Hocking wants a high five

Matt Hocking.
Matt Hocking.

Matt Hocking has set his Boston Town side the target of finishing in the top five of the United Counties League Premier Division.

The former Hull City and Sheffield United defender is preparing for his second year in the Poachers’ dug-out with joint boss Ian Dunn.

And after watching his side finish 10th last campaign, he wants to see an improvement.

“I think we underachieved a little bit last season,” he said.

“There weren’t nine teams better than us in the division, but sometimes we weren’t consistent enough.”

Town’s attempts to strengthen their squad began towards the end of last season, and Hocking believes that early planning will work to the club’s advantage.

“We sat down during last season and and asked ‘what do we need to add to the squad?’,” he said. “It wasn’t just the management team, but the senior players as well.

“We asked ourselves what we could do to become a better squad.”

Those questions seem to have brought some swift answers, with the likes of Jason Field, Mickey Stones, Ricky Drury, Nick Jackson, Liam Bull and Loz Lambley signed on.

Hocking continued: “We’ve added a lot of quality to the team.

“We haven’t discussed a target for the season, but I’m looking at us getting into the top five or six.

“We have to be optimistic, and I want to win every game.”

Town host a Grimsby Town XI tonight (KO 7.45pm) and Peterborough Sports on Saturday (KO 3pm).