Lincoln United 1 Boston United 3: It’s Dayle at the double

Zak Mills.
Zak Mills.

Dayle Southwell struck twice as Boston United earned a 3-1 victory at Lincoln United.

Charley Sanders also got on the scoresheet in a convincing win.

Prior to kick off, boss Dennis Greene called on his side to start showing a winning mentality as the Conference North season creeps ever closer, and he should be pretty pleased with what he saw, albeit against Evo-Stik Division One opposition.

Greene opted to start Scott Garner in the heart of defence alongside Carl Piergianni as he gave, perhaps, his best indication yet of the starting XI - or, at least, the formation - he may be looking to implement early in the season.

THe 4-4-2 line-up utilised pace down the wings with Kaine Felix and Jamie McGhee given freedom down the flanks and full backs Duran Reynolds and Zak Mills offered the chance to overlap.

Gone were most of the trialists, although Danny Meadows began in central midfield alongside Conor Marshall, and new face David Falliaah was given his chance to impress with Southwell as his strike partner.

Former Nottingham Forest youth teamer Kieran Wallace was named amongst the Pilgrims substitutes, as was Michael Hollingworth.

Boston created the better early chances and Southwell came close when he connected with Falliaah’s cross, only to see his downward header rebound back off the upright.

Reynolds and Mills were both looking lively, the former seeing an effort held by Robert Peet and the latter putting in an inviting cross which Meadows weekly nodded goalwards.

Lincoln enjoyed their share of possession but saw a number of efforts repelled by the Pilgrims defence.

And when Nathan Modest sprinted past Piergianni it took a great save from Sam Vince to keep the scores level.

Southwell handed Boston a 39th-minute lead when he latched onto a long punt and coolly fired a low effort into the net.

Peet did well to keep the score down when he tipped McGhee’s effort round his post.

After the interval Felix cut inside before blasting an effort well over the Lincoln crossbar.

But Southwell made no mistake in the 65th minute as he doubled the advantage with a 25-yard strike.

The former Grimsby Town man could have grabbed a hat-trick moments later, but he shot wide from an acute angle.

The hosts conjured up a couple of good chances in front of Vince’s goal, but neither Gio Carchedi or Bruno Holden could hit the target.

Boston made it 3-0 in the 80th minute when Sanders got the final touch following Jack Barlow’s corner and Southwell’s strike.

Garner, who moved up to attack for the final few minutes, burst through on goal but saw his effort fizz wide.

At the death, Carchedi grabbed a poachers’ consolation for Lincoln.

LINCOLN: Peet, Wright, Brown, Richardson (McDaid 69), Ward, Jacklin, Chambers, Brooks, Holden, Modest (Carchedi HT), Duncum (Asplin (20); Subs (not used): McDaid, Burrows.

BOSTON: Vince, Mills, Reynolds (Smythe 72), Marshall (Hollingworth 68), Garner, Piergianni, Felix (Galinski 61), Meadows (Barlow 61), Southwell, Falliaah (Wallace 61), McGhee (Sanders 72); Subs (not used): Hewitt.