Bourne Town 2-2 Pilgrims
by Craig Singleton
A Boston United XI drew 2-2 at Bourne Town last night in a friendly clash. The Pilgrims' team was made up of first-teamers, academy youngsters and trialists. Boston went ahead on 17 minutes when Andrew STANHOPE fired home a rebound effort after Anthony Elding's shot had been parried from a Paul Fewings cross. Bourne were soon level, with Darren FOGG heading home Neil Thorpe's free-kick on 21 minutes. That was the way it stayed until seven minutes before the interval when Micky NUTTELL rammed the ball home after Jason Minett's cross was deflected off a post.
After the break, six newcomers were introduced, including three players on trial - Simon Gould, Michael Stanton and Ainsley Neckles. Being replaced was another of the trialists, Mark Thompson, formerly of Boston Town. It looked like Boston were going to hold out for a win, but up popped John MORTON on 87 minutes with a low shot past Nick Conroy to secure a draw for the Wakes. The fog descended in the second half with visibility drastically reduced meaning chances were few and far between.
United team: 1. Conroy, 2. Thompson (Gould, 51), 3. Lodge (Fletcher, 51), 4. Hoyle (Stanton, 58), 5. Howarth (Ross, 58), 6. Minett, 7. Stanhope, 8. Costello (Harris, 51), 9. Nuttell, 10. Elding (Neckles, 46), 11. Fewings. Subs (not used): Hardy and Bastock (gk).