Bradford Park Avenue 1 Boston United 1: Ratings

Lewis King.
Lewis King.

Boston United earned a draw at Bradford Park Avenue, but how did the players rate?

Lewis King - 8 (out of 10) STAR MAN

Pulled off three vital first-half saves - one he knew little about but two which owed plenty to concentration and ability. Made another superb stop after the break, smothering Jordan Deacey’s low strike.

Liam Marrs - 7

Up and down. Up and down. The full back looked the part in attack and played a vital role in a defence which repelled plenty of Park Avenue possession.

Netan Sansara - 7

With Rene Steer suspended, Sansara made his first start in seven matches. The left back coped well enough with the threat of the powerful and tricky Chib Chilaka. Almost won it with a strike against the bar.

Stefan Galinski - 7

Back in the starting XI and a rare run-out in his favoured central defensive role. Alongside Carl Piergianni he looked solid enough - despite being under plenty of pressure - but had no answer to the pace of Paul Walker for Bradford’s goal.

Scott Garner - 7

Played the first hour as a striker and almost found the net with a looping header which beat John Lamb but fell wide of goal. Looked a threat in the air but wasn’t fed nearly enough balls. Returned to defence for the final third.

Carl Piergianni - 7

The hosts piled on the pressure in the first 20 minutes and Piergianni’s coolness was vital in not conceding. Has an ability to bide his time and wait for the perfect moment before sticking the boot in and taking the ball. Nothing rash from the central defender, who has replaced his bandaged head with an Alice band.

Ian Ross - 7

What. A. Goal. The captain got himself on the scoresheet with a 25-yard free kick which gave John Lamb no chance as it curled beyond his outstretched hand. Also came within a whisker of netting as his half volley - off his wrong foot - whizzed wide. Was part of a midfield that was bypassed by long balls for much of the first half, but came into the game more as Boston changed formation.

Jake Hall - 6

There’s no dounting the effort and work rate. Flashes of brilliance as he powered forward and tracked back well, but couldn’t seem to find top gear on a boggy pitch.

Ricky Miller - 6

Was an important outlet as United looked to play on the break. Full of running and a clever cutback set up Marc Newsham.

Marc Newsham - 6

Out of position in midfield for most of the game, but was full of running at the ground where he won promotion for the club. Saw a volley fly off target.

Charley Sanders - 6

After 23 starts, the teenager was handed his first start. Equipped himself well enough and was - as always - up for the scrap. But didn’t stamp out his authority as United didn’t get the ball to him enough.

SUBSTITUTES:

Spencer Weir-Daley (for Sanders 60) - 6

The one who missed out due to United’s tactical changes. Almost made an instant impact as he beat Lamb at his near post but saw his effort fly over.

Conor Marshall (for Hall 74) - 7

Well, what can you say about that. Boston seemed overrun in midfield early on, but the sub had a point to prove and was nothing but blood and thunder. Had a fizzing effort well saved by Lamb.

Not used: Sam Vince, Ben Milnes, Indy Aujla.