Boston United beat Redditch 4-1 in the FA Trophy, but how did the players rate?
Sam Vince - 7 (out of 10)
After appearing in the FA Cup, Skrill North and county cup for United this calendar year, Vince made it a clean sweep in all competitions as he took his place between the posts for this FA Trophy contest. However, this was just the teenager’s second start for the club’s first team - but he equipped himself well, making three vital stops in the first half.
Liam Marrs - 7
The on-loan Sunderland ace continues to be a dependable figure at right back. Solid defensively and exciting to watch as he bombs down the wing.
Scott Garner - 8 STAR MAN
Prior to kick off, manager Dennis Greene confirmed that the Pilgrims are close to extending Garner’s loan spell until the end of the season. Given permission by Cambridge United to play suggests he really doesn’t feature in the U’s plan. But that is nothing but Boston’s gain as he proved with a decisive block just minutes into the match and saved a leveller after the break with a tremendous sliding clearance on the line.
Carl Piergianni - 7
One of the Pilgrims’ most potent threats. He saw one header fly over before he opened the scoring with another powerful effort. That was the centre back’s fourth of the season and his second on consecutive Saturdays. Then saw a third attempt rebound off the crossbar.
Rene Steer - 6
Not his best game for United. Did well in attack and defence but couldn’t always cope with the pace of Edwin Ahenkorah.
Ian Ross -
Ross was the brunt of plenty of jokes at Thursday’s Fans’ Forum, mostly due to his omission from the midweek starting line-up. His response with the microphone was as professional as it is on ther turf. He regained his starting place and set up Piergianni for his goal, also teeing up the same man with two further deadballs.
Conor Marshall - 6
Marshall returned to the heart of midfield and went about his ball-winning role with his usual aplomb. Looked set to create a strike at goal with his clever take down in the penalty area, but an outstretched Redditch boot denied him.
Jake Hall - 8
Jake Hall’s all-energy contribution to the Pilgrims cause was neatly summed up in the 48th minute. In one instance he left his marker for dead on the right flank and teed up Miller for a strike on goal with a clever cross. Seconds later, he was in his own penalty area, taking the ball off Edwin Anekhorah’s boot with a perfectly-timed challenge. Also netted his first Boston goal with a cool 20-yarder.
Weir-Daley - 6
Back in the starting XI and almost on the scoresheet. Weir-Daley looked certain to force Jake Hall’s long ball home until an acrobatic clearance from Leavi Oshungbure denied him. Also cleverly slipped in Ricky Miller for a first-half attempt on goal.
Ricky Miller - 8
A constant thorn in Redditch’s side and yet again the matchwinner - for the second time in a week. Two cool finishes made amends for some early wasted opportunities.
Marc Newsham - 6
Unfortunately for Newsham, he found keeper Hornby in top form. The Reds stopper did well to deny the forward from a close-range header and a strike along the ground. The Pilgrims forward remains on 97 club goals.
Stefan Galinski (for Marshall 66) - 6
Solid and dependable. Took on Marshall’s ball-winning role well when arriving from the bench.
Charley Sanders (for Weir-Daley 66) - 7
An instant impact. Sanders set up Miller’s matchwinner and also brought a save from Hornby.
Ben Milnes (for Ross 80) - 5
A late addition and not really given time to stamp out his authority on the game.
Not used: Netan Sansara, Indy Aujla.