Jason Lee happy after Boston United’s second clean sheet of the season

Danny Sleath.
Danny Sleath.

JASON Lee praised his Boston United side after they kept their second clean sheet of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Pilgrims and FC Halifax Town fought out a closely-contested 0-0 draw at York Street yesterday.

“We were solid and got a good point,” said Lee, whose side also won 2-0 at Harrogate on Saturday.

“We’ve got two clean sheets in two games.

“That’s what we’re aiming for and long may it continue.

“ Me and Lee (Canobille,m fellow boss) are very happy with the two performances over the weekend.”

Goals were the only things missing from this lively encounter, in which two evenly-matches sides battled hard throughout.

After the disappointing start to the campaign, United bosses Canoville and Lee demanded their defence begin keeping some clean sheets.

And their demands were repaid as Alan White – making his home debut – and Tom Ward put in tremendous shifts at the heart of defence, while keeper Paul Bastock earned his wages with a succession of superb saves.

As both sides sized each other up, there was little goalmouth action in the first quarter.

Boston and Halifax were patiently building attacks, but chances were restricted to shots from distance.

Chris Hall fired over for Boston while, in response, Tom Baker saw an effort fly narrowly over Bastock’s bar.

The Pilgrims were looking to create chances through wingers Ryan Semple and Kevin Holsgrove.

When the latter got the better of Aaron Hardy, he played a clever ball into the penalty area, which Marc Newsham just couldn’t divert goalwards.

Mickey Stones thought he’d scored his first league goal of the season when he connected with Semple’s corner, but Halifax’s Danny Lowe was on hand to hack the ball off the line.

Halifax began the second half with a number of free kicks on the edge of the Boston penalty area, but wild drives failed to find the target.

However, one poor clearance from the Pilgrims saw the ball land kindly for James Dean, but his powerful strike couldn’t beat Bastock.

From yet another free kick, Harry Winter – who had thumped one dead ball high into the Town End – teed up Baker, whose drive deflected off the back of Ward, but brought out a fine diving save from Bastock.

United rediscovered their attacking form, and from a Semple corner, Ward’s knock down came within a whisker of being converted by Newsham.

United should have tested Halifax keeper Simon Eastwood with 10 minutes to go, Jordan Fairclough’s cros was nodded down by Mikel Suraez.

But when presented with a strike at goal, Danny Sleath wanted a second touch and his dawdling lost possession.

Town went straight on the offensive, Lowe outmuscled Fairclough in the Pilgrims’ penalty area, only to see his fearsome effort smothered once again by Bastock.

In response, a Semple corner was met by Suarez, but his header failed to hit the target as another Boston chance went begging.

The Shaymen should have snatched victory in stoppage time when Lowe’s cross was met by the unmarked Hardy.

But after shrugging off the challenge of Gareth Jelleyman, he somehow forced his close-range header off target.

And that was to be the final telling effort of the day, as two evenly-balanced sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

UNITED: Bastock, Parker (Fairclough HT), Jelleyman, Hall, Ward, White, Semple, Sleath, Stones (Suarez 61), Newsham, Holsgrove; Subs (not used): Austin, Deane, Wilkinson.

HALIFAX: Eastwood, Hardy, Lowe, Anderson, L. Hogan, McManua, Winter, Baker, Dean, Gregory (S. Hogan 77), Needham (Garner 72); Subs (not used): Gray, Haggerty, Senior.

Att: 1,596. Ref: Darren England.