Boston United earned a narrow 1-0 victory over Barrow, but how did the players rate?
Ashley Timms - 7 (out of 10)
It’s becoming a bit of a cliche to state that the United keeper was rarely troubled. But once again that was the case for most of the contest. But when called upon, the number one was in the right place to deny Jamie Allen and Gareth Arnison. Saved his best until last, however, tipping Paul Edwards’ goalbound cross over his bar. No biggy.
Peter Bore - 7
They say you make your own luck in life. And it was certainly no coincidence that the experienced right back was in the right place at the right time to make two vital goalline clearances in quick succession. Bore also showed some very confident touches when under pressure.
Netan Sansara - 7
Just five minutes into the contest and Sansara saw himself dumped on the ground by Dale Johnson, 50 yards away from the action. But that didn’t rattle the left back... in fact, the only thing rattling was the crossbar when Sansara’s cross rebounded off it in the first half, the second time he’s hit the woodwork in as many games.
Conor Marshall - 7
It was a game of two halves for Marshall. He began the contests as a midfielder and swapped that for defence at the interval. Marshall may be yet to play in his favoured right back role this campaign, but his is swiftly taking on that utility man mantle, proving reliable across the turf.
Stefan Galinski - 8 STAR MAN
A defender by trade, but Galinski showed he can do the business at both ends as he came close to opening the scoring with an instinctive drive, which was well saved by Tony McMillan. Was exceptional in defence throughout.
Carl Piergianni - 7
Piergianni is never afraid to put his head in where it hurts, and that was evident yet again as, for the second time this season, a head wound saw him play on in a Terry Butcher-esque headband. Sadly, this lead to his substitution at the interval.
Ian Ross - 7
Ross was pulling the strings in the heart of midfield. The captain was micing the sublime with the simple, with the majority of his passes finding their target - be it close range or 40 yards away.
Ben Milnes - 7
Up and down. Up and down. The midfielder never stopped running and put his body on the line throughout. Saw a wayward strike fall off target early on.
Ricky Miller - 7
That’s three goals in two matches now for Miller, ending his dry spell in emphatic fashion. The striker attempted to lob Barrow stopper McMillan and was perhaps a little fortunate that the keeper’s fingers weren’t firm enough. But they all count and, as Miller continues to prove, if you don’t buy a ticket you don’t win the raffle.
Ben Fairclough - 7
Ben Fairclough put in a typical Ben Fairclough performance. He was full of running and was never afraid to do the dirty work. On several occasions his fearless nature saw him win balls he had no right to get to first.
Spencer Weir-Daley - 8
A fine acrobatic stop from Barrow keeper McMillan was the only thing that prevented Weir-Daley handing the Pilgrims a first-half lead. His effort had swerve and curl, but it couldn’t beat the keeper. Also set up Galinski with clever use of his body and smart running and also claimed an assist for Miller’s goal. Finished the match with the captain’s armband.
Indy Aujla (for Piergianni HT) - 7
Marked hid home debut with a strike that was hopeful, high and wide. But the little midfielder proved a calming influence, helping to stifle Barrow’s creativity.
Jake Hall (for Ross 56) - 8
The 23-year-old made his Pilgrims debut as he replaced captain Ian Ross. He proved an imposing figure in the heart of midfield, but he was also full of running for a big lad. Looked lively.
James Reed (for Edwards 85) - 6
A late addition but played his part as United rode late pressure.
Not used: Ngoni Dongo, Sam Vince.