San-tastic! After opening his Boston United account, Netan Sansara would love another go up front

Marc Newsham and Netan Sansara.
Marc Newsham and Netan Sansara.

Stand-in striker Netan Sansara scored his first Boston United goal to help the Pilgrims earn a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stalybridge Celtic.

In an early Christmas cracker, forgotten man Ben Fairclough rifled home a 25-yard screamer and Marc Newsham took his club tally to 99 goals as Dennis Greene’s battlers fought back from 3-1 down to remain in the promotion-chasing pack.

And after opening his account, Sansara admitted he wouldn’t mind being rebranded as a forward.

“It’s been a long time coming, but hopefully I can get a few more goals now,” said Sansara, who has previously rattled the woodwork against Stafford and Bradford Park Avenue this season.

“Wherever I’m asked to play I’ll do a job for the team. Hopefully, higher up now.

“But I’m happy to play anywhere down that left side - left back, left wing or on the left as part of a front three.”

The former Walsall man admitted Saturday’s spirited contest was one which both sides will feel they deserved to win.

Phil Marsh fired Celtic in front on nine minutes after Liam Marrs and keeper Lewis King had both made blocks on the line.

And it was 2-0 when Kristian Platt thumped a 30-yard free kick beyond the diving King.

But Boston were back in it almost straight away as Sansara tapped home from close range after Arran Jameson spilled Newsham’s low cross.

After the break Celtic restored their two-goal advantage when Marsh rounded King to slot home.

But substitute Fairclough - back from his Grantham Town loan spell - gave United hope with a left-footed thunderbolt.

And Newsham pulled the Pilgrims level from close range after Jameson parried Ian Ross’ skipping strike.

King did well to keep Boston in the contests with two acrobatic saves to deny Sean McConville and Andy McWilliams.

At the other end, the unconvincing Jameson flapped but somehow denied efforts from Sansara and Fairclough.

In a physical encounter, Boston lost both Ricky Miller and Rene Steer to first-half injuries, but a point was enough to finish the day in seventh, three points shy of the play-off spots.