United are close to being challengers

Paul Lister.
Paul Lister.
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Paul Lister believes Boston United aren’t far from becoming a side capable of winning the Blue Square Bet North title.

Onlookers may look at the league table and raise their eyebrows at his bold boast.

However, Lister knows exactly what it takes to win this league, having done so with Alfreton Town in 2011.

The defender made his debut on Saturday, as the Pilgrims lost out 2-1 at second-placed Guiseley.

He told The Standard: “They’re not far off being that good at all.

“This side are, technically, probablythe best in the league. But it’s just cutting the individual errors out that needs to be changed.

“Alfreton were a side that were hard to break down, we need to be like that.”

The 23-year-old left cash-strapped Hinckley United on Wednesday and was expecting to sign for an unnamed club until Boston manager Graham Drury called him on Friday.

From then on, the ex-Burton Albion and Grantham player knew there was only going to be one team he would be joining.

Lister continued: “It’s the kind of club that, if they ring you, you take note.

“It’s a club people want to play for.

“Boston’s always a club I’ve looked at.

“Everybody knows it’s a big club. The setup’s good, they’ll bring a lot of fans and now its my turn to be here.”