Half-term report

Verdict on the season so far...

After 21 league games - exactly halfway through the season - Boston Town have only three wins to their name and languish just one place off the bottom of the United Counties League Premier Division table.
It's all a far cry from the optimism that surrounded the club in August as new manager Nathan Collins brought in players like Josh Sunter, Danny Trott and Sam O'Malley.
Some doom-mongers are already talking about the possibility that this could be the club's worst in their history. Certainly we need to improve in the second half of the season if we're to stave off the threat of relegation for the first time since we formed in 1964. We've never been relegated and let's hope it stays that way.
Statistically, our worst ever finish was in 1986-87 when we finished rock bottom of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division - switching to the Central Midlands league Supreme Division the following year and thus avoiding being relegated. 
The mid-1980s was an era of struggle when we finished 16th or lower four seasons out of five. But the good news is the club quickly turned their fortunes round and were CML champions just two seasons after finishing bottom.
Gary Frost has been given a tough task to salvage something from this season and has been hampered by departures of key players as well as injuries. Jack Wightwick and Alex Beck are the sort of strikers who will always score goals at this level but have both moved on.
However, Curtis Revell has shown he can make the step up from the Lincs League and has managed six goals in 15 games.
The return from injury of Jordan Nuttell and Lori Borbely could be key, too. We've had a staggering turnover of players this season and really need some continuity in the squad if we're to climb up the table. Players like Loz Lambley, Simon Ashton and Richard Ford have offered a tremendous amount of stability but we could do with adding to that nucleus of regulars.
More recent arrivals like Jan Pinner have shown promise while players such as Steven Jucikas, Rares Demeter and Bence Farago show the potential Eastern European talent in the Boston area.


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