Boston United see off Brackley Town to continue revival under Dennis Greene
HAVING looked like a side not capable of winning another game this season, the Pilgrims suddenly look unstoppable under Dennis Greene.
Seven days before clinically seeing off high-flying Brackley, United was a club in the depths of despair.
Supporters were consumed by a mixture of anger and disaffection while the players looked like they had the weight of the world on their shoulders.
But the transformation under new manager Greene has been nothing short of remarkable.
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Given the license to express themselves, the players look like they're enjoying their football again.
While they are too diplomatic to say so, it is clear Graham Drury's approach to management wasn't too their liking.
When discussing Greene, words like 'relaxed' and 'confidence' are regularly used.
The man himself was more modest.
"I think they were just a depressed bunch who hadn't been winning any games," said Greene.
"But they got a sniff of a result and now they're all buzzing.
"They're on the crest of a wave, which gives you more energy and desire to win."
While the 4-0 victory over Gloucester City – Greene's first game in charge – was rather flattering, there was nothing fortunate about the way they got the better of high-flying Brackley on Saturday.
Boston had to be resolute in a first half which saw Izak Reid and Jefferson Louis have goals ruled out for offside.
Meanwhile, United keeper Dan Haystead needed to be at his best to keep out efforts from Louis, Brett Solkhon and Tom Winters.
But after being on the back foot for much of the first half, the Pilgrims bossed the second period once Ben Fairclough fired home his second goal of the week two minutes after the break.
Brackley's cutting edge of the first half had vanished with holding midfielder Nathan Stainfield doing a sterling job in front of the back four. With their pace on the break, it was United who looked most likely to score again.
But unusually for Boston, the game-clinching second goal came from a set-piece.
Ian Ross's corner was met by the head of Spencer Weir-Daley before being deflected into the net by a Brackley defender.
"We rode our luck a little in the first half, defended well and kept our composure," said Greene.
"We kept ourselves in the game, which was the most important thing.
"In the second half we played with a lot more freedom and passed the ball better on the counter-attack.
"We scored two but could have had four or five."
Pilgrims (4-3-3): Haystead; Marshall, Lister (Ward 73), Watt, Field; Ross, Stainfield, Milnes (Smith 79); Fairclough (Sanders 90), Weir-Daley, Newsham. Sub not used: Walker.