A look at Craig Elliott's first 100 games in charge of Boston United

Saturday's 3-1 victory at Kidderminster Harriers was Craig Elliott's 100th game in charge of Boston United. Duncan Browne takes a look back at the past two years under the manager...
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Craig Elliott


From his 100 games in the United dug-out, Elliott has recorded an impressive 47 victories. His biggest winning margins have been 5-0 victories at Ashton United in the FA Trophy last season, and at home to Altrincham in league action earlier this campaign. His first win was a 2-1 success on December 2, 2017, kick-starting a run of four straight victories, a sequence he is yet to repeat.


Nineteen of Craig Elliott's matches in charge of Boston have ended all square, although one of them saw the Pilgrims beaten on penalties at Gainsborough in the county cup. The highest-scoring draw was the 4-4 stalemate at home to FC United. Elliott has also overseen three 0-0 draws, including the recent FA Cup tie at League One Rochdale.


Boston have suffered 34 defeats during Elliott's tenure. His first game in charge was a 3-1 defeat at soon-to-be-promoted Harrogate Town. Elliott's heaviest defeats with Boston have all been on the road; 4-1 at Chester and Brackley Town and 3-0 at Blyth Spartans, Gloucester City and Gateshead.


The Pilgrims have scored 168 goals in 100 matches under Elliott. They have shipped 133 times in the same period, although the Pilgrims did go a staggering 363 minutes without conceding earlier this campaign. Jordan Thewlis is the player who has scored the most goals for United under Elliott. His tally of 14 is closely followed by Ashley Hemmings 13, Brad Abbott 12, Nicky Walker 11, Reece Thompson 11 and Gavin Allott 10. The most goals in a game came in last season's 5-4 win at Guiseley.


A total of 98 players have been named in match day squads by Elliott, although Karl Hawley, Lee Stratford and Jake Frestle have not made it off the bench. Seven players have been selected for more than 50 per cent of the games under the manager: Brad Abbott (90), Andi Thanoj (84), George Willis (63), Ryan Qualter (62), Ashley Jackson (56), Jay Rollins (55) and Nicky Walker (54). At the other end of the scale, 12 players have made just a single appearance.


Joning the club in November 2017, Elliott guided the Pilgrims from the relegation zone to a ninth-place finish, aided by a nine-game unbeaten run, only missing out on a play-off spot on the final day of the campaign. Last season Boston finished 11th. They currently sit seventh in the National League North, with games in hand on rivals.


Elliott is yet to win a trophy with the Pilgrims. However, this season he has guided them into the final of the county cup, where they will face Cleethorpes Town, and the second round of the FA Cup, where the winners of the replay against Rochdale will get to host Premier League Newcastle United. Is the treble still on?