Duncan Browne takes a look at today’s action...
MATCH RESULT: Boston United 1 (Southwell, pen 77) Stalybridge 1 (Dickinson 42).
WHAT WE EXPECTED: With the Pilgrims winning five and drawing two of their seven previous home matches against the Celtic, history would suggests the hosts would take a point at least. That belief was perhaps strengthened by the fact Stalybridge haven’t won either of their away matches this season, prior to kick off.
WHAT WE GOT: A bit of a damp squib. Both sides failed to hit top gear and in the end a point each was probably a fair results. United had the better of the possession and posed more of a threat, but they found the Celtic defence steadfast.
MAGIC MOMENT: A moment of good control from Dayle Southwell saw him release Danny Meadows on the right flank. The midfielders cross was met in the box by Southwell whose shot on the turn was well saved by Lewis King, back to face his former club.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Danny Meadows was perhaps the Pilgrims’ best performer. He put in a good shift in midfield, although in defence Scott Garner also had a decent game.
GOAL OF THE GAME: One was a penalty, one was sloppy defending. It’s a tough one to call.
ONE TO WATCH: Paul Ennis looked a threat for Celtic. His constant battling and meddling was enough to ruffle the United defence’s feathers.
REF WATCH: The Pilgrims lost twice at home in the league last season, Ricky Wootton was the man in the middle on both occasions. Neither of those defeats could be blamed on the official, who again refused to stand for any flak. Perhaps Boston were a little fortunate with the awarding of the penalty, but Wootton evened things up with his call for the equaliser.
RATINGS: Vince 6, Mills 6, Steer 6, Marrs 6, Garner 7, Piergianni 6, Doran 6 (Fallah 63, 6), Hollingsworth 7 (Marshall 87, 5), Southwell 7, Felix 6, Meadows 7; Subs (not used): Galinski, Barlow, Gledhill.