A shambles, but a one-off! Garner and Dowie give their verdicts following Boston United’s City defeat

Scott Garner.
Scott Garner.

Scott Garner has promised that Boston United will learn from their 7-2 defeat at the hands of Oxford City.

The Boston United captain was left dumbfounded by last night’s heavy scoreline, but he has vowed to lead the Pilgrims back up the Vanarama North table.

Jay Dowie.

Jay Dowie.

“It was a definite off day,” Garner told The Standard. “We’ve got to put that behind us and move on now.

“That’s definitely a one-off.

“But those games, you always learn from them. We learn from that and don’t let it happen again.

“We were so desperate to get a goal back we left ourselves open. But we move on and go again.”

The Pilgrims return to league action on Saturday, heading to Stockport County, where they won 4-1 on the opening day of last season.

Garner would love a repeat of that scoreline, but he knows the side have to put in the hard work first.

“We want to get back to training on Thursday and be sharp for Saturday,” he continued.

“I honestly don’t know what went wrong, we were in high spirits after Saturday (a 3-1 win at Bradford Park Avenue).

“I just didn’t happen for us. I’ve never lost by that many goals.”

Midfielder Jay Dowie played his first competitive match of the season, replacing Conor Marshall with the Pilgrims trailing 4-2.

Although pleased to put his injury worries behind him, Dowie had little to smile about at full time.

“It’s a strange one. It was a crazy game to come on to,” he said.

“I think that while I was putting my shirt on two goals went in. It’s just a shambles really.

“It was a horrible 30 minutes, but 30 minutes that will do something for my ankle and shaprness.”

But like Garner, Dowie was backing his teammates to react well to the heavy loss.

“I think you’ll see a reaction on Saturday,” he continued.

“It’ so unlike us. we’ve been solid all season. It’s unexplainable.

“Pidge, Garns, Zak - they’re all top players. It’s not the back four, it’s the whole team.”