Heavy metal football? Boston United’s Ryan Robbins wants to be a stadium rocker

Ryan Robbins.
Ryan Robbins.

Forget Jurgen Klopps ‘heavy metal’ football, Ryan Robbins wants to become a stadium rocker.

The Boston United striker smashed home a late winner on Saturday as Boston United overcame the odds to beat National League North rivals Alfreton Town 2-1.

On the same day that Liverpool’s new manager attempted to bring his brand of raucous football to the Premier League, Robbins was left thrilled by the stadium roars which greeted his goal six steps further down the footballing ladder.

It was the powerful forward’s second goal in three games since his switch from Stamford, but his first at the Jakemans Stadium.

And Robbins was delighted to pump up the volume.

“You can see what it means to the fans outside. It was an absolute noise,” Robbins reflected on the celebrations which greeted his winner and the final whistle.

“At one point I stood there and thought ‘this place is rocking’.

“It’s great to see, they’ve come out and we want to repay the fans for their support.

“It’s new to me. I’m not used to the mad atmosphere, but it’s a great feeling when you’re on the good end of it.”

Victory was all the more sweeter - and perhaps those cheers even louder - because before the hosts regained the lead, Town looked to have complete control of the contest.

Beginning the day without the first-choice central defensive pairing of Carl Piergianni (suspended) and Zak Mills (injury) meant Scott Garner dropped back from midfield to partner Boston debutant Richard Jones.

But when Jones’ afternoon finished in the 69th minute due to a knee injury, young Jordan Richards was offered the tough task of moving back from midfield in what appeared a damage limitation exercise against the physically imposing and aerially dangerous Reds.

But having their backs to the wall seemed to galvanise the Pilgrims.

When Cameron Johnson - making just his second first-team appearance - set Robbins free with a classy 30-yard pass with just 14 minutes remaining, the forward powered beyond ex-Pilgrim Stefan Galinski before beating Matt Duke at his near post with a thunderous effort.

Two minutes later Johnson’s tricky running saw him felled by Cliff Moyo, who picked up his second booking of the day.

As the Alfreton defender made his way down the tunnel it appeared that his team’s hopes of salvaging something from the day went with him.

Grant Roberts had given United a 31st-minute lead as he calmly slotted home a goal made by the powerful sprinting and clever square pass of Dayle Southwell.

But Sam Jones levelled things up moments before the interval as he pounced upon Liam Marrs’ attempted clearance and scooped his effort beyond Henrich Ravas.

While Duke was hardly tested during the afternoon, Ravas was forced into making important reaction saves to deny Tom Allan and Jones.

On the occasions the Slovakian was beaten, Dan Bradley and Todd Jordan both struck the woodwork.

But when a second Alfreton goal appeared to be a case of when, not if, Johnson and Robbins turned the tide, while United’s ragtag defence held stoically firm for a memorable victory.