RICKY Drury became Boston United’s sixth goalkeeper of the season today (Saturday) as he was drafted in as a late replacement for Dan Haystead.
The stopper was helpless for two first-half strikes which saw Harrogate Town take a 2-0 lead at the interval.
But a brace from sub Spencer Weir-Daley saw Boston fight back to earn a draw.
“All of a sudden the gaffer told me I was in,” said Drury, who was given his first start as Haystead injured ankle ligaments during the warm up.
“It was a bit surreal being told I was playing at the last minute, your head’s just a mess - but the gaffers told me to focus and I hope I did that.”
Drury, who plays for the reserves in the Lincolnshire League, was told not to travel with the second string today in case of an injury to Haystead, who has played the last three matches with the injury.
However, Drury was happy to take his chance.
He said: “Hopefully, Dan will make a good recovery, but if the managers call on me again I’ll be happy to stand up for them.
“Playing for the reserves means this is always in the back of your mind, I was just happy to play for my home-town club.”
Adam Nowakowski and Richard Marshall both finished from close range as Boston struggled to find their form in the first half.
However, Weir-Daley earned a point, which keeps United second in the Blue Square Bet North, with a double.
His first was a superb strike from 20 yards after he had controlled Adam Boyes’ flick-on with his chest.
His second was a 94th-minute toe poke from close range after Ryan Semple’s burst down the wing teed him up.
James McKeown, Haystead, Aaron Butcher, Chris Adamson and Gary Montgomery have also made competitive appearances in goal this season.
Manager Rob Scott confirmed he had been on the lookout for a keeper in case of an injury to Haystead.
He said: “There aren’t many about at the moment.”
However, he praised 21-year-old Drury, stating he was not at fault for either Harrogate goal.