Lee Canoville orders Boston United to draw first blood

Lee Canoville.
Lee Canoville.

LEE Canoville wants his Boston United squad to draw first blood as they travel to face winless Nuneaton Town.

The Pilgrims believe victory at Liberty Way will be the perfect way to cast Saturday’s disappointing defeat against Vauxhall Motors to the back of their minds.

However, joint-boss Canoville says their task will be made a lot easier if United score first.

That was the case as they won 2-1 at Workington on the opening day of the season.

But at home they have drawn with Histon and lost to the Motormen after conceding first on both occasions.

“If we concede, with give other teams something to hold onto,” he told The Standard.

“If we go one or two up then teams who are more used to losing than us crumble, and we can go on to score a few more.

“We’ve got to compete (at Nuneaton) and bounce back.”

However, there will be few changes to the threadbare United squad, as the Pilgrims continue to suffer injury worries.

Strikers Mikel Suarez (hamstring), Julian Joachim (ankle) and Mickey Stones (hamstring) don’t appear to be match fit yet.

Add to that Canoville (medial ligament) and midfielder Ben Wilkinson (knee) and United are lacking in options.

Canoville added: “The lads with the injuries won’t have a chance to train so I very much doubt anyone will be back.

“Those players who are fit will have to step up their levels.

“We don’t usually lose two on the trot, and we’ll have to make sure we don’t do that now.

“We’ll put it right and aim for a win and a good performance, then the defeat against Vauxhall Motors gets forgotten a little bit.”

Nuneaton, who host United tonight (KO 7.45pm), are without a win. They have lost against Stalybridge Celtic and Droylsden, while drawing 0-0 at home to Gloucester City.