Boston United suffered a narrow defeat at Brackley, but how did the players rate?
Ashley Timms - 5 (out of 10)
The United keeper must think St James’ Park is cursed. Returning to the site where a speculative effort slipped through his legs three weeks ago, two more mistakes played their part in Boston slipping to a 3-0 deficit at the break. A misjudged punt and a scuffed clearance were his undoing, and he was subbed at the break.
Liam Marrs - 7
The Pilgrims debutant may not be the tallest. But what he lacks in stature he more than makes up for in power and pace. A confident first match for the Sunderland loanee, who is a dead ringer for former Boston winger Jamie Yates.
Scott Garner - 7
Was it his goal? Garner and defender Ryan Austin somehow combined to find the net. Although it’s unclear who got the last touch, pressure from the centre back more than played its part.
Carl Piergianni - 7
The fact that United found themselves trailing at the break owes itself to two errors and a classy free kick rather than any weaknesses in the Boston defence. Piergianni and Garner more than matched their hosts’ strikeforce in open play. Nearly levelled late on.
Rene Steer - 6
Saw a couple of strikes fail to trouble but a blast was almost turned into his own net by Kevin Roberts. Defended competently.
Ian Ross - 7 STAR MAN
Brought out a fine save from Billy Turley in the first half and put in a great ball for Garner to help Boston get on the scoresheet. Also set up United’s second with a clever pass.
Conor Marshall - 6
Battled well in the heart of midfield before being replaced by Indy Aujla late on.
Jake Hall - 6
In a tight midfield, Hall was full of running and eager to build attacks.
Spencer Weir-Daley - 7
Superb link-up play yet again from the forward, but never had a clear sight at goal.
Ricky Miller - 6
In a match where United didn’t create a whole hatful of chances, Miller created himself a shooting opportunity, seeing his 20-yarder fly off target. The striker was sacrificed for Charley Sanders as the away side went more direct.
Marc Newsham - 6
Found the net with his first major impact on the game. A clever turn, after latching on to Ross’ through ball, and a reverse cipped finish.
Sam Vince (for Timms HT) - 6
The 17-year-old keeper probably thought he was here as a spectator again today. But he was given his opportunity at half time. Vince may not have all the experience in the world, but he is gifted with enthusiasm, ability and confidence. Denied Glenn Walker with a top stop.
Charley Sanders (for Miller 66) - 6
Brought on as Boston went direct. Caused some problems to the Saints defence with huis physical presence.
Indy Aujla (for Marshall 80) - 5
Handed a late run out as Boston pushed for a leveller which escaped them.
Not used: Stefan Galinski, Ben Milnes.