Boston United 2 Leeds United 1: Newsham marks his return with a goal

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

Boston United kept up their 100 per cent pre-season record with a 2-1 victory over a youthful Leeds United XI.

Marc Newsham handed the Pilgrims the lead, with trialist Billy Bennett grabbing victory at the death.

The young Leeds under 21s side began well and Nathan Turner saw an early effort fly over the Pilgrims’ crossbar.

However, it was United who took a 12th-minute lead.

Newsham, back from Russia where he was representing Great Britain in the World University Games, beat Eric Grimes with a low strike, after latching on to Ben Fairclough’s through ball.

But that lead only lasted nine minutes.

Lewis Cook pulled the Whites level with a volley after ghosting into the penalty area.

United keeper Ashley Timms was given little chance as he was wrong-footed when the striker’s effort was sliced, bouncing on the ground and looping into the net.

Having pulled level, Leeds almost edged in front when Lewis Walters outmuscled Scott Garner.

However, his lob beat Timms but rattled the crossbar before being cleared.

Leeds continuted to pepper the Pilgrims’ goal with efforts, although Charlie Taylor, Walters and Luke Parkin couldn’t find the target.

But when Alex Mowatt’s curling effort looked destined for the net, Timms pulled off an acrobatic stop, fingertipping the ball wide of the post.

However, that was Timms’ last action as he was one of six players withdrawn at the interval.

Sam Vince, Spencer Weir-Daley, Carl Piergianni, James Reed, Jordan Nuttell and trialist Bennett were all introduced, with Netan Sansara, Timms, Stefan Galinski, Ian Ross and Charley Sanders handed a breather.

But with Sansara coming off, the Pilgrims ended up with striker Ricky Miller at left back.

Walters almost got his name on the scoresheet after his effort was defelcted off Conor Marshall, but as the ball trickled goalwards a combination of a grounded Vince and the post averted danger.

Leeds substitute Chris Dawson then tried his luck from a free kick.

But he couldn’t emulate his team boss Neil Redfearn, a dead ball specialist, and saw his effort fly well over.

A rare Boston chance fell to Newsham, but the forward couldn’t direct his header of target.

Defender Scott Garner then went closer, beating Grimes in the air but seeing his effort screw just wide.

And then again Newsham was guilty of not finding the target, an 18-yard strike flying into the York Street stand.

Miller showed some skills in defence to block Afolabi Coker’s drive which, with the pace taken off the ball, was simply collected by Vince.

And then, with two minutes left, Bennett settled it, beating Grimes with a low curler from 15 yards out.

UNITED: Timms (Vince HT), Marshall, Sansara (Weir-Daley HT), Mills (Milnes 62), Garner, Galinski (Piergianni HT), Ross (Reed HT), Sanders (Nuttell HT), Miller, Newsham, Fairclough (Bennett HT).

LEEDS: Grimes, Coyle (Tiesse 72), Taylor, Lenighan, Killock, L. Turner, N. Turner, Parkin (Denton 60), Walters, Cook (Coker 60), Mowatt (Dawson 60); Subs (not used): Denton, Stokes, Purver, Dixon.