BOSTON UNITED 1 KING’S LYNN 1: Piergianni marks his return with a headed goal

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Carl Piergianni marked his return to Boston United with a trademark headed goal.

Two weeks ago the defender told The Standard he would be working hard on improving his goalscoring tally.

And after his belated return to the Pilgrims’ pre-season schedule, Piergianni kicked off in exactly the manner in which he hopes to continue.

However, the hosts had to settle for a draw at the Jakemans Stadium this afternoon after King’s Lynn Town’s Jack Frohawk levelled things up.

United welcomed Piergianni and Mark Jones back to the fold, but Dayle Southwell, Liam Marrs and Grant Roberts were rested after picking up knocks during the midweek draw at Rossington Main.

New signing Jay Rollins took his place in midfield while trialists Jack Smith, Matt Urwin and Julian Bennett were given their first tastes of action at York Street.

The contest began after an emotional minute’s silence for Leeanne Marshall, the mother of ex-Pilgrim Conor, who passed away last weekend following a lengthy illness.

Marshall was one of five ex-Pilgrims lining up for the Linnets, Sam Mulready, Kern Miller, Michael Clunan and Sam Gaughran the others.

And it was the Southern Premier League side who started the brighter of the two; Lee Stevenson forcing Urwin into a low save at his near post following a stinging angled drive and Mulready heading over after doing well to meet a difficult cross.

United’s first effort at goal came midway through the first half.

Kaine Felix’s pace saw him skip beyond Jordan Yong with causal ease before sending in a cross from the right byline which Jones could only force wide of the mark.

Jones had the ball in the net on the half-hour mark, only to be flagged offside.

A game of pinball in the Lynn box saw Piergianni’s header cleared off the line by Jackson Ramm before Jones scooped the ball home after Zak Mills’ follow-up rebounded off the crossbar, only for his celebrations to be cut short by Alistair Wilson’s whistle.

The Pilgrims looked certain to take the lead on the stroke of half time when Kyle Dixon’s left-footed strike from the edge of the penalty area took a telling defelection of Ramm and appeared to be curling inisde the post, only for Alex Street to pull of a fine full-stretch fingertip save to push the ball away from danger.

United substitute Jamie McGhee created the first flashpoint of the second half.

Controlling a deep cross on the left wing he cut inside and unleashed a dipping curler which looked set to nestle in the net.

But once again the Pilgrims met their match in Street, the keeper getting enough on the ball to divert it over his bar.

Piergianni put the Pilgrims in front 10 minutes after the re-start with a trademark headed goal.

After giving Gaughran the slip, the centre back met Dixon’s free kick and powered the ball into the top corner.

The Linnets were level in the 65th minute when Frohawk shrugged off the challenge of Bennett, stabbing beyond Urwin from the edge of the six-yard box.

The usual flurry of pre-season substitutes disrupted the second half, but both sides saw efforts flash wide of the mark.

United’s Dymon Labonne saw a cross almost catch Street out while Clunan was left holding his head in his hands after his free kick left replacement keeper Alex Brown stranded, but failed to hit the target.

Stevenson then drove a low effort at the Boston goal, but could only find the side netting.

And with full time approaching, Piergianni’s looping header at the back post landed the wrong side of the crossbar.

UNITED: Matt Urwin (Alex Brown 74), Jake Sheridan (Cameron Dear 48), Julian Bennett, Zak Mills (Kaine Felix 69), Scott Garner, Carl Piergianni, Kaine Felix (Dymon Labonne 66), Kyle Dixon, Jack Smith (Jamie McGhee 48), Mark Jones, Jay Rollins (Harry Limb 77).

LYNN: Alex Street (Luke Pearson 85), Jackson Ramm, Jordan Yong, Conor Marshall (Liam Fryatt 76), Sam Gaughran (Ryan Fryatt 64), Kern Miller, Michael Clunan, Liam Hurst (David Bridges 38), Sam Mulready (Jack Frohawk 64), Lee Stevenson, Jacek Zielonka.

Ref: Alistair Wilson.

Att: 356.