JASON Lee says he was ‘over the moon’ with Boston United’s battling performance at Harrogate Town.
The Pilgrims claimed a 2-0 victory at the Blue Square Bet North title favourites – thanks to goals from Marc Newsham and player-manager Lee.
“It (the result) came from hard work,” said Lee, who praised an overall team performance.
“The lads put a real shift in.
“The lads were solid and did the nasty stuff we asked them to. There were no luxury players out there.
“It takes the front men to do the hard work, and all the rest of the players all the way back.
“Nobody shirked their job - we are over the moon.”
Newsham grabbed his second of the league campaign with an exquisite 10th minute strike on the turn, which looped over Mark Cook and into the back of the net.
Lee sealed victory with an 88th-minute header, being mobbed by his charges as he pumped his chest out in front of the delirious travelling fans.
After defeats to Vauxhall Motors and Nuneaton Town, United rang out the changes.
New signing Alan White moved into the heart of the defence alongside Tom Ward, Kevin Austin dropping to the bench, while Liam Parker moved to right back to replace Jordan Fairclough.
Danny Sleath – back from the World University Games in China – took the place of Ben Milnes in midfield while Ryan Semple was back in the starting line up at the cost of Adam Millson.
Although both sides took it in turns to take control of the contest, it was Boston who carved out the better chances.
Kevin Holsgrove saw his effort denied by the feet of Cook, while Newsham, twice, and Semple both came within a whisker of finding the target.
For Harrogate, United keeper Paul Bastock was the thorn in their side, getting down quick to deny Peter Bore, while comfortably dealing with Paul Brayson’s efforts at goal.
Adam Nowakowski was wasteful in front of goal, firing over when well-placed from 12 yards out.
But it was Boston’s day.
HARROGATE: Cook, Wilson, Radcliffe, Nowakowski (Hardy 67), Picton, Heckingbottom, Bore, Turnbull, Brayson, Hassan (Turl 78), Elam (Ros 59); Subs (not used): Pell, Bloomer.
UNITED: Bastock, Parker, Jelleyman, Hall, Ward, White, Semple, Sleath, Stones (Lee 75), Newsham, Holsgrove (Wilkinson 82); Subs (not used): Fairclough, Austin, Deane.
Ref: Mark Ackerman.