A White Christmas? Not for Boston United

Alan White.
Alan White.

HARROGATE Town have exacted their revenge on Boston United - by snapping up defender Alan White.

The 37-year-old defender was a no-show for the Pilgrims’ Blue Square Bet North defeat at Gusieley on Saturday.

And after the match, club officials announced White had opted to join league rivals Harrogate.

It seems that Town boss Simon Weaver has got his own back on United, who recently prised midfielder Ian Ross away from the Yorkshire club.

“We found out (on Friday) that Harrogate had put in seven days for Whitey,” said boss Lee Canoville, who still wished his former Boston and Notts County teammate well.

“We spoke to him and it’s nearer his home and they can probably offer him a little bit more (money) than we can.

“Obviously, it was a decision for him at the end of the day and he made the decision that he was going to sign there.

“He was available to play (at Guiseley) but when you have got a player that is not going to be with you in seven days time, we made the decision not to play him.”

White, who was the Pilgrims’ Player of the Year in the 2005-06 season, returned to Boston in August, ironically making his debut in the 2-0 win over Harrogate.

But the defender, who lives in Darlington, always stated his second spell at Boston was on a week-to-week basis, and that he struggled with the long-slog travelling from the north east. Harrogate’s announcement that they plan to go full time next season may also have turned White’s head, as the player recently told The Standard he was struggling to retain fitness at his age without regular training and physiotherapy.

Boston will not seek a replacement as they have Canoville, Kevin Austin and Tom Ward available to play in central defence, while Nathan Stainfield has been recalled from his loan spell at Hucknall.

At the other end of the pitch, United have snapped up Peterborough United’s 18-year-old striker Jacob Joyce on a month-long work experience spell.

Plus the club hopes to unveil a permanent signing in attack ahead of Boxing Day’s home clash against struggling Eastwood (KO 3pm), who have well-documented financial troubles.

“Against Eastwood we’re looking to take six points out of six, it’s a must,” Canoville added.

“We want to win at home and know they’ve got a few problems there.

“If we win at home we can then think about taking care of our New Year’s Day fixture against them.”