COLWYN BAY 2 BOSTON UNITED 3: Deadly Dayle at the double

Dayle Southwell.
Dayle Southwell.

Dayle Southwell ensured Boston United kept their dream start to the Vanarama North season in tact, sealing victory number three with a deadly double.

Scott Garner also opened his account for the season as the Pilgrims left Colwyn Bay with all three points following a 3-2 victory.

United didn’t have it all their own way, not by any means, but as the final whistle blew they - and Guiseley - were the only teams in the division with a 100 per cent record after three rounds of matches.

Dennis Greene began with a 4-3-3 formation in North Wales, handing striker David Fallah his full debut in attack alongside Chris Dickinson and Southwell.

Zak Mills and surprise package Kaine Felix both returned from suspension - with the latter taking his place on the bench - while Jamie McGhee, Jay Dowie and Marc Newsham missed out through injury.

International clearance doesn’t seem to ever halt Real Madrid and Barcelona’s marquee signings, but life isn’t the same in the Vanarama North.

Boston keeper Matt Gledhill was yet again unable to be involved, with the home side’s Senegalese star man Moustapha Saiel suffering the same frustrating wait.

With less than three minutes on the clock United captain Garner found himself in the book for tugging Tom Buckley.

From the resultant free kick Sam Vince pulled off a vital double save, parrying Louis Moss’ free kick and denying Chris Noone’s follow up.

Boston hit back through Dickinson, but his low effort was pushed wide by Josh Ollerenshaw.

In an end-to-end start to the contest, Vince was called upon to gather Marc Williams’ header while Mills was fortunate not to concede a penalty after clattering into the same man.

Stopper Vince again made a brave block, being clattered by Aaron Rey as he scooped up a loose ball.

For Boston, Carl Piergianni’s header forced Ollerenshaw to desperately scramble away the danger while Fallah’s chip dipped wide of the target.

Danny Meadows should have opened the scoring when he connected with Michael Hollingsworth’s cross, but the Boston man somehow scooped his half volley over from under the crossbar.

United made that breakthrough in the 38th minute when Mills’ long through caused havoc in the Bay defence.

After a scramble Garner prodded the ball goalwards and reeled off in celebration.

The Seagulls levelled on the hour mark - their first goal of the league season - when Rey was gifted a simple tap in.

With Fallah remonstrating with referee Matthew Corlett after conceding a foul, the hosts took full advantage and Obi Anorou - who had headed an effort against the United bar seconds earlier - was put through before teeing up his teammate.

Boston responded swiftly, but Piergianni’s header was kneed off the line by Moss.

The Pilgrims regained the lead in the 76th minute - from another long Mills throw-in.

This time the full back picked out Southwell, who had to stand his ground before heading home his first competitive goal for the club.

And his second followed five minutes later.

Substitute Felix skipped into the Bay penalty area before he was upended by Chris Noone.

And up stepped Southwell to send Ollerenshaw the wrong way.

Seconds later and the forward came within a whisker of his hat-trick, but his free kick hit the outside of the Bay post.

In stoppage time, Anoruo pulled one back for Bay as he latched onto a long ball and chipped Vince, but the Pilgrims held on.

BAY: Ollerenshaw, Olapade, Moss, Clarke, Bembo-Leta, Noone (Hodgson 82), Buckley, Anoruo, Hopley (Haywood 58), Williams, Rey (Parker 70); Subs (not used): Clark, Pilliner.

UNITED: Vince, Mills, Garner, Piergianni, Steer, Marshall (Felix 66), Hollingsworth, Meadows, Southwell, Dickinson (Doran 66), Fallah (Galinski 77); Subs (not used): Reynolds, Hewitt.

Att: 259.

Ref: Matthew Corlett.