Boston United 4 Solihull Moors 1: Miller treble ends Pilgrims’ jinx

Ricky Miller.
Ricky Miller.

Ricky Miller netted a hat-trick- one finish a contender for goal of the season - as Boston United finally ended their Solihull Moors jinx with a 4-1 victory.

After two draws and four defeats in their past six meetings, the Pilgrims got the better of their Skrill North promotion rivals... at last.

Ricky Miller.

Ricky Miller.

And they did so in style with three fine finishes from the in-form Miller - who has taken his tally to nine goals in four games, and two hat-tricks in three contests - and a clever diversion from Scott Garner.

Boston made five changes to the team which had lost 4-2 at Hednesford Town the previous Saturday.

Kyle Dixon, on loan from Notts County, made his debut, while Ryan Semple and Liam Agnew were handed their first home starts.

Liam Marrs, back from injury, and the previously suspended Garner and Rene Steer also returned to add steel to the defence.

Meanwhile, recent signings Jamie McGhee and Brad Gascoigne were named on the bench.

It was the Moors who started the brighter, and Pilgrims stopper Liam King had to be at his best to deny Ryan Beswick, Junior English and Omar Bogle in superb style.

Two goals in two minutes turned the game on its head as Boston suddenly opened up a comfortable lead.

With 38 minutes of the clock Garner stuck out a toe and cleverly deflected Semple’s driven cross beyond Jas Singh at his near post.

And that lead was doubled in controversial style.

With Moors defender Stuart Pierpoint laying injured in his own six yard box, United capitalised on referee Andrew Miller’s calls for play to continue.

Marc Newsham slipped in Miller, who made the most of the space around him before drilling an effort beyond Singh and into the net via the post.

The Solihull stopper did well to tip a Miller strike over before Bogle gave Moors hope deep into first-half injury time with a low left-footer.

At the interval a groin injury saw King replaced by Vince.

The young keeper did well to tip a speculative cross over his box early on, but Boston had the better of the opening exchanges.

After Singh was forced to save from Semple and a Carl Piergianni header was cleared off the line, Miller made it 3-1 with a contender for goal of the season.

From an acute angle he volleyed home a Marc Van Basten-esque volley which gave Singh no chance.

By now Solihull appeared to be going through the motions, while McGhee marked his debut with two dangerous efforts from distance.

The first fizzed wide and the second smashed the Solihull crossbar.

Deep into stoppage time Miller completed his hat-trick.

After being hauled down by English, he dusted himself down to blast beyond Singh.

Game well and truly over.

UNITED: King (Vince HT), Marrs, Steer, Marshall, Garner, Piergianni, Semple, Dixon, Miller, Newsham (Galinski 80), Agnew (McGhee 73); Subs (not used): Milnes, Gascoigne.

MOORS: Singh, Pierpoint (Denny 43), Gough, Fleet, Elvins, Langdon, English, Wint (Birch 69), Bogle, Beswick (Till 60), Knights; Subs (not used): Taylor, Dean.

Ref: Andrew Miller.

Att: 1,102.