Pilgrims 3-0 Dorchester Town
Dr Martens League
by Echo Reporter
Lee Power made a scoring impact on his debut for Boston United. The Pilgrims' £15,000 recruit netted the all-important second goal against Dorchester to help keep his new club at the pinnacle of the Dr Martens League. United now sit four points clear of the pack in the Premier Division after a tidy 3-0 success against their Dorset visitors. Power said: "It was nice to get off the mark in my first game for Boston. Possibly I should have had two or three goals, but it was my first match for something like three weeks, and hopefully I will get sharper as my match fitness improves. It might take a little while for me to fully settle down, but I think Mickey Nuttell and myself struck up a reasonable understanding." Arguably the duo made a good enough impression against Dorchester. A goal apiece and plenty of forward muscle-power and invention gave the visitors' defence plenty to think about, and with a better rub of the green, more goals might have materialised. As it was, NUTTELL made the all-important breakthrough on 37 minutes, glancing a near post header past keeper James Dungey after Paul Wilson had whipped in an inviting left-wing cross. POWER got his name on the scoresheet on 61 minutes with a powerful close-range finish after David Norris had laid the ball into his path. And four minutes later NORRIS got in on the act, drilling a 20-yarder through a cluster of players and past Dungey. That strike was quick-fire retribution for the tenacious midfielder as he had been the victim of several fouls during the game, one of which led to Wilson flighting in a free-kick which led to the goal.
And it effectively put the encounter beyond the reach of Dorchester who, for the best part of the opening hour, had looked reasonably assured. Indeed, the visitors had a couple of early untaken chances which fell to Martyn Sullivan and Danny O'Hagan. But Boston always held the upper hand in terms of pressure and possession, although possibly not looking totally cohesive at key moments. Their best openings early on saw Stanhope stab a shot against the top of the bar, Nuttell head a fraction wide from a Stanhope cross and Dungeyhold a skimmer from Norris. The latter had earlier been booked for a foul on Andy Harris the forerunner to three cautions in as many minutes for the visitors with O'Hagan, Harris and Roy O'Brien all seeing yellow for dissent, kicking the ball away, and a foul respectively. It was a fractious passage of play, but things settled down in Boston's favour once Nuttell's goal arrived. United were a dominant force for long spells after the break, particularly up to the point of going three ahead. But Dorchester also had their moments, mainly through the hugely impressive Sullivan who was a constant source of danger from his wide-right advanced midfield position. Four times in the final 20 minutes he forced Paul Bastock to mark his 401st United appearance with some stunning saves as the Pilgrims' keeper earned his sixth home league clean sheet of the season.
United team: 1. Paul Bastock, 2. Joby Gowshall, 3. Paul Wilson, 4. Colin Hoyle, 5. Peter Costello, 6. David Rennie, 7. Andrew Stanhope, 8. Gary Childs, 9. Mickey Nuttell, 10. Lee Power, 11. David Norris, 12. Mark Rawle, 14. Steve Charles, 15. Kevin Noteman.
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This report originally appeared in the Lincolnshire Echo.