Watt we need! Stainfield welcomes new arrival to Boston United

Boston drew 1-1 at Workington.
Boston drew 1-1 at Workington.

Defender Nathan Stainfield has welcomed the arrival of Phil Watt to Boston United - admitting the club needs more options at the heart of defence.

Although Stainfield and Watt - along with Tom Ward - will be direct rivals for the central defensive roles, the Swineshead centre back believes strength in depth can only benefit the squad.

“Thats healthy,” Stainfield said when asked of Watt’s arrival from Grantham Town.

“Me and Tom need that.

“There has been a shortage (of personnel) in our area since Kern (Miller) departed.

“We’ve got two fantastic full backs in Jells (Gareth Jelleyman) and Silks (Gary Silk).

“They’re two solid players. Having someone a little more experienced can only benefit Tom and me.”

Kyle May’s stoppage time equaliser saw United miss out on all three points at Workington on Saturday, after Marc Newsham appeared to have tapped in a 47th-minute winner.

And it is the second time in consecutive matches that the Pilgrims have conceded at the death, following New Year’s Day’s 2-1 defeat at Corby Town.

Had United avoided those two late goals, they would have picked up four points instead of the solitary one in 2013.

That would have seen them sit in fifth spot in the Blue Square Bet North, instead of 11th where they currently reside.

But Stainfield doesn’t have time for what-might-have-beens.

Instead, he welcomes any move to improve the Pilgrims’ defence, which has now shipped 37 goals in 23 league matches.

He told The Standard: “The naivety is killing us.

“Like I say, you can’t keep doing this.

“It just feels as if I’ve dropped off as the season’s gone along.

“It (conceding late goals) definitely needs addressing.

“It’s been the story of the season and it’s soul destroying.”

Manager Graham Drury confirmed Watt played his last game for the Gingerbreads on Saturday.

He will be eligible for Tuesday’s home league contest against Harrogate Town (KO 7.45pm)