BOSTON United’s fearless dressing room attitude is back, says Danny Sleath.
The midfielder was part of the Pilgrims sides which reached the UniBond Premier and Blue Square Bet North play-offs during the previous two seasons.
Those two successful campaigns were defined by late winning streaks, fuelled by a confident ‘all-for-one’ attitude amongst the players.
And after a significant squad rebuilding over the summer, Sleath believes that winning mentality is back at York Street – just in time for a late push up the league table.
“Normally you hear people say there’s confidence in the team and don’t know whether they really mean it,” he told The Standard.
“But I genuinely think this time there’s been a change in the boys.
“We’re starting to believe we’re a team now.
“We’ve got to know each other, we’re building trust and friendships. There’s no reason why we can’t push for the play-offs.”
Sleath’s comments came after the Pilgrims bounced back from a two-week break from action to record back-to-back victories over Vauxhall Motors and Gloucester City, leaving United nine points away from the top five.
Managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville had the tough task of replicating the success brought by Rob Scott and Paul Hurst in their two-year stint in the Boston dug-out, when they were officially handed the posts in the summer.
But after re-shuffling the side in the close-season, and making positive changes throughout the campaign, Sleath reckons they have discovered the winning formula.
“Obviously, it would be hard to replicate what we had last season, but as far as football goes we’re getting it together now,” he added.
“I feel like we’re a team and we can definitely push on. There’s a very positive feeling in that dressing room right now.”
Saturday sees United heading to Worcester City (KO 3pm), looking to leapfrog the side who sit a place and a point above them in the standings.
Victory over the Royals would see the Pilgrims record three-straight wins for the first time this campaign.
There is also the matter of Tuesday’s Lincs Senior Shield final at Grantham Town, where Canoville and Lee could win their first silverware as managers.
“They’re up there and tough team to play against,” said Sleath.
“We’ll go there looking to give a good account of ourselves and I don’t see any reason why we can’t get three points.”