Scott Duxbury says Boston United have the talent to secure promotion... now they have to prove it

Scott Duxbury. Photo: Oliver AtkinScott Duxbury. Photo: Oliver Atkin
Scott Duxbury. Photo: Oliver Atkin
Left back believes team is stronger than his Stockport County side which won National League North...

Scott Duxbury believes this current Boston United side is stronger than the Stockport County team he helped to win the National League North. But the defender says the onus is now on the Pilgrims to prove it.

Duxbury was part of the 2018-19 Hatters squad which finished top of the table, pipping Chorley by a point.

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It was the Pilgrims’ desire to help him repeat that feat which attracted the left back to the club in the closed season.

Duxbury believes manager Craig Elliott has the tools at his disposal to finish the campaign with promotion, and hopes that Tuesday's 1-0 win at Blyth Spartans - ending a three-game winless streak - has seen the club get back to their early-season form.

Asked how this current squad compares to his teammates at Edgeley Park, Duxbury said: “To be fair, I think we’re better. We had a good group at Stockport and we have a good group here.

“But it’s a tough league to get out of. You’ve got to put your body on the line and do the nitty gritty side of things, as well as the nice football.

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“You’ve got to be finishing chances and keeping the ball out the net.”

Since joining in September, Duxbury says the club feels like home already.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of being here,” he added.

“I could have gone to Chorley at the start of the season, I had a few other options. But I thought I’d come to Boston because of the ambition of the club and where they wanted to go.

“To be fair, the lads have been top class from the word go. We need to be doing what we did in the first four or five games (every week).

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“That’s the standard we should be at and obviously since we came back (from self isolation) we’ve dropped below that.”

United will host Chester at the Jakemans Community Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm), the Pilgrims are desperate to put another good run together in a bid to climb back up the table.

“This season will be like no other, it will be stop-start but you’ve got to get on with it,” Duxbury added.

“There are no excuses. Like the gaffer says, you play football to win football matches. He wants everyone to fight for their shirt."

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