up.

But instead of being psyched out of the game, Fairclough says the attention only drives him on.

“I get it every week, but I don’t mind it,” he told The Standard. “You just cope and give some back.

“I’m not the tallest, so players think I won’t fancy it. But it fires me up.

“It gives me more ammunition to go back at them.”

Fairclough proved that the Davids can out-battle the Goliaths on Saturday, as he bravely nodded home United’s stoppage-time winner at Corby.

The pacy striker many not be the same imposing figure as 6ft 3in Jason Lee, the man he is currently keeping out of the starting line-up.

However, Fairclough believes what the club’s three-man attack force - which also includes Marc Newsham and Spencer Weir-Daley - lacks in power, they more than make up for in guile.

He added: “I enjoy it in the front three. We’re not the biggest, but we’ve got a lot of movement and pace.

“Newsh is very clever and we can all cause defenders problems.

“I think the tendency with a big man is to kick it up to him as it’s easier.

“With a smaller front three you have to keep the ball more - and that gets the creative midfielders on the ball and makes the team tick.”

After a change in fortunes, picking up four points from their past two matches, Boston managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville look likely to stick with their attacking line-up for Saturday’s clash at Hinckley.

Fairclough made his Pilgrims debut in the 2-0 success over the Knitters – the club where he spent last season - in September.

The weekend’s opponents find themselves third-bottom in the table, although 11 points away from danger, following an up-and-down campaign, packed with goals at both ends.

In their past seven games, Hinckley have scored 18 and conceded 20.

Knowing his old side well, Fairclough is tipping Boston to return from the Greene King Stadium with a victory.

He said: “Hopefully, I can score against them and get us the points again.

“There’s a few lads there I know, so I wouldn’t mind getting one over them.

“They like playing football and that can show who’s the better team – I fancy us all day.”