Lamin Colley scored his second goal in as many pre-season games as Boston United held Peterborough United to a 1-1 draw at the Jakemans Stadium.
Ryan Tafazolli headed the Posh into an interval lead, only for the Pilgrims’ summer signing to add a clever and casual second-half finish to level things up.
The last time The Posh arrived in Boston to play their part in a testimonial it was to honour the Pilgrims’ long-serving goalkeeper Paul Bastock, the number one welcomed out of the York Street tunnel by a guard of honour.
This afternoon’s run out doubled up as a thank-you to John Blackwell, who has retired from his general manager role after 38 years. And he was handed the same treatment - offering an emotional wave to the crowd before Peterborough’s director of football Barry Fry planted a kiss on his forehead.
That previous testimonial - 15 years ago this summer - saw the hosts win 2-1 as goals from Daryl Clare and trialist Carl Heggs cancelled out the finish by Boston-born Howard Forinton, helping create some momentum as Steve Evans’ side went on to win the Conference title that season.
Promotion to the Football League saw the Pilgrims and the Posh become rivals for a short period, before Peterborough’s swift rise through the divisions and Boston’s heavy fall from grace.
In recent years the Lincolnshire club down the A16 has been the place where Posh heroes like Dave Farrell and Gareth Jelleyman went for their swansong, or where youngsters like Jack Friend and Henrich Ravas are sent for a taste of first-team football.
And today the League One side looked on top of proceedings for the first 45, only for a shake-up by both sides at the interval to change the shape of the game.
The first effort on goal was Michael Bostwick’s ferocious drive from the edge of the Pilgrims’ box, but after latching on to the loose ball and firing through the pack the ball whizzed wide of the mark.
Joe Gormley then brought a save from Christian Dibble via a tight angle, while Marcus Maddison shot wildly over from 20 yards out.
But there was nothing wrong with Maddison’s connection when a clever backheel sent Gormely through on goal, his low effort beating the Pilgrims keeper, only for Joe Maguire to slide in and hack the goalbound effort clear.
Tafazolli handed the Posh a half-time advantage with his 35th-minute header, reacting quickest to Maddison’s corner after Dibble came but failed to make his punch.
The second half began with Boston making six changes and Posh giving their second-half XI their run out, with the game suddenly becoming more open.
For the Pilgrims, Colley put one effort over and saw another blocked by Ricardo Almeida Santos, while Jay Rollins saw a low strike comfortably held by Ben Alnwick.
In response, trickery from Peterborough’s Adil Nabi brought a firm-save from the diving Dibble, while Brad Inman tried his luck from the halfway line, failing to hit the target.
Colley levelled things up in the 61st minute as he casually collected Josh Green’s cross on his outstep and, one bounce later, fired beyond Alnwick.
From that point the contest saw both sides choose to go through the motions until the final few minutes.
Shaquile Coulthirst was twice thwarted by Dibble while, with the last kick of the game, Boston’s Lewis Hilliard hit the foot of the post with a free kick.
UNITED: Dibble, Thomas (Williams HT), Wildin, Pepe-Ngoma, Maguire, Brown (Green 31 (Johnson 73)), Roberts (Rollins HT), Burgess (Hilliard 48), Fairhurst (Colley HT), Marshall (Lavelle-Moore HT), St Juste Chippendale HT); Subs: Emery, Adams, Ofosu, Linley.
POSH: First half - Henry, Beautyman, Hughes, Bostwick, Tafazolli, Gow, Da Silva Lopes, Chettle, Maddison, Angol (Coulthirst 40), Gormley; Second half - Alnwick, Freestone, Baldwin, Almeida Santos, White, Forrester, Inman, Taylor, Nabi, Nichols, Coulthirst.
Ref: Kevin Friend.
Att: Att: 920 (275).