Boro’ and Pinney respond to the doubters in style

Nat Pinney
Nat Pinney

Criticism was quick to emerge from some supporters on social media after a stuttering start saw Borough lose their opening two games of the new campaign.

But victory at Wealdstone last Saturday was quickly followed by a 1-0 home triumph against St Albans on Tuesday night.

It lifted Borough to 10th in the fledgling league table and boosted morale ahead of the 420-mile round trip to Weston Super Mare tomorrow (Saturday).

Boss Widdrington said, “It is the nature of what we do. One week I’m John Carver and I haven’t a clue and the next I’m José Mourinho.

“I don’t give some of this stuff on the internet the time of day to be honest. We have many great supporters at the club and it is just a very small percentage.”

Powerful striker Nat Pinney was also criticised after the first two games but responded in style at Wealdstone with an expertly taken winner.

“Fans have the right to have their say.” Widdrington added. “But when it’s personal and blown up out of proportion, that’s when it gets frustrating. I was delighted Nat got his goal at Wealdstone. The way he took it shows what a good finisher he is. Nat Pinney has been absolutely fantastic since he came here and I have no doubt he is one of the best strikers in this division and will go on to have a good season.”

Darren Lok returns from injury and will face a battle to reclaim his place in the starting XI. Both Pinney and Elliott Romain have impressed up front, with Romain grabbing the winner in midweek against St Albans.

“Elliott has surprised a few people since he arrived. He was thrown in early as Loky had a couple of weeks out and has performed well for us.

“Everybody knew about his work rate but his quality on the ball and allround play has also been spot on. It gives me options and from my point of view it is a nice problem to have.”

Weston have struggled so far this campaign. They have played three, lost three and conceded 12. They were beaten 4-1 by Concord Rangers on the opening day of the season and followed that with a 4-0 loss to Gosport, they were then beaten 4-2 by Hemel Hempstead.

Widdrington added, “They are yet to win and I don’t want us to be their first. My players have to at it 100 per cent or we will get beat.”

St Albans match report on page 97