Boreham Wood 1-2 Pilgrims
by Barbara Singleton
Boston United's build-up to the new season continued last night with a tidy 2-1 victory away to Ryman League outfit Boreham Wood when a brace of first half goals from former Grimsby Town striker Daryl Clare proved decisive. The game was only five minutes old when United went ahead. Teenage sensation Anthony Elding and Mark Angel linked well with the latter then supplying a pass from which CLARE hit the target. On 11 minutes the home side lost the services of keeper Noel Imber with an ankle injury sustained in innocuous fashion. His replacement Smyth took his place, but was unable to prevent Boston extending their lead on 21 minutes when CLARE volleyed in after Jon Brady had nodded down a Tom Bennett cross. Moments earlier, a poor back-pass by Simon Rusk almost let in Baulchan but Paul Bastock saved well.
And right on the stroke of half-time, the United keeper made an excellent save from Dixon. But by that stage he had already been beaten from the spot by home player-manager Micky ENGWELL after Corrie Brown had been bundled over by Ray Warburton. After the break, the home side briefly looked dangerous, but United held firm without too many scares with Monington, Warburton and Jim Rodwell looking particularly impressive in defence. As the half progressed the Pilgrims came more into the picture, notably with Bennett being hugely influential in midfield. The Pilgrims might have added to their lead on 78 minutes when Clare's header from an Elam cross was well saved by Smyth. Then David Town crashed an effort against the bar in the dying moments.
United team: 1. Bastock, 2. Brady (Gould 70), 3. Chapman (Lodge 80), 4. Monington (R Weatherstone 80), 5. Warburton, 6. Rodwell, 7. Bennett, 8. Rusk, 9. Clare, 10. Elding (Town 80), 11. Angel (Elam 65).
This report originally appeared in the Lincolnshire Echo.