Home boys! Ian Dunn and Matt Hocking are new Boston Town managers

Ian Dunn and Matt Hocking.
Ian Dunn and Matt Hocking.

NEW Boston Town managers Ian Dunn and Matt Hocking say it’s their aim to bring silverware to Tattershall Road.

The duo – both former Poachers players – have returned to their home-town club to take their places in the dug-out.

And after a successful season with Pinchbeck United, they have their sights firmly set on more success.

“It’s brilliant and I can’t wait to get started because it’s our home town,” said Dunn, who guided Pinchbeck to the Peterborough and District Premier Division title and Peterborough FA Senior Cup last season.

“It’s going to be special so, hopefully, we can do something good here and bring the good times back.

“It’s been a bit dull here for the past couple of years.”

Dunn was quick to point out his comments were not a swipe at ex-Poachers boss Martyn Lakin, who he played under at both Bourne and Boston, and who was operating without the finances of most of Town’s rivals.

Instead, he aims to get the Poachers back up into the top five of the United Counties League Premier Division, where Poachers fans believe the club belongs.

“Ideally, we want to win the league,” Dunn added when pressed on his hopes this term.

“Any manager at this stage of the season wants to win it.

“But I know realistically we have to look at a top five or six placing.

“The club’s good enough, the players are good enough.

“If we can strengthen a little then we that has to be our aim, to get up there.”

Dunn has good knowledge of the UCL, having had two previous spells with Town, also turning out in attack for Bourne Town, Sleaford Town, Holbeach United, Spalding United and Deeping Rangers, as well as a spell in the Blue Square Bet South with St Albans City.

Hocking’s career as a defender saw him turn out in the Football League for Sheffield United, Hull City, York City and Boston United, before stints with Stevenage Borough, Southport, Fisher Athletic, Boston Town and St Albans.

He spent last season as Pinchbeck captain, playing under Dunn.

“We’ve got a good core of players here and they have to decide whether they want to stay with us or whether we want to keep them,” Hocking told The Standard.

“We’ll have a look pre-season and give everyone the opportunity to impress.

“There are also plenty of good local players who may want to step in here and impress as well.”

He is also looking forward to the challenge, adding: “I’m coming up to 35 and I’m at the age now where I’m ready for a new challenge in football.

“I think I’ve got a lot of experience I’d like to pass on to younger players.”