BOSTON Town boss Martyn Lakin has predicted a top 10 finish for his Poachers... but he will have to get there without strikers Gary Bull and Danny Matson.
Lakin took the step of releasing the pair following last Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Senior Trophy defeat to Holbeach United.
The manager cited a need to switch personnel to fit in with the style of play he wants from his side.
“I just felt we needed to change things around,” Lakin told The Standard.
“Alex Beck has been playing well and scoring goals.
“But it’s not quite worked for the others this season.
“As a team, I think we’re evolving and improving. We’ve won four league games in a row now and I think we can get better.
“I’m sticking my neck out and saying I think we’re good enough to finish in the top 10.”
Veteran striker Bull, 45, is the club’s record scorer, and was released just two finishes shy of becoming the first Poacher to reach the 200-goal mark.
“I had no idea of that when I released him,” Lakin confessed.
“Perhaps I could have done things a bit better, bit I just felt we needed to make changes.
“Gary scored 20-odd goals for us last season and he has been a terrific servant to Boston Town.
“But maybe we weren’t playing to his strengths.”
Matson returned to Town in the summer, after being the club’s leading scorer in the 2004-05 campaign.
However, injury and suspension have seen him score just three goals in 13 appearances.
Two of those were from the penalty spot, and all arrived back in August.
“When Dan came in we had a lot of expectations for him, and he also had a lot for himself,” Lakin added.
“But he’s a different kind of striker to Alex and they perhaps didn’t compliment each other.”
Instead of pondering what might have been, Lakin says he is already working on bringing in a new striker to the club.
However, he is keeping the name of the forward closely under wraps.
Defender Lawrence Lambley has returned to Tattershall Road and made his first appearance of the season in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Blackstones.
In the summer, Lambley switched to Holbeach but returned to Boston after being released by the Tigers.
Lakin conceded Holbeach deserved their victory over the Poachers in last week’s Lincs Senior Shield clash, but took umbradge at post-match comments from United boss John Chand.
“Once again, we’ve restricted Boston to very few chances and it’s great to have beaten them four times in a row,” Chand said.
“For a young manager like me, who is just cutting his cloth in the game, it’s nice to beat such a big club.
However, Lakin responded: “I can’t have any complaints about the result, Holbeach deserved to win.
“But I’m not keen on hearing people crowing all about it.
“It’s the same for me, I’m still cutting my managerial teeth.
“John’s in his second season as a manger. For me, it’s only my third.
And we’re getting there on a budget which is smaller than a lot of other teams around us.”
Town host AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday (KO 3pm) as they look for their fifth straight UCL Premier win.