Boston Town boss Dunn tips Spalding United to lift the UCL Premier title

Tony Battersby holds off Town's Luke Wilson on Tuesday.

Tony Battersby holds off Town's Luke Wilson on Tuesday.

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Ian Dunn is tipping Spalding United to ‘run away’ with the UCL Premier title.

The Boston Town manager watched his Poachers side convincingly beaten 3-0 by the Tulips at Tattershall Road on Tuesday.

And just two games into the campaign, Dunn has decided who he believes will finish on top of the pile.

AFC Rushden and Diamonds and Wisbech Town may be among the sides determined to finish above the Tulips, but Dunn has made his mind up.

He said: “I think they should run away with that league.

“I’ve seen a video of Rushden play and they look good. A lot of people are tipping them.

“But I think this Spalding side’s better.”

Jake Gibson, Sum Mullarkey and Nathan Stainfield scored the decisive goals, but Town were thankful to keeper Ricky Drury - who pulled off a number of top stops - to keep the score down.

“When a team’s got Jamie Thurlbourne and Andrew Tidswell sat on the bench, and Dan Steadman’s not even in the squad, then that says it all about their quality,” Dunn added.

“When most teams lose their centre back to injury you think it could be your day, but to replace Lee Canoville with Jamie Stevens is unbelieveable.”

Before his injury, Canoville made a vital goalline block to deny Ollie Pinner, heading the effort away from danger.

Had he not been in the right place at the right time, the shape of the game may have been completely different.

However, the Poachers boss says the former Boston United defender’s clearance owed little to chance.

Dunn told The Standard: “They fully deserved the victory.

“I thought Pinner had given us the lead, and against anyone else we probably would have been in front.

“But Lee Canoville has the experience to know that if your keeper’s out of position you just drift back on to the line, and he was there to clear.

“If that had gone in it may have been a different game, but you never know.

“Two of their goals came from set pieces, and they looked very strong in the air.

“They’ve got Tony Battersby and Nathan Stainfield, who’s unplayable in the air at times.

“We can’t argue about the result, we just have to accept they were the better side.”