King crowns his Boston United debut by praising his teammates’ fighting spirit

Dennis Greene and his assistant Martyn Bunce.
Dennis Greene and his assistant Martyn Bunce.

Boston United debutant Lewis King hailed a ‘great fightback’ from his new teammates as the Pilgrims came from behind to beat Colwyn Bay 2-1.

The Seagulls took a first-half lead after the Boston keeper was adjudged to have brought down Gareth Evans in the penalty area, with Jonathan Royle beating King from the spot.

But goals from Spencer Weir-Daley and Carl Piergianni saw United snatch all three points in a second half where Bay’s Danny Taylor and Tom Smyth were both sent off for picking up second bookable offences.

“It was a great fightback from the lads,” said King, who has previously been on the books of Stockport County and Eastwood Town.

“I’ve been keeping track of their results over the past few weeks and know they can fight back, this was another of them.”

King - who has trained with Boston this week in the build-up to the contest - is adamant that referee Michael George should not have awarded the Seagulls a penalty, but he was quick to praise his teammates for keeping his spirits up after conceding.

He added: “I didn’t think it was a penalty, but the ref’s given it and the lads have kept their heads up.

“They’ve got round me and kept my head up as well, which is pleasing.

“I’ve got the ball, but the ref thought I got the man I’m guessing.

“Colwyn Bay were a good side. They came out and gave everything in the first half.

“But luckily we turned it round.”

Weir-Daley finished from close range after Rene Steer’s cross was deflected into his path and Piergianni looped home a header from a well-worked free kick routine with 12 minutes remaining.

Victory was enough to see United move up into fourth spot in the Skrill North.

But the major talking points were the two red cards, as well as Bay’s coach Ade Akinbiyi also being sent to the stands for comments made to the officils.

Although all four incidents were fair yellow cards, Boston boss Dennis Greene believes that losing two men was harsh on the opposition.

He added: “Welcome to Boston - it’s very dramatic every week with us.

“I thought we were second to the ball first half and we addressed that at half time.

“Sometimes going down to 10 men or nine men can be difficult as they get bodies behind the ball and you have to find the space to score.

“We got the goals at the right time and I thought they were a little hard done by with the decisions.”