It means nothing! Jones re-opens his Boston United account, but striker is unhappy with Harrogate defeat

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Mark Jones headed home the goal he’s been dreaming of scoring for the past 16 matches, before declaring: “It means nothing.”

The striker has impressed since his return to Boston United in October, but the one thing that has been missing was a return to the scoresheet.

That changed as his 87th-minute header at Harrogate Town gave the Pilgrims some glimmer of hope on Saturday.

But as the final whistle blew Town had held on for the three points, leaving the striker with mixed emotions.

“It was nice to get the goal, but it means nothing when you don’t get the three points,” said Jones, who had extended his loan from Spalding United until the end of the season during the week.

“On a personal level I’m happy, but three points are more important.

“Hopefully, it’s got that monkey off my back.”

Saturday’s match was given the all-clear despite the Wetherby Road turf being covered in snow.

And as the surface began to freeze it was the hosts who dealt better with the conditions, storming into a 2-0 lead within 17 minutes.

Andy Gascoigne curled home a powerful drive on 11 minutes before Ryan Fallowfield doubled the advantage from close range.

The Pilgrims were left disputing the second goal, claiming that Paul Clayton had taken the ball out of play before teeing up his teammate, but their appeals fell on deaf ears.

“Our goal came too late. In the first 20 minutes, that’s where the game was lost,” Jones admitted.

“They handled the conditions better than us.

“We tried to pass it, as we do, and maybe it didn’t work today.”

Debutant Tom McNamee was given a torrid time in the heart of Boston’s defence, but he can hardly take sole responsibility for the Pilgrims’ early capitulation.

If stray passes, missed challenges and failed take-ons from more experienced players hadn’t occurred further up the pitch then Boston’s defence wouldn’t have found themselves under so much early pressure.

Indeed, after Town scored their second they were second best throughout the contest, even if they ended the match with the one statistic which earns you points.

Harrogate stopper Peter Crook frustrated Boston time and again, getting his hands behind firm strikes from Dayle Southwell, Liam Marrs and Greg Tempest.

And when the keeper appeared to have let the ball creep into his net he clawed the ball back onto the goalline.

By the time referee Scott Oldham - who was 20 yards away - made it to the spot, what he saw left him unable to award a goal.

Harrogate comically missed two sitters which would have put the contest beyond doubt, Fallowfield scooping over from six yards out and the unmarked Clayton casually placing the ball straight at Joel Dixon when he had the goal at his mercy.

That meant Jones’ late header, connecting with Nicky Walker’s corner, gave Boston hope at the death.

And they almost snatched an equaliser deep into stoppage time, before the superb Crook somehow smothered the ball following Marc Newsham’s close-range slide.