Jason Lee believes Boston United victory sends out a message

Matchwinner Kevin Holsgrove is mobbed by teammates Tom Ward, Chris Hall and Gareth Jelleyman.
Matchwinner Kevin Holsgrove is mobbed by teammates Tom Ward, Chris Hall and Gareth Jelleyman.

JASON Lee believes that Boston United’s opening day victory at Workington has shown that the Pilgrims will be a force to be reckoned with again this season.

Kevin Holsgrove fired home a 93rd-minute winner as Boston left Borough Park with a 2-1 victory.

The Pilgrims fans celebrate.

The Pilgrims fans celebrate.

And Lee - who believes United deserve their tag as one of the Blue Square Bet North favourites - have grafted out a results which will force the rest of the division to stand up and take note.

“I don’t think many teams will come here and take three points away in the fashion we did,” Lee said.

“I’m very delighted with the way it ended up.

The bottom line is that we’ve got to be really pleased, also for the fans who got up early with us and travelled a long way.

“I’d have been disappointed with a draw.”

Despite the exciting manner in which Holsgrove’s winner was tucked away from 20 yards, Lee was quick to admit that his side had been under the kosh for much of the second half.

Holsgrove had put Boston in front with a first-half penalty, after Julian Joachim’s strike was handled by Kyle May.

But the Reds enjoyed much of the possession in the second half, even if many of their balls into the United box were routinely cleared by the central defensive partnership of Kevin Austin and Liam Parker.

“The second half was frustrating for us and we created little,” Lee added.

“But if you don’t shoot you don’t score and I’m pleased Kevin did that.

“All the huffing and puffing that Workington put it didn’t really threaten us, and their only goal came from a penalty.” Indeed, Holsgrove was also involved in the home side’s goal, adjudged to have bundled Lee Andrews over in the penalty area.

Gareth Arnison rifled his spot kick past United keeper Paul Bastock as Workington appeared to have earned a deserved draw.

But Holsgrove believes justice was done, claiming he made no contact with Andrews.

“To be honest, I never touched him,” the Pilgrims matchwinner said.

“I was marking him but he got away from me.

“He was a few yards ahead of me when he went down. I don’t know what happened.”

But turning his attention to his double strike, the Wirral-based wideman added: “It’s good to get the goals and the three points.

“I hope there’s more to come.”

Holsgrove’s goals proved the difference in a game of few chances, where both defences were well on top.

The major talking point for United will arguably be the injury list, which is swelling like a sprained ankle.

United began the day without attackers Ryan Semple and Mickey Stones, who both had hamstring injuries.

Mikel Suarez became the third player to be dealt the same blow as he limped off after just five minutes, before Julian Joachim - his replacement - also had to go off with an ankle injury.

Defender Tom Ward was thrown into attack for the final stages, as Boston pushed for the win.

Holsgrove, himself, suffered a dead leg, but hopes to be fit for Tuesday’s visit of Histon.

UNITED: Bastock, Canoville, Parker, Austin, Jelleyman, Wilkinson, Hall, Milnes, Newsham, Suarez (Joachim 6 (Ward 75)), Holsgrove; Subs (not used): Fairclough, Millson, Deane.

WORKINGTON: Taylor, Hopper (Simpson 72), A. Wright, May, Andrews, Boyd, Green (McNiven 34), Dillon (Main 90), J. Wright, Arnison, McLuckie; Subs (not used): Tucker, Blake.

Att: 585.

Ref: Matthew Bristow.