United managers seek centre half to bolster defence

mikel celebrates
mikel celebrates

BOSTON United joint managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst are chasing the signature of a centre-half to bolster their injury-hit squad.

The Pilgrims bounced back from their New Year’s Day defeat at home to Gainsborough Trinity (see match report on Page 39) by twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Eastwood Town on bank holiday Monday.

Scott and Hurst were missing the services of Shaun Pearson (hamstring) at Eastwood, with Kieran Murphy rushed back into action following a foot injury to deputise.

With captain Lee Canoville also below 100 per cent fit, the United management pair are hoping to recruit a new defender ahead of Saturday’s trip to Gloucester City in Blue Square Bet North.

Scott told The Standard: “We will have a look around to see who is available. There is no doubt we need somebody to come on board and increase our options at the back.

“We have lost some defensive solidity over the last couple of games, but that becomes inevitable when you chop and change your defence.

“The players showed good character to come from behind twice against Eastwood, particularly with the second equaliser coming so late.”

With goalkeeper James McKeown having departed, former Hinckley United stopper Dan Haystead has been recruited and made his debut for the Pilgrims at Eastwood.

Peterborough United winger Nathan Koranteng has also rejoined the Pilgrims on loan for the remainder of the season and played 76 minutes of Monday’s draw at Coronation Park.

The incoming pair will be part of United’s travelling party on Saturday when they visit Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road stadium to face tenants Gloucester.

The Pilgrims are back in home action on Tuesday with a clash against Haystead’s previous employers Hinckley (kick-off 7.45pm).

United reserves are in Lincolnshire League action at The Jakemans Stadium on Saturday. Glen Maddison’s table-topping side entertain their Louth Town counterparts, kick-off 2pm.