BOSTON UNITED 1 BRACKLEY 1: Newsham is back on the scoresheet

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

He spins away from the goal, his arm raised and forefinger pointing skywards.

Boston United fans are more than familiar with Marc Newsham’s goal celebration, but rarely has the striker celebrated with as much gusto as he did this afternoon.

The forward’s finish from inside the six-yard box was by no means his most spectacular for the club, but after waiting 10 months since the last time his name appeared on the scoresheet, Newsham had every right to show his delight.

The 74th minute strike was his 108th for the club, with number 107 coming against Histon on February 4, before that frustrating knee injury took its toll.

And not only did the close-range leveller end Brackley’s 100 per cent record at York Street, it also ensured Newsham has now scored in all six of his seasons with the Pilgrims.

After completing their unbeaten November with the same starting XI in all six matches, Boston were forced into making three changes prior to kick off.

With captain Scott Garner suspended and 13-goal striker Dayle Southwell missing due to a hamstring injury, Dennis Greene brought Michael Hollingsworth and Zeph Thomas into the starting XI, while David Fallah was drafted in at the last minute to take the place of Greg Tempest, who pulled up in the warm-up.

Those changes saw youth team striker Louis Saebe named on the bench for the first time.

Boston won the reverse contest 1-0 at Brackley in August but Stefan Galinski, who scored the winner that day, was not involved due to being on loan at Stalybridge Celtic.

After Town’s Connor Waldon dragged an early shot wide of Joel Dixon’s post the Pilgrims carved out three early chances.

However, Carl Piergianni’s header and David Fallah’s 20-yarder failed to trouble Dean Snedker while Mark Jones’ effort on the turn was cleared on the line.

The Saints marched in front on 17 minutes when Sam Whittall was allowed a free header following a corner, and the midfielder powered beyond the helpless Dixon.

Jones and Thomas both had opportunities to draw United level, but as both met crosses at the near post they saw their efforts fail to hit the target.

After the break Jones found himself in another good position after outleaping and outmuscling Dwayne Samuels, but again he couldn’t direct his header goalwards.

With the Pilgrims pushing on for an equaliser substitute Marc Newsham saw a header and a strike on the turn both bsaved by Snedker, while Kyle Dixon saw a 20-yarder saved and Fallah’s goalbound header was blocked.

But that leveller did arrive in the 74th minute... a goal almost direct from the treatment table.

Jamie McGhee - who is also on the mend following the same temndonitis injury as Newsham - powered forward on the left and his cross caused panic in the Brackley box, where Newsham was there to prod home in customary fashion.

Boston had their chances to snatch victory but Jones headed wide and Newsham’s penalty appeals - after tumbling under Dwayne Samuels’ challenge - were denied.

UNITED: J. Dixon, Mills, Steer, K. Dixon,Hollingsworth, Piergianni, Marrs, Fallah (McGhee 65), Thomas (Newsham 51), Jones, Felix; Subs (not used): Saebe, Vince.

BRACKLEY: Snedker, Samuels, Carruthers, Eddie Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Nelson-Addy, Whittall, Waldon (Rowe 60), Green, Patten (Eric Odhambio 60); Subs (not used): Built, Kaziboni, Pearson.

Ref: Alf Greenwood.

Att: 909.