Boston United 2 Gloucester City 0: Ratings

Ben Milnes.
Ben Milnes.

Boston United beat Gloucester City 2-0, but how did the players rate?

Lewis King - 6 (out of 10)

It was a quiet afternoon for the keeper who had little to do by the way of shot-stopping. But what was thrown at him he dealt with well. Struggled with his kicking early on, but that improved as the game wore on.

Jamie McGhee - 7

He’s here, he’s there, he’ll play pretty much anywhere. McGhee has played in attack and midfield and today was asked to fill in at right back. If he moves any further back he’ll have to put on a pair of gloves. However, McGhee isn’t afraid to stick a foot in and that worked to his favour.

Conor Marshall - 7

One of the side’s great battlers. Marshall loves a physical challenge, and that was emphasised in the first half when he fearlessly stooped his head to where Jake Gosling’s boot was waiting... purely to make a routine clearance. However, a collision with teammate Junior Konadu left him needing hospital treatment - a sad way to end a good day’s work.

Jay Dowie - 7

He’s yet to dribble his way round five men. He’s yet to smash home a 40-yarder wonder goal. But what Dowie can do better than so many others is the bread and butter stuff. Collect the ball, look up, find a teammate, get the ball rolling... he does it very well.

Scott Garner - 8 STAR MAN

Garner was in top, top form today. He relished his physical batle with Matt Groves and was dominant in the air. Superb stuff from start to finish.

Carl Piergianni - 7

A hard-earned clean sheet for the central defender. Gloucester - who have been in brilliant form lately - had few attacks of note. And that was more to do with United’s defence than the Tigers’ attackers.

Ben Milnes - 8

In the starting line-up after last week’s superb goal at Barrow. Milnes came close to another collector’s item just before the break. Looked very strong in midfield and sprayed some good balls to the flanks to get his team on the attack.

Junior Konadu - 8

The midfielder was handed his first start for Boston. Konadu’s style is deceptive, he’s not as slow as he appears and is powerful enough to hold onto the ball. Can also pick out a good pass. His afternoon finished early after his collision with Marshall, leaving him with a cut face.

Ricky Miller - 8

It looked like Miller had done everything but score after being thwarted by Mike Green on two separate occasions. However, his determination paid off at the death after he tucked away his 24th goal of the season after winning the penalty himself.

Spencer Weir-Daley - 7

A rare start for Weir-Daley, making the most of Marc Newsham’s injury. However, he led the line very well with some very good movement and short passes. When the striker starts, Boston don’t tend to lose possession in the final third anywhere near as much.

Liam Agnew - 7

Liam Agnew has only scored two senior goals. They have both come this month. But the other thing they have in common is that they are both impressive finishes. Today’s strike is one of the finest finishes on this pitch so far this season... a tremendous 25-yard strike. Not a bad way to celebrate the offer of apro contract from parent club Sunderland

SUBSTITUTES:

Stefan Galinski (for Marshall 70) - 7

It’s not an easy task being thrown into a physical contest which is in mid-flow. But Galinski coped admirably. Didn’t allow the Gloucester attackers any hope of getting back into the match.

Indy Aujla (for Konadu 70) - 7

Aujla has been a spectator for much of the past two months. But when called upon he slotted in on the left hand side very well... as if he’d been a regular. Linked up down the flank very well.

Ben Fairclough (for Weir-Daley 82) - 6

A late addition to the match, but one which had impact. Fairclough’s pace troubled the weary Tigers defence, and his combative nature plahyed a big part in United keeping hold of the ball in stoppage time.

Not used: Ian Ross, Andy Hewitt.