Blame us not the bosses, says Boston United’s Stainfield after Horror-gate

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NATHAN Stainfield says the Boston United players should take full responsibility for Saturday’s dismal defeat against Harrogate Town.

Pilgrims old boy Alan White and Adam Nowakowski struck to hand the visitors the points against an off-colour Boston.

But defender Stainfield believes it was a poor United performance that played into the visitors’ hands.

He said: “I’m bitterly disappointed and I think I speak for everyone in the changing room when I say that.

“We just didn’t get going and I think we came down to their level and just booted it around.

“To be honest I can’t really think of any (chances we made) off the top of my head.

“It was a scrappy game and one that just frustrates us.

“In the last few weeks we’ve been playing good football.”

White powered home a loose ball, after United failed to clear a free kick, three minutes before the interval.

The second, a Nowakowski header, came in the 62nd minute.

With managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville’s contracts coming to an end this summer, they will be keen for an improvement in results as they bid to stay at York Street for the next campaign.

And they were given the full backing of Stainfield, who says Saturday’s loss was all down to those on the pitch.

He added: “In training we play quick, slick passing football and I thought we would be reflecting that.

“We just humped it long. We got it wrong.

“The managers want to win every game and we need to show we can match the best in this league.

“That result has nothing to do with the managers, that was us.

“It was poor from our point of view.”

Boston began the day without regular midfielders Danny Sleath and Ian Ross, replaced by Canoville and Josh Burge.

Sleath was injured and Ross – a mid-season arrival from Harrogate – could not play due to a stipulation made when he was released from his contract.

White, who moved in the opposite direction, was given the nod as he was on a non-contract deal at the Jakemans Stadium.

United’s day got off to the worst possible start, as centre back Kevin Austin was injured in the fifth minute after a head clash saw him leave the field with a swollen face, replaced by Tom Ward.

And in a game of few opportunities, United carved out little more than a wayward header from Spencer Weir-Daley.

Meanwhile, Paul Bolland should have done better for the visitors, failing to find the unguarded net after a sliced clearance from stand-in Boston keeper Ricky Drury.

Lee described the day’s ‘one positive’ as the Blue Square Bet North debut of 17-year-old James Reed, who put in an impressive and lively shift after replacing Canoville.