Boston United’s Stainfield determined to play his part in Worcester clash

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DEFENDER Nathan Stainfield is determined to play his part as Boston United face a league and cup double.

The Pilgrims travel to face Worcester City in the Blue Square Bet North on Saturday (KO 3pm) before Tuesday’s Lincs Senior Shield final against Grantham Town (KO 7.45pm).

After 16 matches without making the Pilgrims starting line-up, Stainfield was handed an opportunity at Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday night, with Lee Canoville and Kevin Austin bedridden with illness.

And with a comeback energetic enough to rival Elvis’ 1968 TV special, the 23-year-old played his part in a hard-fought 4-0 victory.

And now he’s hungry for more action: “I’m pleased (to be back in the side),” he said.

“It’s fortuitous, with the gaffer and Kev being ill, but I’ve been praying to get back in.

“I didn’t want to get back in that way, but I’m happy.

“It’s been a really painstaking season for me. I wanted a chance and got that.

“Hopefully, I can maintain my place.”

Saturday sees United in Blue Square Bet North action against the Royals.

The two sides are yet to meet this campaign, but the opponents fought out three close battles last season.

At York Street, the Pilgrims won their Blue Square Bet North clash 1-0 but were stunned with a last-minute 3-2 defeat in the FA Cup.

At St George’s Lane, United lost 2-0 in an ill-tempered affair.

On Tuesday, the Pilgrims will return to Grantham’s Meres Leisure Centre, the venue for their last shield victory two seasons ago.

On that occasion they defeated the Gingerbreads 1-0, the winning goal coming from Shaun Pearson.