Boston United want to sign trialists Bennett and Urwin

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Boston United look set to offer deals to trialists Julian Bennett and Matt Urwin.

Dennis Greene says he has been impressed by the pair throughout the early stages of pre-season, and would like them to be part of his squad as the Pilgrims kick off their National League North campaign at Stockport County on August 8.

After fellow hopeful Jay Rollins penned a deal last week, ex-Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace defender Bennett and Urwin, who was part of Bradford City’s squad last season, could be the missing pieces of the jigsaw.

“Benno and Matty, we’ll speak to them about trying to sort out deals for them,” the manager said.

“The plan was to get a goalkeeper, a left back and a left-sided player in.

“Benno’s a left back and Matty is a keeper.

“And with signing Jay we’ve got those areas covered, and we’ve still got (Jake) Sheridan and (Jamie) McGhee for that left side as well.”

Although Sheridan and McGhee are both technically on trial as they are free agents - McGhee was on non-contract terms with the club last season and Sheridan ended the campaign at the Jakemans Stadium on loan from Alfreton Town - Greene still sees the duo as very much part of his squad.

“Sheridan is not a trialist in a sense,” Greene added.

“He’s one of the group from last year we’ve invited back.”

Bennett, Urwin, Sheridan and McGhee all featured during yesterday’s 1-1 draw with King’s Lynn Town, in which Carl Piergianni’s header was cancelled out by Jack Frohawk’s strike.

While Greene was pleased with how his side is shaping up, he hopes to get Dayle Southwell, Grant Roberts and Liam Marrs, all three of whom didn’t play yesterday, back in match action as soon as possible.

Hitman Southwell, who netted a hat-trick in the warm-up match against Boston Town, and midfielder Roberts were both left out after picking up knocks, while Marrs was allowed to attend a wedding.

“That’s a much better work out, King’s Lynn are a decent side and will be looking to do well next year,” Greene continued.

“It’ll just be nice to get a full team out, no Marrsy, no Dayle and no Grant.

“I think we controlled the game for most of it, we had a few half chances, we just need to get sharper in the final third.

“It’s looking tidier.”

Turning his attention to his walking wounded, Greene aded: “Dayle was just a precaution, the most important thing is to get Dayle ready for August 8.

“You saw in the first game against Boston, he looks sharp and fit all the time.

“He just needs to make sure he’s right.

“We’ll probably rest him on Wednesday (against Nottingham Forest) and the chances are he’ll play against Lincoln on Saturday.

“Grant’s just got a swollen foot.

“It’ll be nice to get the full side out.”