RYAN Semple fired Boston United into the Blue Square Bet North play-offs - before warning his teammates ‘the hard work starts now’.
The Pilgrims winger is under no illusions that dreams of earning the club’s second successive promotion will come easily.
And he has told the rest of the United squad that they must up their game for four more contests if they want to book their place in non-league football’s highest tier.
“It’s the business time of the season and you’ve got to approach every game the same,” Semple told The Standard.
“We’ve got to make sure that we’re at our best from now on.
“We have to think about what has brought us success and not do anything different from that.
“If we play how we have been doing for most of this season then we’ll be OK.”
Semple smashed home a 20-yard screamer to give the Pilgrims a 1-0 lead over Blyth Spartans on Saturday.
Anthony Church, Lawrie Dudfield, Shane Clarke and Adam Boyes were also on target in a 5-0 thrashing that confirmed Boston will compete in the play-offs.
However, Semple added that a guaranteed third-place finish - which came courtesy of Monday’s 1-1 draw at Nuneaton Borough, with Lee Canoville netting for United - does not guarantee success.
And with that in mind, he reckons victory over Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, in the Pilgrims’ final league match of the campaign, is neccessary to help the club move on with momentum.
Semple said: “How many times have we all seen it where a team that has been in the play-off places all season is beaten by a side that just snuck in late on?
“To make sure that doesn’t happen, we’ve got to be prepared mentally.”
But the wideman believes the Boston dressing room has one added advantage over the opposition... spirit.
Semple continued: “We had a blip over Christmas but the morale here was the same.
“We’ve got on with it, even when Rob (Scott) and Paul (Hurst, former managers) left.
“Other teams may use that as an excuse. We won’t.”
United are still in with a chance of grabbing second place in the standings. If they beat Vauxhall Motors and Telford lose to Harrogate on Saturday, goal difference will determine who claims the runners-up place.
On Tuesday, Boston will travel to either Nuneaton or Guiseley - as fourth-placed Eastwood are not allowed to compete due to the condition of their ground - for the play-off first leg.
The return leg will be on May 8, with the final on May 15 at the home of the highest-placed finalist.