GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 1 BOSTON UNITED 1: Garner strikes early, but missed chances cost Pilgrims

Scott Garner.
Scott Garner.

For the second time in a week missed chances came back to haunt Boston United.

Despite Scott Garner putting the Pilgrims 1-0 up at Gainsborough Trinity within two minutes, a series of opportunities went begging, leaving the Blues to earn a point courtesy of Jake Picton’s drive.

Dayle Southwell just cannot seem to add to his 11 goals at present as, just like Saturday’s draw with Chorley, he saw a mixture of quality goalkeeping and narrow misses cost him.

Both teams named unchanged starting XIs following their weekend contests - Trinity beating Colwyn Bay 6-3 and the Pilgrims drawing 0-0 with Chorley.

But United needed just 102 seconds to open the scoring, Scott Garner controlling Kaine Felix’s low cross before drilling his strike beyond Jan Budtz from just inside the hosts’ penalty area.

As the Pilgrims looked to add to their tally Southwell saw a strike deflected wide and Zak Mills volleyed Greg Tempest’s cross over from 20 yards out.

At the other end, the Blues’ Paul Beesley looked an early threat - seeing a header and attempted lob land the wrong side of the crossbar but forcing Joel Dixon into a low save on a zipping surface.

Both sides continued to try their luck from distance, with Southwell and Ciaran Toner seeing efforts saved at opposite ends.

Southwell then forced another great save from Budtz, this time at his near post, after the striker controlled on his chest and fired goalwards.

And after Rene Steer jinked his way into the penalty area, the Trinity stopper was on hand to block yet again.

Carl Piergianni then powered a Mills throw in wide of the mark.

Southwell continued to be a thorn in the hosts’ side and when his effort on the spin finally beat Budtz he saw his strike rebound off the woodwork.

But Joel Dixon wasn’t to be outdone and pulled off a tremendous reaction stop to block Liam Davis’ close-range header on the stroke of half time.

After the break the two sides began sizing each other up once more, before Southwell again went close - this time his scissor kick being well held by the Blues stopper.

The hosts drew level in the 67th minute as Jake Picton’s powerful low strike from 25 yards out was diverted beyond the reach of Joel Dixon.

Trinity almost took the lead through Ciaran Toner’s slide, but as he beat Dixon his effort skipped inches wide of the far post.

Kyle Dixon still can’t gete that goal he craves.

And when Piergianni went on a fanatastic 70 yard run his through ball was slammed wide by the on-loan Notts County player.

TRINITY: Budtz, Roma, Davie, Binns, Quinn, Picton, Russell (Stamp 40), Toner, Beesley, Bateson (Roberts 59), Davis; Subs (not used): Salt, Lacey, Park.

UNITED: J. Dixon, Mills, Steer, K. Dixon, Garner, Piergianni, Marrs (Marshall 57), Tempest, Southwell, Jones, Felix (Thomas 57); Subs (not used): Newsham, Hollingsworth, Vince.

Ref: Gareth Mellor.