Stamford AFC 0-6 Pilgrims
by Craig Singleton
Boston United began their pre-season campaign with a 6-0 drubbing of Stamford. The Pilgrims were always the dominant force against their Dr Martens Eastern Division hosts and proved good value for their eventual victory margin. Manager Steve Evans used more than 20 players including a clutch of trialists as he gave almost his full squad the chance of a run-out – the exceptions being slight injury strain victims Paul Bastock, Peter Costello, Kenny Cramman and Miquel De Souza.
Most of the early pressure was exerted by the Pilgrims and they went ahead on 11 minutes when Lee Howarth scored with a looping header. Their lead was doubled on 33 minutes when Paul Fewings volleyed home. Six minutes after the break Anthony Elding slotted in from a Mark Rawle cross. And the latter then made it 4-0. Rawle scored a second and Andy Lodge finished it off when he headed home Boston's sixth.
United team: 1. Martin (Kendrick 46), 2. Wooding (Gowshall 46), 3. Lucas (Curtis 46), 4. Hayes (Garrity 46), 5. Howarth (Hoyle 46), 6. Rennie (Herbert 46), 7. Stanhope (Minett 46), 8. Dick, 9. Nuttell (Elding 46), 10. Fewings (Rawle 46), 11. Raynor (Lodge 46).
This report originally appeared in the Lincolnshire Echo. Photos by Adam Upsall.