The future’s amber! Lee says youngsters were Boston United’s positive in Shield defeat

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JASON Lee admitted Grantham Town were ‘worthy winners’ of the Lincs Senior Shield... but believes his young players will grow from the experience.

Rhys Lewis netted in both halves to earn the Gingerbreads the trophy at the Meres last night.

With three matches in seven days this week, managers Lee and Lee Canoville opted to put out an experimental side.

But the pic ‘n mix side of fringe players, reserves and youth teamers failed to gel as the home side were never put under any real pressure.

“From our point of view, it wasn’t a great performance,” said Lee.

“For us to throw a side together, we looked a bit disjointed and we didn’t really offer enough going forward, which was disappointing.”

However, the Boston boss did pick out reserves Ricky Drury and Jason Field, plus under 18s Lewis Sturman and James Reed for special praise.

He continued: “I felt young Lewis Sturman and young James (Reed) did well.

“Jason Field also did well seeing as he played on Saturday (on loan at Brigg) and took a few knocks.

“These games are important for them as they develop. They all made the step up and they didn’t do themselves any harm.

“Ricky Drury isn’t getting first-team games because of (Paul) Bastock.

“But we’re happy with how he’s progressing and he made some good saves.”

Lee was also quick to praise Evo-Stik Division One South leaders Grantham.

He added: “You can see why they’re top of their league, they’re very strong and maybe it was a bit too much to ask for some of our players, in terms of putting young players in.

“But fair play to them, you have to give them credit.

“They’re very positive and very direct. They’re worthy winners.”