We were ‘terrible’! Boston United captain Gareth Jelleyman says first-half showing at Tadcaster was not good enough

Ben Milnes tussles at Tadcaster.
Ben Milnes tussles at Tadcaster.

BOSTON United overcame a ‘terrible’ first half to beat Tadcaster Albion in the FA Cup.

That was the opinion of captain Gareth Jelleyman, following Saturday’s match.

Mark Jones prodded home from close range after 47 minutes.

Marc Newsham doubled the advantage with a 60th-minute penalty, after Jones was upended by keeper Scott Pallister.

“In the end it wasn’t too bad. But in the first half we were terrible,” said Jelleyman.

“They dealt with the conditions a lot better than us.

“It was a real boggy pitch and they put us under a lot of pressure.

“We were trying to get it down and play the perfect ball.”

However, a tactical switch at the break changed things to United’s advantage.

“In the second half we did what they were doing,” Jelleyman added.

“We shuffled in behind them and put them under pressure.

“We were a bit fortunate with the first goal but we knew it’d come in the end.

“Eventually, it was pretty comfortable for us.

“The goal settled nerves. The longer it went on the more they thought they could get a result.

“We were doing the wrong things and trying to play too well.

“This side’s due a cup run and it helps when you play the conditions right.”

Assistant boss Graham Hyde was in good mood following the victory.

However, he was quick to praise the hosts.

He added: “All credit to Tadcaster, they gave a very good account of themselves.

“We were lucky not to go in a goal behind at thalf time.

“There were a few choice words in there at half time. We dusted ourselves down and bossed the second half.

“We’re a good passing side but Tadcaster came out and closed us down early.

“The pitch was difficult to play on and to get the ball out of our half we needed a longer better ball and we weren’t able to do that in the first half.

“They had some great chances and we rode our luck.

“But we re-adjusted and the early goal settled us a little bit in the second half.

“Tadcaster kept going but the second goal killed the game.

“But defensively, as a team, we had to be on the ball all game.”