Boston United keeper Spiess labelled ‘magnificent’ after Harrogate shut-out

Fabien Spiess.
Fabien Spiess.

‘Magnificemnt’ Fabian Spiess took the praise following a vital stoppage-time double save to secure Boston United a point at Harrogate Town.

The Pilgrims stopper had already denied Jordan Thewlis a goal from a one-on-one situation in the second half, before keeping out Mason Warren’s effort and Brendon Daniels’ follow-up at a time when the away side would have no chance of forcing their way back into the contest.

“It was great concentration from Fab as he hasn’t had a lot to do, barring coming and punching a few crosses saves wise, but he had two one-on-ones and he’s done magnificent for both,” said manager Dennis Greene.

“We had our moments, but I think, if you ask Simon (Weaver, Harrogate boss), they’d be happy with the draw before the game and we’d be happy with a draw.

“What we needed was a point and we came and got that in a good battling performance.”

The goalless stalemate ensured that the Pilgrims ended the afternoon in the final National League North play-off spot, as well as Boston earning their first point at Wetherby Road in four visits.

Boston began on the front foot and Jay Rollins, back in the side following his recent injury woes, headed wide early on.

Former Harrogate defender Nat Brown was then called upon to make goalline clearances to frustrate Paul Clayton and then Daniels.

Town’s Lloyd Kerry’s then fired an effort wide of the mark before Boston looked to make their mark again - Peter Crook turning Scott Garner’s shot behind.

The longer the clock ticked, the more cagey the affair became, with both promotion hopefuls realising what they had to lose.

However, after the break Clayton somehow shot wide when well placed and Spiess was called upon to save at the feet of Thewlis.

Late on United could have snuck the points as Carl Piergianni’s effort was cleared by Louie Swain and Dayle Southwell couldn’t hit the target with the follow up.

Crook used his body to bravely deny Garner after Zak Mills’ long throw had caused confusion before Harrogate thought they had sneaked victory late on.

But Spiess was on hand to pull off his double block which left skipper Garner reflecting: “You don’t know, that could be the point which keeps us in the play-offs.”