Boston United 2 Gainsborough Trinity 1: Ross and Newsham on target as Pilgrims claim derby bragging rights

Goalscorer Ian Ross clears during Saturday's victory.
Goalscorer Ian Ross clears during Saturday's victory.

Ian Ross and Marc Newsham hit the goals which saw Boston United earn a derby day victory over Gainsborough Trinity.

The apir scored either side of Shane Clarke’s finish for the Blues.

No sooner had the game begun than United defender Nathan Stainfield found himself in the book.

With Dominic Knowles turning the defender and looking at a run on goal, the Pilgrim tugged him to ground on the half way line.

But after both sides had sized each other up, Ross put Boston ahead in style.

In the 14th minute, he curled a perfect free kick in over the wall to beat Jan Budtz at his near post, his first of the season.

And it was almost 2-0 when Mark Jones broke clear, only to be denied by Budtz’s legs.

Trinity were keeping the pressure on United from a series of dead balls from old favourite Jamie Yates.

But it was Craig Nelthorpe who caused an anxious moment with a wild 20 yarder which flew wide of Dan Haystead’s goal.

Jason Stokes was handed his second start of the week and a jinking run and strike from 20 yards brought out another fine block from the Trinity keeper.

But on 40 minutes Gainsborough pulled level courtesy of two old United fans’ favourites.

Jamie Yates crossed in for Shane Clarke to place a pinpoint header into the top corner from 15 yards out.

After the break, the hosts came within a whisker of regaining the lead.

Ross’ corner was nodded goalwards by Stainfield, only for Newsham to flick the ball onto the crossbar.

But United’s pressure paid off in the 69th minute as Newsham converted from the spot.

Mark Jones’ run was ended by Luke Waterfall’s trip, and the United striker blasted home from 12 yards.

Newsham then had a chance to grab his 13th goal of the season, but his strike on the turn struck the Trinity post.

But Trinity turned the screw and almost drew level in stoppage time.

But a fantastic goal-line block from Tom Ward denied Terry Hawkridge.

UNITED: Haystead, Silk, Jelleyman, Milnes, Ward, Stainfield, Marshall (Dyer-Stewart 63), Ross, Jones, Newsham, Stokes; Subs (not used): Craven, Reed, Sanders, Drury.

TRINITY: Budtz, Roma, Wilde, Waterfall, Young, Clarke (Hawkridge HT), D’Laryea, Nelthorpe, Knowles, Connor (Stamp 65), Yates (Barraclough 72); Subs (not used): Williams, Karkach.

Att: 1,079.
Ref: Ian Dudley.