BOSTON UNITED 4 NOTTINGHAM FOREST U21s 1: Thirty-eight second Jones strike sets the tone for Pilgrims victory

Mark Jones.
Mark Jones.

Boston United earned a 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest’s youngsters this evening.

The Pilgrims continued their unbeaten pre-season campaign with a solid display against the Championship side’s under 21s squad.

The Garibaldi Reds were not at full strength, striker Tyler Walker - the son of club legend Des, who featured in last season’s 4-0 success at the Jakemans Stadium - was among those given the evening off.

But nonetheless, it was the team in amber who had the better of the contest... and their ever-improving attacking abilities left manager Dennis Greene impressed.

The Pilgrims’ starting XI included Peterborough United forward Jack Friend - playing with an eye on a loan deal - and trialist Jack Deacey, formerly of Telford and Bradford Park Avenue.

Matt Urwin once again took his place between the sticks looking to impress.

It took just 38 seconds for United to open the scoring, Mark Jones looping his effort over Tim Erlandsson after meeting Kaine Felix’s low cross from the right wing.

Felix doubled the advantage in the 17th minute as he cut inside from the opposite wing and slotted home from close range.

And it was three with 21 minutes on the clock as captain Scott Garner - who seems to have an ability to hit a rich scoring form during pre-season - headed home Zak Mills’ long thow.

In between those goals the young Forest side saw Josh Rees miscue an effort over the bar from 10 yards out after latching onto a low cross and Luke Thomas’ piledriver whizzed across the face of goal.

At the other end Erlandsson had to correct himself to beat away Kyle Dixon’s swerving effort.

Boston made inroads after the re-start, but Jones’ acrobatic finish was wide of the mark and Ross Durrant got down well to save Friend’s strike, after he outpaced the Forest backline.

But the away side pulled one back in the 62nd minute as Jack Kelly converted Jorge Grant’s delivery.

Mills then got his name on the scoresheet to restore United’s three-goal advantage.

Meeting Garner’s knock down, he slammed home from close range with his left foot.

Thomas thought he had netted Forest’s second of the night when his low strike beat Urwin, but Carl Piergianni was on hand to clear off the goalline.

UNITED (from): Urwin, Mills, Marrs, Dixon, Garner, Piergianni, Felix, Deacey, Friend, Jones, McGhee; Vince, Sheridan, Bennett, Smith, Saebe.

FOREST (from): Erlandsson, Burns, Kelly, Worrall, Karo, Rees, Thomas, Cash, Walton, Grant, Austin, Petravicius, Durrant, Crookes, Iacovitti, Re, Todorov, Yates.

Ref: Alistair Wilson.

Att: 394.