York City 0-1 Pilgrims
Pontins Holiday League
by Craig Singleton
A great strike from midfielder Simon Weatherstone ensured that Boston United Reserves claimed maximum spoils on Wednesday afternoon. Weatherstone hit the target in the 50th minute of the Pontins League Division One East fixture at York City to settle the keenly-contested encounter. His goal came after Graham Potters corner was only partially cleared by the York defence, and with the ball landing at his feet 20 yards from goal, Weatherstone dispatched it first time over Chris Porter and into the net. Boston used an adventurous 3-4-3 formation, with Ryan Clarke and Potter acting as wing-backs, either side of midfield duo Simon Rusk and Weatherstone.There were also run-outs for defensive trio Chris Hogg, Stuart Balmer and Matt Hocking, while Stuart Douglas was joined in an unfamiliar three-pronged attack with Lee Thompson and Mark Angel.
The only downside for Boston came at the end of the first half when Hogg sustained a calf injury and had to be replaced by Lee Beevers. But by then, United had weathered an early storm from Yorks attackers and had begun to establish a real foothold in the game, with Potter and Clarke instigating some good attacking movements down the flanks. Weatherstones goal duly arrived just after the interval, and it was one-way traffic from then on, with Boston using the slope at Bootham Crescent to good effect. However, a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Porter extinguished any hope of the Pilgrims adding to their lead. York included new loan signing Justin Walker, who recently arrived from Cambridge United for two months, while powerful striker Jon Parkin also figured on his comeback from injury.
United team: Croudson, Hogg (Beevers 46), Potter, Clarke, Balmer (Redfearn 60), Hocking, Rusk (Duffield 60), Weatherstone, Douglas, L Thompson, Angel. Subs (not used): Boyd, Bastock (gk).