MICKEY Stones hopes to make it second time lucky at York Street.
The striker marked his first-team debut with a fourth-minute goal on Saturday, but it was a finish that was four years in the making.
Back in 2007 then-manager Tommy Taylor attempted to lure the striker to York Street from Sleaford Town.
But Stones, 26, didn’t feel the boss was doing enough to convince him to take a chance at York Street.
“I played two friendlies for Tommy, but he didn’t really grow on me that much,” Stones said.
“He rang me once but never rang me back. I was happy at Sleaford and decided to stay there.”
However, Stones was feeling the love in the summer when reserve team boss Glen Maddison convinced him to sign for the Pilgrims, arguing that a good run could see him force himself into the first team squad.
But despite firing 27 goals as the reserves lifted the Lincs League title, Stones had to wait until the final day of the season proper to turn out for the first team.
After previous managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst quit the club to join Grimsby, replacements Jason Lee and Lee Canoville began to strengthen the links between first and second strings.
Stones was finally given his chance when Canoville suggested the new joint coaches take a look at the reserve team, especially Stones, whose scoring exploits impressed the United defender as he read the matchday programmes.
And he was more than happy to play under boyhood hero Lee, whom he watched turn out for Lincoln City as a young fan.
“On the day he (Lee) was appointed, he came to watch the reserve match (against Hykeham), and within five minutes of him sitting down I’d scored,” Stones added.
“After a day I was with the first team.”
Kieran Murphy also returned to the Boston starting XI on Saturday after a 23-match spell on the sidelines with a fractured foot.
And Lee says both could be in contention to play in Sunday’s second leg clash at home to Guiseley (KO 3pm).
“Everyone’s in our plans,” Lee said. “Stoney’s been knocking on the door since we watched our first reserve game, and it’s good to see Kieran back as well.
“I played with him at Ilkeston last season and know what he’s about.
“It’s nice to see him able to play again.”
However, Danny Davidson, Marc Newsham and Lawrie Dudfield may be absentees after picking up minor injuries.