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Graham Drury wants Boston United to cash in against lesser sides

By Boston Target  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

Boston United manager Graham Drury

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GRAHAM Drury is targeting a bumper points haul after ending a punishing run of fixtures against Blue Square Bet North's big hitters.

Boston United have been pitted against play-off dwelling Altrincham, Gainsborough Trinity and Guiseley in recent weeks, picking up one point and conceding 11 goals.

However, the Pilgrims have improved drastically since the 7-1 trouncing at Altrincham by drawing 2-2 at Trinity before losing 2-1 at Guiseley on Saturday.

Drury admits his new-look side cannot be expected to compete with the likes of Guiseley, who are the only realistic threat to runaway leaders Chester.

But the former Stamford boss believes his side is more than capable of taking points off the division's lesser side, starting at home against mid-table Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.

"We've now got to try and put in performances like that against the lesser sides and hopefully take points from them," said Drury.

"We're not in the region of sides like Guiseley at the moment. We've got to be realistic about it.

"The quality of their finishing, the quality of their hold-up play from the forwards and how to grind results out – that's why they're second in the league.

"We've got to get that mentality into the team."

Full-time Stalybridge are traditionally one of the sides to beat too but, like Boston, have struggled to sustain a bid for the play-offs this term.

"They're well organised, fit and good on the ball," added Drury.

"They'll be a tough nut to crack, but we've got to concentrate on what we do and try not to concede sloppy goals, like we did on Saturday."

Despite conceding two soft goals, Drury hailed the character of his side after Saturday's defeat.

"It's the first time since I've been at the club that we've gone a goal behind and responded well," he said.

"It the past, this team has collapsed. On Saturday we didn't collapse and we worked very hard at getting back in the game.

"The desire was there on Saturday, it was another step forward from the Gainsborough performance."

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