Duncan Browne takes a look at today’s Vanarama North contest at the Horsfall Stadium...
MATCH RESULT: Bradford Park Avenue 1 (Priestley 28) Boston United 3 (Dayle Southwell 61 (pen), 69, Mills 67)
WHAT WE EXPECTED: The Horsfall Stadium is home to one of the Pilgrims’ greatest days in recent history - the 2010 UniBond Premier play-off final, which they won 2-1. But in regular league action United have struggled at Bradford Park Avenue. In their four other visits to Cemetery Road, Boston have earned three draws and a defeat. And that defeat - when Marc Newsham saw a penalty saved with the last kick of the game - could easily have also been a stalemeate. With both sides gunning for glory this season, another point apiece wouldn’t bee too unrealistic.
WHAT WE GOT: An end-to-end thriller in the rain. It could quite easily have finished 4-4, but superb and desperate defending from both teams kept the scores a little lower. United got their act together in the second half and were worthy winners.
MAGIC MOMENT: So many to pick from. Southwell’s second deserves a thumbs up, but Rene Steer’s amazing double goalline block turned the tide in Boston’s favour.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Boston’s back four were in fantastic form, but right back Zak Mills perhaps gets the nod for his willingness to attack, even getting on the scoresheet.
GOAL OF THE GAME: The away side had just taken the lead when Dayle Southwell stopped, turned and twisted beyond Ryan Qualter before drilling low and beyond John Lamb. A great goal.
ONE TO WATCH: Park Avenue’s Paul Walker made things happen. His dead ball deliveries kept United on their toes.
REF WATCH: Neil Sharp was today’s man in black. He took the safety first approach in the opening stages when United had a big shout for apenalty turned down, but didn’t hesitate when David Fallah was upended. Overall, a fairly steady showing.
RATINGS: Gledhill 6, Mills 8, Steer 8, Marrs 7, Garner 8, Piergianni 8, Fallah 8, Marshall 7, Southwell 8, Felix 7 (Hollingsworth 72, 6), Meadows 7(Galinski 76, 6); Subs (not used): Vince, Barlow, Doran.