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Pilgrims 2-2 Shrewsbury Town

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When Shrewsbury Town last visited York Street, back in December 2002, Boston recorded their record Football League win, putting six goals past the Shrews without reply. Two of Boston's goals on that day were scored by Richard Logan, who ended the season as the club's top goalscorer before moving on to Peterborough United. Logan now returned to York Street after becoming Shrewsbury's latest signing - on a month's loan from the Posh. Boston however had a "new" striker of their own for this match. Summer signing Andy Kirk made his much anticipated League debut for the club after recovering from an injury picked up in the club's opening pre-season friendly at Boston Town. Logan produced the first shot on target in the match when on ten minutes his long range drive was saved by Nathan Abbey. Logan wasn't to be denied and he opened the scoring after 25 minutes when Luke Rodgers broke down the left wing before squaring to LOGAN whose shot picked up a deflection off Mark Greaves that deceived Abbey to find its way into the net. The lead was short-lived as six minutes later Jason LEE headed home his fourth goal in as many games to level the scores.

Shrewsbury then hit back, regaining the lead just three minutes later when Abbey made a mess of dealing with a back pass from Lee Beevers that gifted a simple goal to Ben SMITH. Boston equalised for the second time just before half-time when Andy KIRK scored from close range after being found by a cross from the right by Chris Holland. Five minutes into the second half Shrewsbury almost went in front for the third time, but Logan failed to control his close range effort and Abbey was able to gather the ball. Lee Thompson came on for Tam McManus and two minutes later Boston had a goal ruled out for offside after Jason Lee had connected with a cross by Courtney Pitt. The game drew to a close without any further chances of note. Shrewsbury were probably happier with the point gained than Boston, although it did manage to raise Boston two places up the table into ninth place, just two points away from a play-off position.

United team: Nathan Abbey, Lee Beevers, Austin McCann, Mark Greaves, Paul Ellender, Tom Bennett, Chris Holland (David Noble 85), Tam McManus (Lee Thompson 53), Andy Kirk (Zema Abbey 72), Jason Lee, Courtney Pitt. Subs not used: Greg Strong, Paul Gascoigne.

Match report copyright © Ken Fox, 2004.