Welcome Matt! Hocking returns to Boston Town fold

Matt Hocking.
Matt Hocking.

PLAYER-manager Matt Hocking has returned to ease Boston Town’s defensive worries.

The central defender – formerly on the books of Sheffield United, Hull City and Boston United – has missed the start of the campaign due to family commitments.

But now Hocking is back at Tattershall Road and hoping to add some experience to a young defence.

“It’s good to have him back,” said fellow manager Ian Dunn.

“We need numbers in at the back.

“We just need him to get his match fitness back.”

Despite missing the opening three matches of the UCL Premier campaign and the FA Cup defeat to Quorn, Hocking could be thrust straight back into the Poachers’ back four.

Michael Wood is still playing with an injury while loanee Travis Munn is still with the club on a match-by-match basis but could be recalled by Boston United at any time.

With this in mind, Town – who lost defenders Craig Parker and Jack Smith on the eve of the season – continue to look to bolster the defence.

Dunn continued: “We’ve spoken to a defender about joining this week.

“We just have to wait and see how how that goes.”

Keeper Michael Emery remains on loan from Boston United in the same deal as Munn.

Jason Field’s spell at Tattershall Road has seemingly ended following his recall to Jason Lee’s squad.

However, an elbow injury could be affecting the ex-Gainsborough stopper.

Regular number one Chris Wright remains out for up to three more weeks while fellow keeper Ricky Lovelace is unavailable.

Town have been involved in two high-scoring draws this week, finishing all square at 3-3 with Spalding and 4-4 with Cogenhoe.

However, manager Dunn remains reasonably pleased.

He added: “It’s a bonus that we’re scoring goals.

“We can work on our defence and tighten things up, but some teams struggle to score.

“Fortunately, we’re not having that problem right now.”

The Poachers were boosted this week by striker Simon Mowbray agreeing to remain with the club after initially signing on for a short-term basis.

On Saturday, Town host Loughborough University in the FA Vase (KO 3pm).

On Tuesday, they travel to face St Ives in league action (KO 7.45pm).