Lincoln United 0-1 Pilgrims
by Craig Singleton
A first half goal from Stuart Douglas was enough to give a Boston United victory at Lincoln United. The match, played in humid conditions at Ashby Avenue, gave Neil Thompson another opportunity to see his squad in friendly action in preparation for the forthcoming Football League season. What proved the match-winner came in the 29th minute when Neil Thompson crossed from the left for DOUGLAS to score with a spectacular overhead kick. Lincoln had their fair share of possession and Boston were thankful to Danny Gay early on as he brilliantly palmed over a drive from Ian Williams.
Clear-cut chances, though, were generally few and far between although Simon Rusk drilled a 25-yarder wide while Williams repeated a similar feat for the Whites. A whole host of substitutions followed at half-time, with young striker Simon Johnson entering the fray. One of the players to be replaced was Janus Tayer, a young Moroccan who was also on trial. There were few chances in the second period too, although Danny Hargreaves fired wildly over three minutes into the half before Gay produced a good save to thwart Brendan McDaid’s 20-yard free-kick. Lincoln included ex-Boston players David Gilbert and Gary Pawson in their line-up.
United team: Gay, Sutch (Clarke 46, Tayer 80), N Thompson (L Thompson 46, Clarke 88); Rusk (Sutch 68), Hocking (Greaves 46), Balmer (N Thompson 68), Bennett (Ellender 46), Tayer (Redfearn 46), Logan (Johnson 46), Douglas (Logan 68), Potter (Hocking 68). Sub (not used): Bastock (gk).