Boston United knocked Conference Premier Southport out of the FA Trophy yesterday, but how did the players rate?
Sam Vince - 7 (out of 10)
Did well to parry the initial effort which led to Nathan Ellington’s goal but, apart from that save, was rarely troubled. However, this was his biggest test to date and the teenager passed with flying colours.
Liam Marrs - 8
Superb. Strong, full-blooded and full of energy. Bossed the right flank as if it was his own and never gave an inch. Linked up well.
Rene Steer - 8
Lived on the egde after picking up an early booking. But Steer didn’t change his game and harried and hassled throughout. Also looked effective in attack.
Conor Marshall - 8
Marshall doesn’t do things by halves and picked up where he left off at Bradford last week with crunching tackles and a battling attitude. Almost scored with a looping header.
Scott Garner - 8
Steady, sensible and solid. The central defender played it cool throughout, repelling the Southport attacks. He’s agreed to remain at Boston for the rest of the season, great news for all parties.
Carl Piergianni - 8
Another goal - his fifth of the season - and arguably his most important for the Pilgrims. He may have scored the winner, but he did most of the damage at the back... to Southport’s hopes.
Ian Ross - 9 STAR MAN
The captain has had his mojo back for the past few weeks and is in arguably in the best form he has ever been for Boston United - certainly he has never been this influential. With the ability to pick the perfect pass, Ross turned midfield scraps into breakaway attacks throughout. And as that wasn’t enough he created both Boston goals and also the team’s three other best chances.
Jake Hall - 8
Making the trek from London to Southport is tiring me out just thinking about it. But Hall not only made the long haul, he peeled himself off that coach seat to put in another top showing. Didn’t always pick the perfect pass, but the all-action midfielder scrapped as if his life depended on it, making many vital challenges.
Ricky Miller - 8
Miller was playing on a surface that suited his high-tempo game. And the striker revelled in that fact from beginning to end. Never afraid to use the space on the Haig Avenue turf to his advantage he ran, ran and ran some more. A fine, if not techincally great, save from Danny Hurst prevented him getting his name on the scoresheet.
Marc Newsham - 8
He’s back! Two games without a goal could be seen as a drought for Newsham, But after going four matches without netting, he pops up just when he’s needed yet again. Newsham pulled the Pilgrims level with his 98th goal for the club and his 12th of the season, with a no-nonsense blaster into the roof of the net.
Stefan Galinski - 7
Didn’t start off at his best and could have done better against Joel Logan when he skipped past him for the hosts’ goal. Nathan Ellington also had some early joy against the defender. However, he grew in stature during the contests and didn’t really give the Port a sniff after that. Summed up Boston’s display in the 90th minute as he sprinted full throttle for 15 yards and slid in just to ensure the hosts didn’t win a throw in neat the United goal.
Spencer Weir-Daley (for Miller 77) - 7
SWD may have only been on the pitch for 13 minutes, but don’t dismiss his contribution in this terrific contest. His fresh legs were a neccessity in harrying Southport’s defence as they looked to build late attacks from the back. As someone looking to regain his place in the first XI, you could almost accept Weir-Daley wanting to do something eye-catching in front of goal - but instead he put in a shift for the team, happy to work the channels and play keep-ball in the corners.
Not used: Ben Milnes, Indy Aujla, Netan Sansara, Ben Fairclough.