Boston United’s rag-tag bunch suffered a 4-2 defeat at Hednesford but how did the players rate?
Lewis King - 6 (out of 10)
A makeshift team from front to back left the keeper horribly exposed. Made a couple of clever saves with his body, but could do little when opponents were given too much time in the box.
Conor Marshall - 6
Marshall was playing through the pain barrier. But despite carrying an injury he kept to his task on the right-hand side of defence.
Stefan Galinski - 6
Not the centre back’s best game at all. He wasn’t afraid to get physical against the Goliaths Hednesford threw forward for set-pieces, but this wasn’t Galinski at his best.
Carl Piergianni - 7
It was the land of the giants at Keys Park, but Piergianni still won a remarkable amount of aerial battles. Also pulled off a good headed goalline clearance after a deflected strike looped over King. The defender was one of a few positives on a day that was highly forgetable.
Daniel Pritchard - 5
The former Nottingham Forest trialist and Nuneaton Giff player filled in at left back. This was not his favoured position, and that showed as his distribution often failed to find a teammate and he kept straying out of position, leaving the Pitmen too much enjoyable space on the right flank.
Ben Milnes - 6
Milnes battled hard in the centre of the park, but often the Pilgrims midfield was bypassed or overrun. But when on the ball he continually looked to create.
Ian Ross - 6
Ross only scraped through a fitness test prior to kick off. The captain wasn’t allowed to be at his influential best on a boggy pitch which didn’t suit him or allow him enough time on the ball.
Liam Agnew - 6
On the three starting debutants, the lad on work experience from Sunderland looked the most promising. However, he never really got a firm foothold in the game.
Marc Newsham - 6
His reputation goes before him. The striker received close attention from the Hednesford defence and was given few opportunities with the ball at his feet, although when able to break he looked to build attacks.
Pasulay Njie - 4
The Gambian youth international was left shaking his head when substituted. The forward must have known it just wasn’t his day. Twice he took the ball off the feet of Newsham to try his luck from distance, and twice his efforts trickled weakly goalwards. Didn’t gamble enough on back passes either.
Riky Miller - 7 STAR MAN
Miller has the weird ability to appear just as fast running through mud as he does on a pristine surface. Able to steal a yard or two on defencers he, coupled with some trickery, scored Boston’s two goals. Not at his best, but still lethal.
James Reed (for Ross HT) - 7
Reed’s time at Boston appeared to be at an end after university studies took over. But the midfielder was a stand-out performer, battling well and daring to put his body on the line.
Brad Gascoigne (for Njie 54) - 6
Came on with the game all but lost. However, the former Corby man helped tidy things up.
Ngoni Dongo (for Marshall 81) - 5
A late run out and little time to make an impact as both teams were going through the motions.
Not used: Charlie Ward, Sam Vince.