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Pilgrims 2-1 Leicester City XI


by Craig Singleton

Boston United’s pre-season build-up was completed on Monday evening with a hard-fought 2-1 win over a Leicester City XI. Peter Duffield was the two-goal hero for United against a side which contained seven players with first team experience, including summer signing Nicholas Priet. DUFFIELD opened the scoring for Boston in the 18th minute after exchanging passes with Simon Rusk and drilling beyond Foxes’ goalkeeper Paul Murphy. DUFFIELD doubled the lead in the 24th minute when he slotted past Murphy following Richard Logan’s smart throughball. Leicester tried to respond and Kevin Larvin drilled a 25-yarder over Paul Bastock’s bar before Duffield missed the chance of a hat-trick when he fired a long-range free-kick wide after 34 minutes.

Bastock made a good stop in the 45th minute, palming aside Tommy Wright’s rising drive. Pearmain drilled another effort wide in first half stoppage time. After the interval, Neil Redfearn made an immediate impression after appearing from the bench when getting clean through and drilling goalwards, although Murphy was down sharply to block his shot. Leicester pulled a goal back in the 70th minute when Matthew HEATH headed home from Larvin’s free-kick. Bastock then palmed away another Wright drive in the 87th minute before Graeme Jones narrowly missed the target in the final minute after receiving Neil Thompson’s fine pass and turning to rifle just past Murphy’s left-hand post.

United team: Bastock, Sutch (Beevers 46), Chapman (N Thompson 71), Ellender (Clarke 46), Balmer (Greaves 46), Hocking (Sutch 77), R Logan (Redfearn 62), Rusk (L Thompson 46), Duffield (Jones 46), Douglas (Brough 46), Potter (Higgins 46). Sub (not used): Croudson (gk).

Match report copyright © Craig Singleton, 2003.