Boston United 3 Norwich City 1: Emphatic win for Pilgrims in pre-season opener

Action from Boston Utd v Norwich City
Action from Boston Utd v Norwich City

Boston United romped to an impressive win in this pre-season curtain raiser against Championship side Norwich City.

The Pilgrims fielded completely changed line-ups in each half, but dominated throughout in this one-sided encounter.

The Canaries U-21 side included defender and former player of the year Sebastien Bassong.

The game saw first team debuts for new signings Jack Barlow, Dayle Southwell, Kaine Felix and Connor Smythe.

In a lively start to the encounter, The Pilgrims were soon on the front foot with a rasping cross from Zak Mills eluding the predatory strikers.

The Canaries threatened on the break when Carlton Morris fired just over the bar, but United came closest to breaking the deadlock when the dangerous Scott Garner headed Steer’s cross onto the post.

There was little respite for the beleaguered Canaries, as Southwell drove narrowly wide after a neat exchange of passes.

Boston keeper Sam Vince was called into action saving a free kick from Hall-Johnson.

It was the home side playing with real menace and there was no surprise when they took the lead in emphatic fashion on the half-hour mark. Southwell, marking his debut in style, with a superb angled drive into the corner of the net. It no less than The Pilgrims deserved after a spell of concerted pressure.

United doubled their lead when Canaries’ keeper Matthews goal kick was deflected into the path of Kaine Felix who netted with a first time volley.

Boston made it three just before the break with an clinical finish by Garner from Southwell’s through ball.

The Pilgrims started the second half with a completely new line-up, but continued to dominate.

Jamie McGhee went close with a shot that was parried by substitute keeper Killip, with Thompson firing just wide from the rebound. Sanders then forced a diving save from the city keeper after dispossessing Bassong.

Bassong’s afternoon then nearly got worse narrowly heading a cross over his own goal.

Boston continued to pile on the pressure and nearly made it four after Sanders played in Greene, his shot was beaten away by Killip with the follow up from McGhee blocked.

United were happy to sit on their lead as the half wore on and the Canaries grabbed a late consolation when Cameron King turned neatly in the box before slotting home.

UNITED: Vince, Mills, Steer, Dowie, Watson, Reynolds, Felix, Aujla, Garner, Southwell, Barlow, Grociak, Hewitt, Galinski, Piergianni, Smythe, Hodge, Marshall, Thompson, Greene, McGhee, Sanders.

CITY: Matthews, McFadden, Grant, Norman, Bassong, Awuah, Efete, Hall-Johnson, Morris, Coulson, Simpson, Cole, Killip, King, Fox, Kelly, Byrne-Hewitt.

Ref: Alistair Wilson