Craig Elliott and Boston one win from the National League

Boston United manager Craig Elliott

Boston United boss and Non League Yorkshire’s manager of the decade Craig Elliott is one win away from the National North.

The former Glasshoughton Welfare, Ossett Town and Shaw Lane Aquaforce manager’s Boston side beat Gateshead 5-3 in the National North play-offs semi-final.

They will now host Altrincham at York Street to compete for a place in Non League’s top flight.

Craig has enjoyed an incredible journey and meteoric rise since his management bow as the reserve team boss of Pontefract Collieries in 2008.

He first enjoyed success with Kellingley in the West Yorkshire League before guiding Glasshoughton out of the doldrums and to promotion to the NCEL Premier Division in 2012.

A fantastic stint at Ossett Town followed until Shaw Lane came calling in February 2014. People called him mad for dropping down two Divisions, but he responded with two consecutive promotions. This was followed by a third promotion in the fourth season. His unforgettable reign was rounded off with a Sheffield Senior Cup and a FA Cup first round proper appearance.

Managing in the Football League remains his goal, but he will be one step closer if he guides Boston to glory next week.

If he does, it will be Craig’s fifth (sixth if you include Kellingley) promotion in ten years. A remarkable stat.

I’m sure most readers of Non League Yorkshire will wish him all the best for next week

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