Pilgrims 2-2 Peterborough
by Barbara Singleton
Goals from Micky Nuttell and Paul Fewings enabled Boston United to maintain their unbeaten pre-season record. The duo were on target towards the end of each half as the Pilgrims battled out a creditable draw against Second Division newcomers Peterborough. Their goals were impressively taken and arguably deserved to have assured Boston of victory. But in between, Posh grabbed a brace of their own via on-target efforts from Howard Forinton and Francis Green. Boston boss Steve Evans said: "It was a performance with many pleasing aspects, but there are areas we need to improve. David Rennie and Lee Howarth were awesome and we had a really solid look to the backbone of our team. We have four more weeks yet to shape things in readiness for the start of the Conference season, so things look on course."
The Pilgrims played second fiddle for much of the opening 20 minutes, going close just once when Andrew Stanhope glanced wide from a Paul Raynor cross. Posh looked incisive on the break with winger David Farrell a constant threat. But Boston grabbed a 37th minute lead when NUTTELL scored with a fine header from an Andy Lodge cross. The lead, though, lasted just three minutes before FORINTON tapped in following work down the left by Farrell. Peterborough rang 10 changes at half-time, and they took the lead on 64 minutes when GREEN squeezed in a shot after a Niall Inman corner had only been partially cleared. But Boston grabbed a deserved 71st minute equaliser when FEWINGS lobbed over sub keeper Dan Connor after Nuttell had flicked on a Bastock clearance.
United team: 1. Bastock, 2. Wooding (Gowshall 86), 3. Lucas, 4. Lodge (Cramman 86), 5. Howarth, 6. Rennie, 7. Stanhope, 8. Dick (Hayes 72), 9. Nuttell (Elding 86), 10. Fewings (Rawle 72), 11. Raynor.
This report originally appeared in the Lincolnshire Echo. Photo by Ken Fox.