Boston United 6 Gainsborough Trinity 0: Newsham grabs a hat-trick

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

Boston United were in derby dreamland after thumping Lincolnshire rivals Gainsborough Trinity 6-0.

A hat-trick from Marc Newsham, plus strikes from Ricky Miller, Ryan Semple and Scott Garner proved the difference for Dennis Greene’s side.

And it was a first-half blitz which left the contest all but won within 35 minutes, as the Blues were left bamboozled by the high-tempo of United’s slick attack.

As wave after wave of amber attacks pushed on, the hosts went in for their half-time team talk 4-0 up, and deservedly so.

Club officials had been working away on the two boggy goalmouths from 9am in a bid to get the contest played.

But even their hard work - and enough sand to warrant charging for donkey rides - wasn’t enough to ensure the contest would definitely go ahead, referee Simon Barrow finally accepting the pitch was playable following a 1.30pm inspection, the third of the day.

But the Pilgrims will have no complaints.

Boston drew first blood through Marc Newsham in the eighth minute.

Conor Marshall - switched to right back following an injury to Liam Marrs - chipped a speculative ball over the Trinity defence down the right flank, which saw Ryan Semple burst into the box.

The winger charged to the byline and cut back a low cross which Newsham, who had already hit the side netting from a tight angle, reacted to first, nutmegging Phil Barnes at his near post.

Newsham doubled the Pilgrims’ advantage with 20 minutes on the clock.

Sam Vince’s route one clearance was totally misjudged by Michael Leary, allowing the striker a clear run at goal before he drilled home a low strike, again through the legs of Barnes.

Callum Howe’s trip on Jamie McGhee, making his first start for United, allowed Ricky Miller the chance to make it 3-0 from the penalty spot.

Miller, who had been named the Skrill North’s Player of the Month earlier in the day made no mistake as he blasted his effort down the middle of the goal, his strike being the Pilgrims’ 300th goal against the Blues in 144 competitive matches.

With just 29 minutes on the clock it appeared to be game over.

But even more was to come five minutes later as Semple’s drilled free kick took enough of a nick off the wall to divert past the helpless Barnes.

The Gainsborough keeper did well to deny Miller with a firm-handed save at his near post while Trinity finished the first half with just two efforts of note - Bradley Barraclough’s effort well held by Vince and Caine Winfarrah’s strike flying well off target.

Ater the interval Miller and McGhee both tried their luck, and both dragged their efforts wide.

Liam Agnew then shot from 25 yards, but the strike flew off his laces and whizzed narrowly wide.

In another rare foray forward from the visitors sub Jamie Wootton created space to shoot but drilled his effort wide of Vince’s near post.

But it was Boston who struck again in the 75th minute.

Marshall’s strike rebounded off the crossbar before Miller reacted first, squaring the ball for the central defender to blaze home from close range.

And with four minutes left, Newsham completed his first league hat-trick for the Pilgrims with a powerful low strike.

Derby delight.

UNITED: Vince, Marshall, Steer, McGhee, Garner, Piergianni, Semple (Ross 67), Dixon, Miller (Fairclough 80), Newsham, Agnew (Ross 79); Subs (not used): Galinski, King.

TRINITY: Barnes, Roma, Lacey, Leary, Howe, McKenzie, Russell, Toner, Taylor (Wootton HT) Barraclough, Winfarrah (Stamp HT); Subs (not used): Burbeary, Martin, Karkach.

Ref: Simon Barrow.

Att: 1,255.