Town v United: Lee and Lakin give their reactions

Alex Beck - in action for Boston United. The Town striker bagged the two goals that earned Town victory on Saturday.
Alex Beck - in action for Boston United. The Town striker bagged the two goals that earned Town victory on Saturday.

BOTH Boston managers have given their thoughts on Saturday’s town derby.

Alex Beck struck twice as Town beat United 2-0 at Tattershall Road in this pre-season friendly.

“We limited Boston (United) to three or four decent chances and that was it,” said a very happy Poachers boss Martyn Lakin.

“Chris Wright made one good save towards the end, but apart from that I can’t remember a great deal else on target.” Lakin also praised the defensive partnership of new signing Jack Smith and Michael Wood - saying he was ‘delighted’ with the pairing.

However, Wood will miss training tomorrow night after a rash tackle from United’s Tom Ward saw him taken off with an ankle injury.

Lakin, however, remained unconcerned, indicating Wood’s choice of kit was partly to blame for the knock.

He said: “He’ll be ok, we’ll just give him Tuesday off training.

“There was no malice in the challenge, it was just a fraction of a second late.

“We’ve got no grievances.

“He wears those tiny shinpads so it’s his own stupid fault.”

Lakin also singled out full backs Craig Parker and Shane Clancy after the Poachers kept a clean sheet.

“I hope Craig doesn’t play that well in games like this again, otherwise someone will nick him off us,” Lakin continued.

United boss Jason Lee was also in a positive frame of mind at full time, despite the scoreline.

He told The Standard: “It was a good test.

“They were strong opponents, fit and hungry.

“It was a derby, but the sort of game we needed to give the boys a tough 90 minutes.

“There were a few strong strong challenges in there, which lets you know it’s more than a friendly.

“But I’m pleased with that.

“I’m not happy with the result but we played well in patches.”

Lee also saved special praise for midfielder Danny Sleath.

He added: “He did exactly what was asked of him.

“He has a good engine and there is more to come.

“He was unlucky not to score.”