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Wisbech Town 1-3 Pilgrims


by Craig Singleton

BOSTON Unitedís pre-season bandwagon keeps on rolling. The Pilgrims chalked yet an another victory last night, with a 3-1 success Wisbech Town. United - whose side contained youth and experience - won with goals from Andy Lodge, Gary Pawson and Anthony Elding. LODGE broke the deadlock in the 17th minute, when his deflected drive flew into the net past home keeper Ian Pledger. Elding had a couple of chances to increase Bostonís advantage, firstly blazing over from 25 yards following a through-ball from Danny Steadman, and then seeing Pledger hold a low drive. Leigh Taylor, Adie Hayes and Simon Livett all had opportunities to add to the scoreline before the break but found keeper Pledger in good form.

In reply, Wisbechís Turkish midfielder Tuncay Korkmaz drilled a shot marginally wide of the goal after good play by ex-Pilgrim Ian Stringfellow. After the interval, Boston got their second, when in the 53rd minute, PAWSON headed home substitute Peter Costelloís cross. Wisbech hit back almost immediately when skipper Paul HILL headed home from a corner in the 55th minute. Hill found himself in an almost identical position a minute later, but on this occasion could only direct his header over the bar. Korkmaz thought he had equalised in the 70th minute after getting the better of the Boston defence, but saw his fierce shot saved by the legs of keeper Kevin Martin. Boston wrapped up the scoring in the 75th minute, when ELDING slotted home from close range after Steadmanís teasing cross had been dropped by Pledger.

United team: 1. Martin, 2. Gowshall (Markham, 81), 3. Lodge (Harrison, 70), 4. Cramman, 5. Pawson, 6. Herbert (Hoyle, 65), 7. Steadman, 8. Hayes (Costello, 46), 9. Elding, 10. Taylor, 11. Livett.

This report originally appeared in the Lincolnshire Echo.