Boston United 2 North Ferriby United 0: It’s not over yet! McGhee and Miller topple leaders to keep the Pilgrims’ slim promotion hopes alive

Jamie McGhee.
Jamie McGhee.

“Can you see any fat ladies singing?” Those were the words uttered by Boston United boss Dennis Greene as he walked towards the York Street tunnel after seeing his side keep their promotion hopes alive.

On Saturday there were some sunken shoulders traipsing out of Leamington following the club’s goalless draw.

Five points behind Guiseley, who occupied that final Skrill North play-off spot, and with just two games left to go all looked lost.

But what a difference an Easter Bank holiday weekend can make.

Goals from Jamie McGhee and Ricky Miller saw the Pilgrims upset league leaders North Ferriby this afternoon in a thrilling, pulsating, jaw-dropping afternoon of football that could... just possibly... have ripped up the end-of-season scripts.

Because, as the final whistle blew, there were three ecstatic and one gutted sides to York Street.

With Guiseley drawing at basement side Workington, Boston are now just three points behind (and with a superior goal difference) ahead of the final day of the season this Saturday.

And AFC Telford United’s draw at Solihull means they have now moved a point ahead of the Villagers at the top of the table.

Greene made two changes to the side which drew 0-0 at Leamington, bringing in Stefan Galinski and Liam Agnew for Ben Milnes and Spencer Weir-Daley, the Pilgrims reverting back to a 3-5-2 formation.

But with both teams needing the win, it took 20 minutes before the spectators were treated to any goalmouth action.

The first chance fell to United’s Carl Piergianni, but his header was comfortably saved by Adam Nicklin.

Then things really started to hot up.

Ferriby forward Nathan Jarman looked to have scored with an acrobatic and powerful overhead kick, but Lewis King somehow got down in time to palm the effort round his near post.

But anything King can do, so can Nicklin.

The Villagers stopper pulled off a tremendous double save to keep the scores level, parrying Ricky Miller’s low 20-yarder before getting his body in the way of Agnew’s follow-up.

As the first half drew to a close, the away side looked dangerous from a series of corners, but neither Anthony Wilson and Mark Gray could connect in front of goal.

Moments after the re-start Miller has a superb chance to put Boston in front after good work from Rene Steer and Jamie McGhee, but with just Nicklin to beat he somehow screwed his effort off target.

King was then called upon to deny Liam King and Danny Clarke, saves which were to prove crucial as Boston took the lead in the 70th minute.

Rene Steer created space down the left flank and drilled a low ball into the danger zone. Ferriby’s Nathan Peat looked to clear, but could only hack the ball against teammate Mark Gray.

It was Jamie McGhee who was in the right place at the right time to smash home the loose ball from six yards out.

And Boston doubled their advantage in the 80th minute following a moment of craziness from Ferriby defender Hone, who just needlessly hit - quite literally - the self-destruct button.

After colliding with Miller in the penalty area the Boston striker went to ground but referee Michael George waved away the appeals.

However, Hone wasn’t done and - with the ball still in play and ref George watching - Hone shoved Miller back to ground as he attempted to get back to his feet.

Boston were given their penalty - which Miller dispatched - and Hone saw red.

And that was that, the Pilgrims held on for the five minutes of added time - stretching their unbeaten run to nine matches and claiming yet another home scalp.

Boston’s future may still be in Guiseley’s hands. The fat ladies may be warming up - but they aren’t singing yet.

UNITED: King, Mills, Steer, Dowie, Garner, Piergianni, Konadu (Aujla 59), Galinski, Miller (Weir-Daley 89), McGhee, Agnew; Subs (not used): Milnes, Fairclough, Hewitt.

FERRIBY: Nicklin, Robson (Kendall 76), Peat, King, Gray, Hone, Clarke, Fry, A. Wilson, Jarman, Emerton (Wilde 59); Subs (not used): Lisles, M. Wilson, Pecora.

Ref: Michael George.

Att: 1,567.