Gainsborough Trinity's Mark Jones ready for hostile reception against Boston United
MARK Jones is ready for a hostile reception when he comes up against Boston United on Saturday – but accepts it is part and parcel of the game.
The Gainsborough Trinity striker is set for a quick reunion with his former club – who he left earlier this month after agreeing an 18-month deal with the Blues – when United travel to the Northolme in Blue Square Bet North.
Jones says he has been touched by the kind comments of some United supporters since leaving the Jakemans Stadium, where he was a firm fans’ favourite after scoring 14 goals.
However, he knows that not all Boston fans at the Northolme on Saturday will be as positive towards him.
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“It’s just a game of football and I now play for Gainsborough Trinity,” said Jones.
“If I am selected for the game, I will try and do my best for my team and that means scoring goals if possible.
“I know what a derby atmosphere can be like.
“I used to get stick off the Corby fans when I moved to Boston, so I will probably get a bit from the Boston fans now.
“I will just have to get my head down and work hard.”
Jones’ manager at Trinity, Steve Housham, believes the striker has the ability to play at a higher level.
Housham says Gainsborough could prove to be a stepping stone in his career.
“My job now is to try and make Mark a better player,” said Housham.
“I would like to think that this is just another stepping stone in Mark’s career and that he could develop and go on to play higher up, probably in the Football League.
“That is my hope with all the players here, because if they do well it usually means we do well as a club.”