Bishop’s Stortford 1 Boston United 0! Hyde frustrated at ‘lack of Pilgrims potency’

United's Kern Miller battles for the ball.
United's Kern Miller battles for the ball.

GRAHAM Hyde was left frustrated by Boston United following their 1-0 defeat at Bishop’s Stortford - stating “We could’ve played until midnight and not scored.”

Chances went begging for the Pilgrims in Hertfordshire yesterday, much to the assistant manager’s chagrin.

He said: “It was disappointing to come here and not really trouble the keeper.

“I never felt like we were going to score a goal.

“We had a bad 10 or 15 minute spell in the first half where we were all over the place and could have been more than 1-0 down at half time.

“In the second half we never opened the opposition up.

“We look around at the end of the game and say how many saves has their keeper made? None.

“That shows out lack of potency.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Matt Wilson has demanded Boston United bounce back from their Bank Holiday weekend woes.

The Pilgrims’ 100 per cent record has been left in taters following two defeats in the space of three days.

The latest of those was Monday’s out-of-sorts defeat at Stortford, where Afolabi Obafemi’s ninth-minute goal was enough to settle the contest.

Midfielder Wilson – a summer arrival on loan from Alfreton – believes things can get better again, suggesting United may have taken things a little too easily following their first two victories.

“We need to play to each others’ strengths,” he said.

“Whether we’ve taken our foot off the pedal or not I don’t know?

“But we need to start putting things right.”

Following Saturday’s defeat to Hinckley, manager Jason Lee attempted to just that by ringing the changes.

Gary Silk replaced the injured Conor Marshall at right back, while Jason Stokes - impressive on the wing in pre-season - was given the nod ahead of Kallum Smith.

Perhaps the biggest eyebrow-raiser of the day was the inclusion of Ben Milnes.

Not because the talented youngster was handed his first start of the campaign, but because it came at the expense of playmaker Ian Ross.

The Bishops started brightly, with Ricky Sappleton’s effort from distance going close but failing to hit the target.

Moments later and Sappleton turned provider, his cross-shot falling at the feet of Obafemi, who finished gleefully at the back post.

The ninth-minute strike turned out to be the match winner as the Pilgrims failed to find the net for the first time this season.

Wilson, Marc Newsham and Ben Fairclough were all guilty of missing the target before the interval.

The second half saw the Pilgrims enjoy the better of the possession.

But struggling against the hosts’ powerful and effective back four, chances were again few and far between.

The Pilgrims thought they would receive a lifeline when Smith went down in the box.

However, referee Ashvin Degnarain adjudged the winger had tumbled.

Things really heated up towards the end of the contest.

United keeper Dan Haystead made a great double save to keep out Cliff Akurang’s looping header, before sprawling to deny Adam Marriott’s goalbound follow-up.

United had the ball in the net in the dying stages, but Spencer Weir-Daley was flagged for offside.

STORTFORD: Chambers, Waller-Lassen, Francis, Anderson (Obaze 85), Herd, Johnson, Abdullahi, Marriott, Prestedge, Sappleton (Akurang 58), Obafemi (Cawley 63); Subs (not used): Spence, Redgrave.

Att: 559.

Ref: Ashvin Degnarain.

UNITED RATINGS:

Dan Haystead - Virtually untroubled and powerless to stop the goal. Excellent late double save. 6 (out of 10)

Gary Silk - Solid first start of the season. Booked. 6

Gareth Jelleyman - Dependable as ever, but attacking threat was restricted. 6

Matt Wilson - Imposing presence in midfield. Won his fair share of tackles. 7

Kern Miller - Dominant in the air against huge presence of Ricky Sappleton. 7

Nathan Stainfield - Stuck to his task but found the going tough against physical strikers. 6

Ben Fairclough - Worked his socks off but did not have much final product. 6

Ben Milnes - First start of the season and was industrious throughout. 6

Mark Jones - Looked tired after starting four matches inside 10 days. Subbed. 6

Marc Newsham - Neat link-up play but should have done better with a first half header. 6

Jason Stokes - Marked his first start with a performance full of industry and quality. 7 - STAR MAN.

SUBSTITUTES:

Spencer Weir-Daley (for Jones 58) - Had the ball in the net but the flag was soon raised. Edging closer to full fitness. 6

Kallum Smith (for Stokes 66) - Replaced the tiring Stokes and was reasonably lively. 6.

Ian Ross (for Milnes 71) - A surprise to see the playmaker omitted originally. Controlled the game when he came on. 6

Not used: James Reed, Jason Field.