Kendall double stuns out-of-sorts United

There was very little to cheer for Boston United fans against Gainsborough Trinity on New Year's Day, the visitors stunning the home side with a shock 3-1 win. Photo: Andy Laithwaite.
There was very little to cheer for Boston United fans against Gainsborough Trinity on New Year's Day, the visitors stunning the home side with a shock 3-1 win. Photo: Andy Laithwaite.

Boston United 1 (Weir-Daley 45)

Gainsborough Trinity 3

(Aiston 20, Kendall 60, 72)

THERE was little New Year joy for Boston United on Saturday when county rivals Gainsborough Trinity secured a 3-1 win at The Jakemans Stadium.

The New Year’s Day spoils headed back to the north of the county following two second half strikes from Trinity’s top scorer Ryan Kendall.

The match had been finely-poised heading into the second period, following respective goals from Sam Aiston and Spencer Weir-Daley, but Kendall’s quickfire double deflated the Pilgrims.

Kendall had rattled a post early on for Trinity, while Marc Newsham clipped the bar for the Pilgrims, before Aiston met Paul Mayo’s driven cross to hand Gainsborough a 20th minute lead.

United drew level on the stroke of half-time. Trinity keeper Phil Barnes made a terrific stop to deny Gareth Jelleyman, but Weir-Daley was on hand to lash home the rebound from close-range.

Ryan Semple was denied by Barnes either side of the break, but Trinity were soon in front — and never really looked back.

Kendall produced an excellent individual goal, holding off the attentions of three United defenders, to fire his side back into the lead on the hour mark.

Kendall settled the issue 12 minutes later — meeting Mayo’s left-wing cross to beat an exposed James McKeown.

Boston: McKeown, Cullingworth, Jelleyman, Church, Pearson, Canoville, Semple (Sleath 76), Clarke, Newsham (Hunter 76), Weir-Daley, Yates (Davidson 73). Subs (not used): Murphy, Haystead (gk).

Referee: Geoff Law.

Attendance: 1,559.