A case for the defence! Boss Lee backs young back line following Boston United’s horror show at Worcester

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JASON Lee believes Saturday’s 3-0 drubbing at Worcester City will only make his young defence stronger.

Central defenders Tom Ward, 21, Nathan Stainfield, 23, and right back Conor Marshall, 18, have been earning the plaudits alongside captain Gareth Jelleyman as the Pilgrims kept two clean sheets in their previous matches.

But despite things unravelling in the weekend’s Blue Sqaure Bet North match at St George’s Lane, boss Lee is refusing to hit the panic button.

“We won’t make wholesale changes, you only do that when people aren’t doing what you ask of them or aren’t performing,” he said.

“We’ve got a young back four and we want to let them grow.

“They’re now getting games and having a run. You won’t get a top performance week-in and week-out.

“But if you can make them more consistent, and they’re learning from their mistakes, then it’s a good experience for them.”

Rob Elvins and Matt Birley converted from close range as Worcester earned a comfortable half-time lead before Tom Thorley’s penalty, awarded after a foul on Michael Taylor by Stainfield, put the game out of reach.

“We came here wanting the clean sheet and another win, but we’ve seen what it’s all about,” added Lee.

“It’s a learning curve. We’ve still got a lot of promise in defence, but they’re learning on the job.

“Playing against experienced players is where they’ll improve.

“The boys are fully aware of what they needed to do. They were pumped up and wanting to do well, but we conceded a sloppy goal and went on the back foot.”

Tyrone Kirk was granted a rare start in attack for Boston.

He put in a cross for Ben Fairclough in the opening exchanges, but a fine point-blank save from Matt Sargeant prevented United from taking the lead.

“We started well and we had a few chances. I put a cross in for Ben’s header and, to be fair, their keeper’s made a great save,” Kirk said.

“If that had gone in the game would have been different.

“Their first goal was a debatable free kick but it’s gone all the way through and that’s put them on the high and us on the back foot.

“We pretty much bossed the first half, it didn’t feel like a 3-0 game.

“We’ll move on now, we can’t mope or sulk. We have turned a corner as a team and we won’t sulk or else we’ll go flat. When they come to our place we’ve got to make sure we do them like they’ve done us.”