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Pilgrims 0-3 Peterborough United


by Barbara Singleton

Three goals in the final eight minutes gave a distorted look to an otherwise evenly contested pre-season friendly on Saturday. And unfortunately for Boston United, it was their defence which sprang a triple leak with time ticking away against a full strength Second Division Peterborough outfit. It was an unwanted twist in the tale as far as United acting manager Neil Thompson was concerned. "I thought the result was a bit of an injustice. For 80 minutes or so we were easily a match for them. We looked sharp and dangerous for the first 10 minutes, towards half-time and then again for most of the second half," he said. "If we had stayed strong at the back, I am sure we might even have nicked a 1-0 win. But we paid for three sloppy mistakes - one where Jim (Rodwell) got the wrong side of his man and two more where we failed to stop crosses coming in.

But no points were lost and hopefully lessons will be learned. We simply went to sleep for the last 10 minutes and know we cannot afford to do that when the Third Division campaign starts." The first of the goals which scuppered United came in the 83rd minute when Jimmy BULLARD fired in from the penalty spot after Neale Fenn had got in behind Rodwell before being tripped by the defender. The second followed three minutes later when Jason LEE headed in at the far post after a cross from Matthew Gill evaded Paul Bastock and Matt Hocking. And in the final minute, former Lincoln City striker LEE tapped home a third following a right wing cut-back by Adam Newton. Up to that late blitz, there had been little to choose between the sides as United more than held their own against their local rivals.

United team: 1. Bastock, 2. Rusk, 3. Gould, 4. Hocking, 5. Warburton (Ellender 66), 6. Rodwell, 7. Bennett, 8. Redfearn (Cook 75), 9. Clare, 10. S Weatherstone (R Weatherstone 83), 11. Willis (Elding 59). Subs (not used): Town, Murphy, Angel, Conroy (gk).

This report originally appeared in the Lincolnshire Echo.