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King's Lynn 0-2 Pilgrims


by Craig Singleton

Boston United kicked off their pre-season campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory away to Dr Martens League Premier Division side King's Lynn. Manager Steve Evans utilised a total of 18 players, including run-outs for all seven of his summer signings plus trialist Mickey Brown from Shrewsbury Town. United had a let-off in the 12th minute when Mark Freeman was outpaced by Kristian Jones whose shot cannoned back off a post. United keeper Paul Bastock then reacted well to block a rebound effort from Lee Hudson. Boston broke the deadlock on 30 minutes when Clifford's long throw into the area was partially punched clear by keeper Steve Wilson.

The ball landed at the feet of SIMON WEATHERSTONE around 18 yards from goal and he fired into the roof of the net. After the break, Evans made seven changes. But his reshuffling was not complete as referee Wayne Christie forced the Boston boss to replace substitute Ross Weatherstone and Mike Marsh after incidents which he felt were not in keeping with the friendly status of the game. Boston striker Daryl Clare, the most recent acquisition to the United squad, was impressive after his half-time introduction. He produced one particularly brilliant glimpse of his qualities after receiving the ball from James Gould. He beat four defenders and fired marginally over.

United team: 1. Bastock, 2. Clifford, 3. Lodge, 4. Marsh, 5. Freeman, 6. Monington, 7. Angel, 8. S Weatherstone, 9. Murphy, 10. Town, 11. Cook. Subs: Clare, Costello, Rusk, Gould, Elding.

This report originally appeared in the Lincolnshire Echo.