Two points dropped! Greene thinks what might have been after Boston United’s Stockport stalemate

Library image: Dennis Greene at York Street.
Library image: Dennis Greene at York Street.

Dennis Greene is viewing Boston United’s goalless draw against Stokport County as two points dropped.

Although the Pilgrims boss was full of praise for his side’s positive performance at York Street last night, he believes that his team created enough opportunities to win the match.

County keeper Ian Ormson was in top shot-stopping form, denying Marc Newsham on a number of occasions, including from the penalty spot.

And when Ormson was beaten, both Newsham and Ricky Miller saw efforts rebound off the woodwork.

At the other end, the Hatters’ Phil Jevons saw a strike rattle Sam Vince’s post and a speculative free kick from 35 yards out comfortably collected.

“’I’m really disappointed,” Greene admitted.

“On a difficult pitch we’ve done really well and it was pretty much end-to-end.

“But the difference between the two clubs was that Vinno didn’t have a shot to save and their keeper’s saved it on the line six or seven times.

“We’ve missed the penalty and had umpteen chances from a yard or two yards out and it hasn’t gone in.

“The only chance they had was the one that hit the post and rolled across the line.

“Including the penalty, you feel really unlucky not to have won 1-0 at least. I’m really proud of the lads, they gave everything on a tough pitch.”

The penalty kick was the third Newsham has seen saved this season, previously failing to convert against AFC Telford United and Worcester City.

Greene likened Newsham’s penalty - given for a trip on Miller - to the one which was saved at Telford in stoppage time earlier in the campaign.

“He hit the target, and if the keeper goes the other way it’s a good penalty,” Greene added.

“But with penalties you need to hit the corners. You put it a few yards to the keeper’s right and he’s got a good chance of saving it.”

Victory would have seen Boston move up to third in the Skrill North table.

However a point was enough for the Pilgrims to gain a place and finish the evening in fifth, with fellow play-off hopefuls Guiseley and Solihull both suffering defeats.

Greene added: “I’m no way disappointed with the performance. The effort was there again.

“It’s a point gained beacuase Guiseley and Solihull have both lost.

“As frustrated as I am, we haven’t lost at home and we’ve climbed a place in the table.”