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Boulevard on right track, says Smith

Smith, the Boulevard player-coach, is optimistic about his side's season

Keemo Smith, the Boulevard player-coach, believes the best is yet to come from his side this season.

Boulevard are unbeaten in their last four Premier Division outings and gathering momentum heading into the business end of the campaign.

“I think we can get better and we are looking for better things to come as the season goes on,” Smith said. “We are just going to take it one game at a time.”

Boulevard’s confidence was boosted at the weekend after earned a 2-2 draw away to Somerset Trojans, the defending champions.

The visiting side led through an early strike from Tiae Vince Douglas and had an Ian Coke penalty saved.

“It was a pretty tough match,” Smith said. “We got a good start but playing Somerset away is always a hard game and they are champions.

“But a 2-2 draw is a good result for us. We didn’t win, but we also didn’t lose and a point is very valuable, especially when you are away from home.”

Boulevard are seventh in the Premier Division, two points above the relegation zone.

They have gone unbeaten in the league since suffering a 4-0 defeat against leaders Dandy Town at St John’s Field last November 22.

Boulevard boast the third worst defensive record in the league but appear to have finally figured things out at the back, conceding only three goals in their last four matches. They are also firing on all cylinders in attack having scored nine during that period.

So what has been the catalyst for the club’s good form of late? “Hard work!” Smith said. “A lot of our games we lost in the last ten minutes, and so I have been telling the guys we need to play until the final whistle and putting a little more hard work into training.”

Boulevard face Trojans for the second time in a week when the two meet in the first round of the FA Cup at Police Field on Sunday.

“Hats off to Blazers, they did a good job to get a draw against us [last weekend],” said Keishon Smith, the Trojans coach. “It was good stuff from both teams and we’re now looking forward to the FA Cup.”