Boston United can now challenge for the play-offs, insists Phil Watt
Phil Watt believes Boston United's newfound solidity can propel them into play-off contention in Blue Square Bet North.
The former Lincoln City defender – one of the new arrivals at the Jakemans Stadium under manager Graham Drury – has already helped shore up Boston's fragile defence.
Watt was at the heart of the back four as United kept their first clean sheet since October against Colwyn Bay last weekend.
He was joined in the side by debutant Anton Foster, who did a sterling job anchoring the midfield after joining from Sheffield FC.
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Watt feels Boston now have the steel to compliment the flair players in the squad.
"We're a good team and we've got some good players," said Watt, who joined the Pilgrims from Grantham Town.
"We've got few flair players and maybe we just needed a few more solid players in there.
"Anton came in last Saturday and did well and got stuck in – that's what you need at this level as well."
Despite sitting just outside the play-offs, Boston's position is somewhat false as they have played more games than most of their rivals.
However, manager Drury is refusing to give up and is eyeing 12 wins from their remaining games, starting at Harrogate on Saturday, weather permitting.
Watt also believes the top five is within reach.
"If we can get on a winning run, the play-offs aren't far off," he insisted.
"Other teams have games in hand, but they mean nothing if they don't win them."
Watt is on the way back up the football pyramid after leaving Lincoln in 2008.
He played under Drury at Corby before joining Grantham, helping the Gingerbreads to the Evo-Stik Division One (South) title last season.
"It's a good opportunity for me because it's a massive club," said Watt.
"From my Lincoln days I know what kind of club it is.
"This was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. I'm very excited to be here.
"Since I left Lincoln I've dropped down a few leagues and done quite well.
"I was just hoping to get the chance to come back to this standard.
"I've played in this league before with Graham. And if you keep doing well, you never know where you could end up.
"It would be great to get back to full-time football one day, but I'm more than happy to be at Boston."