Lincoln United 0 Boston United 4: Newsham and Jones put Pilgrims into Lincs Shield semi

Mark Jones.
Mark Jones.

HOT-shots Marc Newsham and Mark Jones both opened their accounts for the season as Boston United cruised into the semi-final of the Lincs Senior Shield.

Last season’s leading marksman Newsham netted two penalties in the opening half, while substitute Jones had his say after the break.

Boston were handed the lead in the 19th minute after former Chelsea defender Stuart Reddington clumsily bundled Ben Fairclough to the floor.

Newsham stepped up to coolly slot low and beyond the reach of Phil McGann.

History repeated itself on the stroke of half time after David Coyde blocked Ian Ross’ cross with his arm.

After a head injury left the bloodied and bandaged head of Spencer Weir-Daley needing stitches, Jones was introduced in the 59th minute.

And the tall striker imposed himself on the match.

Seven minutes after his introduction he headed home an Ian Ross free kick, again following a trip on Fairclough.

And at the death, he found space to slot beyond McGann for number four.

Despite chairman David Newton and manager Jason Lee both showing their disdain for the competition at the club’s recent fans’ forum, the Pilgrims fielded their strongest possible side.

Selection was hampered by the fact this was a competitive match and trialists – including Jack Stokes, Travis Munn and Joe French, whose registrations hadn’t gone through – were ineligible.

Ben Milnes watched from the stand, suspended following his red card at Hyde last season.

Lincoln had a chance to draw level in the first half after Pilgrims keeper Dan Haystead rushed out of his area to clear.

The ball landed kindly at the feet of Josh Raby, whose 25-yard volley towards the unguarded net curled inches off target.

But that was about all the hosts could manage as they were outclassed by Boston.

Nathan Stainfield had two golden chances from Ian Ross corners, but saw a header deflected wide, before later blasting a bouncing ball over from close range.

Ross almost offered the icing on the cake midway through the second 45, but his goalbound delicate chip was finely tipped over by McGann.

LINCOLN: McGann, Fleming, Butler (Shipman 82), McDaid, Reddington, Coyde, Raby, Luerner, Wilkinson, Cowan (Funnell 59), Leverett (Sutton 68); Subs (not used): Newton, Pickering.

UNITED: Haystead, Marshall, Jelleyman, Reed, Miller, Stainfield, Fairclough, Ross, Weir-Daley (Jones 59), Newsham, Smith; Subs (not used): Field, Sturman, Ward, Nuttell.