Boston United boss Lee Canoville: The future’s bright... the future’s amber!

Lee Canoville.
Lee Canoville.

LEE Canoville believes his Boston United side can only get better.

The Pilgrims have picked up four points from their opening two matches this campaign, following a last-minute winner at Workington and last-night’s draw with Histon.

And encouraged by the early signs, the joint-manager expects Boston – who currently sit sixth in the Blue Square Bet North - to go out and up the ante.

“We’re very pleased with the performance,” said Canoville after last night’s 1-1 draw with Histon.

“Obviously, we’d have loved to have come in with three points, but that performance was better than Saturday’s.

“And we can only improve on that and look to get better as the players gel more, and we get a few back from injury.”

Marc Newsham prodded home Lawrie Dudfield’s flick on in the 26th minute to earn the Pilgrims a point after Dan Holman had given the Stutes a fourth-minute lead.

United were left shell-shocked after Omer Riza’s run saw him breeze past Kevin Austin and present Holman with a simple tap-in.

That strike was enough to earn a point in a contest the Pilgrims dominated.

And now Canoville reckons United will iron out such mistakes.

He added: “They caught us out at the back. They were lively up front and hit us with a sucker punch early on.

“We need to start quicker and concentrate in the early stages.

“If we hadn’t conceded that goal we’d have dominated the game and scored a lot more.”

Canoville was substituted in the 15th minute after a clash with Harri Hawkins left him suffering a medial ligament injury.

He will now be out of action for at least two weeks.

Although replacement Jordan Fairclough earned the manager’s praise, there seems to be a worryingly large queue for the treatment table at York Street.

Ben Wilkinson (knee), Julian Joachim (ankle), Mikel Suarez (hamstring) and Mickey Stones (hamstring) are among the walking wounded and may be doubts for Saturday’s visit of Vauxhall Motors.

However, the modern game is very much a squad game.

And with that in mind Canoville refuses to make excuses.

“We have to move on, injuries happen,” he said.

“We aim to get everyone back as quickly as we can.

“We have outplayed Histon, who were a Conference team last season, despite a few injuries.

“Whoever we bring in, whatever team, we go out to win three points.”

Captain Gareth Jelleyman echoed his manager’s sentiments.

He said: “We should’ve got three points, but it was a much better performance.

“Towards the end it was like the Alamo.

“We were putting balls in, hitting them with everything, but it didn’t drop for us.”