‘God told me to be a Pilgrim’ says new Boston United signing

Junior Konadu in action for St Neots.
Junior Konadu in action for St Neots.

Junior Konadu hopes he can be the man to answer Boston United’s prayers, after revealing it was his faith which brought him to York Street.

The 27-year-old made his debut from the bench as the Pilgrims came from behind to beat second-bottom Oxford City 2-1 on Saturday.

But Konadu admitted he may never have left his East Ham home to link up with his former St Neots Town manager Dennis Greene at Boston, had it not been for his religion.

“I know Dennis from St Neots. He called me up and I wasn’t sure about going,” Konadu admitted.

“But I’m a Christian and I prayed about going and I felt God was telling me to go.

“It was a good move.”

Faith plays a large part in the former Macclesfield Town man’s attitude to life, both on and off the pitch.

He added: “I’m quite a shy kid, so before I wouldn’t even have travelled here. I just like staying in my environment.

“But I feel God’s given me a lot more confidence to go out and play and not be scared of people.”

Jay Dowie is another of Greene’s former players who made his debut on Saturday.

But it was the fortunes of financially struggling Skrill North rivals Histon, which saw the 22-year-old start in the heart of midfield.

With the Stutes unable to pay their players, Greene swooped to snap Dowie up from his former club.

“Dennis got on the phone and it was too much of an opportunity to turn down,” Dowie explained. “It’s a big club and a great atmosphere. I just want to work hard and do well here, hopefully get promoted.

“It’s a different pressure, being in a side looking for promotion instead of relegation. It’s still pressure, but it’s good to be looking towards the top of the table.”

Saturday’s contest was far from pretty.

Zac McEachran handed City a deserved 40th-minute lead after firing home through a packed penalty area, moments after Darren Pond had struck the woodwork.

For large periods of the contest United just couldn’t do the simple stuff. Even passing from close distance proved too much at times.

But an improved, if far from perfect, second half saw them snatch victory.

After Mike Symons had again rattled the Boston post, Ricky Miller fired home his 20th of the season from the penalty spot after he was knocked to the floor by Lee Henderson.

And with 13 minutes to go, Conor Marshall headed home his third United goal after Daniel Bulman could only parry Miller’s drive.

UNITED: King, Marshall, Ferguson, Dowie, Garner, Piergianni, McGhee (Galinski 89), Fairclough (Konadu 56), Miller, Newsham, Agnew (Ross 85); Subs (not used): Milnes, Weir-Daley.

CITY: Bulman, Henderson, Stonehouse, Pook, Preece, Willmott, Solomon-Otabar (Benjamin 64), Pond, Symons (Basham 64), McEachran, Winters (McNish 73); Subs (not used): Ballard, Jackson.

Ref: Guy Stretton.

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