Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Pilgrims
In a city famous for its nudist beach, Boston United's inadequacies were laid bare tonight in the Carling Cup for all to see. Played on a greasy surface with rain threatening, the first half was fairly uneventful. Brighton had a good chance on ten minutes when a run by Paul Reid got behind the Boston defence but his cross was met by Dean Cox who put the ball wide of the goal. Boston soon won a free kick on the edge of the box, but David Galbraith wasted the opportunity by firing straight into the wall. A long range effort by Tim Ryan was then well saved by former Pilgrim Michel Kuipers in the Brighton goal. Just before half-time Paul Tait got to a penetrating cross by Dany N'Guessan but Kuipers made another great save and Bob Davidson was unable to force the loose ball home under pressure from the Brighton defence. There was still time for Andy Marriott to show his goal keeping prowess by keeping out a shot from Jake Robinson before the referee blew for half-time.
N'Guessan saw a powerful drive go just too high ten minutes into the second half. Brighton took the lead in the 73rd minute. Paul REID had a run at goal and after a neat combination with Alex Revell on the edge of the box, planted the ball into the bottom left corner. With time running out Steve Evans brought on his substitutes - first Jamie Clarke for David Galbraith, then David Farrell and Nathan Forbes for Paul Ellender and Stewart Talbot. But the quality just wasn't there and Brighton held on for a comfortable win and progressed into the second round of the Carling Cup. After the match Steve Evans said: "There was certainly not alot in the game. If there's any chances or half chances in the game they fell to Boston. We've competed with a side that we have alot of respect for."
United team: Andy Marriott, Lee Canoville, Tim Ryan, Paul Ellender (David Farrell 85), Mark Greaves, David Galbraith (Jamie Clarke 78), Stewart Talbot (Nathan Forbes 85), Dany N'Guessan, Chris Holland, Paul Tait, Bob Davidson. Subs not used: Mark Albrighton, Ben Kirby.