SPENCER Weir-Daley marked his return to Boston United with a goal on Saturday - but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Pilgrims exiting the FA Trophy.
United were beaten 4-2 at Blue Square Bet South highflyers Dartford, who had their own talisman, forward Jacob Erskine, to thank for victory.
The burly frontman grabbed a hat-trick, while Lee Noble was also on target for the home side.
Leon Constantine grabbed Boston’s other goal.
“I was disappointed with the result and to go out of the Trophy in the manner we did,” said Weir-Daley, who was last season’s leading scorer, with 14.
“As far as the goals are concerned, I’m happy to be back and to be on the scoresheet again.
“We were well in the game, but we conceded poor goals at a time when we were more than holding our own, that’s frustrating.
“I’m happy to get off the mark as quick as possible and hopefully I can build on that.”
Erskine gave the Darts a fourth-minute lead with a cheeky backheel from close range, but United went in all square at the interval after Weir-Daley - who left AFC Telford last week - converted Tom Ward’s header.
After the re-start Erskine fired the Darts ahead from close range before Noble made it 3-1.
Boston gave themselves some hope when Leon Constantine grabbed his first goal for Boston, heading home Ward’s cross.
But Erskine had the final say, and collected the matchball, with a last-minute header, again from close range.
United player-boss Lee Canoville was left bemoaning sloppy defending.
He said: “We went a goal down early on in the game and it took us a while to get into the game.
“We got the goal and got back into it and felt quite confident at half time.
“But then we conceded two sloppy goals.
“Then it’s obviously tough to get back into the game at a place like Dartford.
“We had a go, but if you concede goals like we did then you’ve got no chance.”