Boston United kicked off their FA Cup campaign with comfortable 4-0 success at Stafford Rangers. Here, Duncan Browne looks at how the Pilgrims rated...
Ashley Timms - 6 (out of 10)
The man in pink’s first half was quieter than a soundproofed library. But Timms kept his concentration well when Darren Bullock’s speculative header looked like it may be creeping in, fingertipping the danger away. It was more of the same in the second half, until he was replaced.
Peter Bore - 6
Was rarely troubled in the first half as Boston dominated the play. Bore looked comfortable in defence until a bad fall in the 49th minute, which saw him replaced by Reed.
Netan Sansara - 7
Showed more of his attacking abilities and looked to thoroughly enjoy the fun he was having at the expense of Rangers right back Michael Carr. Sansara and Miller took it in turns to turn the poor lad inside out, as if he was a jumper just out of the washing machine. Brought out a save from Brain with a zinger of a drive and also hit the crossbar.
Conor Marshall - 6
Conor Marshall a right back? The youngster’s days in defence seem a distant memory these days. After the midweek defeat to Bradford Park venue, questions were being asked about Marshall’s longevity in midfield. Was he tiring? Was he being found out? Well, not at Marston Road for the first 45 minutes, where he defended stoically and looked to burst into the box.
Stefan Galinski - 6
Looked to have pulled up in the warm-up, but the defender was deemed fit to start. After seeing an early strike deflected off target he let his teammates take on the fancy stuff, opting to sit back and break up play. Let’s forget about a very, very wayward back pass early in the second half and say Galinski enjoyed a solid match.
Carl Piergianni - 8
That extended leg at full stretch, but getting enough on the ball to clear it well up the pitch. That perfectly-timed toe poke which takes the ball off an opponent’s foot. The checked run, step back and perfect leap to head the danger away. These are not easy things, but Carl Piergianni makes them look so simple.
Ian Ross - 6
It wasn’t Ross’ liveliest match for United. While those in front of him were enjoying space and the plaudits, the captain was happy to concentrate on the gritty stuff in midfield. However, his dead balls provided a few hairy moments for Rangers, particularly when Piergianni headed over.
Ben Milnes - 7
Back from injury and showing what United have been missing. A delightful through-ball teed up Miller for United’s first. He also saw a handful of strikes worry the Rangers supporters.
Ricky Miller - 8 STAR MAN
Miller was due a goal, and he duly delivered. He put the Pilgrims ahead with a calm finish, after a powerful run, and was fouled by Carr to win Boston’s penalty. Miller then netted number two with 10 minutes to go.
Ben Fairclough - 7
Fairclough was handed his first competitive start of the season and staked a claim for a regular starting berth. The forward was full of running and his trickery down the flanks created some nervy moments for the home team.
Spencer Weir-Daley - 8
Marking your 150th appearance with your 60th and 61st goals isn’t a bad way to go at all. With no Marc Newsham, Weir-Daley was handed spot kick duties - and the part-time rapper was right on song with a confidently-drilled strike down the centre of goal. His second finish combined skill, power and precision. A very good day at the office.
Indy Aujla (for Marshall HT) - 6
The debutant spent four minutes in his favoured midfield position before - due to an injury to Bore - slotting in at right back. Rarely troubled, but unafraid to get stuck in.
James Reed (for Bore 49) - 6
First appearance since his late arrival in the draw at Oxford City. A little rusty at first, but Reed soon got back into his stride with an all-energy performance.
Sam Vince (for Timms 80) - 5
The teenage keeper was given his FA Cup debut. With the Pilgrims coasting, the youngster was granted the final 10 minutes. He’ll be happy with a clan sheet, but didn’t have anotable save to make.
Not used: Ngoni Dongo, Ollie Price.