Gloucester City 1 Boston United 0: It’s six of the worst from the Pilgrims

Jason Lee (centre) hopes United can turn things around.
Jason Lee (centre) hopes United can turn things around.

Jason Lee backed his Boston United strikers to rediscover their goalscoring touch following the Pilgrims’ 1-0 defeat at Gloucester City.

Steve Davies headed home a 60th-minute winner for the Tigers as the visitors’ woeful run without a victory stretched to six contests, the past three matches all being defeats.

But a rarity from the clash was that the Pilgrims failed to find the net.

For only the second time this season – from a total of 25 matches – United failed to score.

“Going forward hasn’t been something we’ve been concerned with,” said Lee after the final whistle.

“We believe we’ve got people who can score goals.”

The previous time Boston didn’t find the net was when they lost by the same scoreline at Bishop’s Stortford, back in August.

“It was very frustrating and very disappointing,” Lee added.

“They got a goal in front and still didn’t have many chances after that.

“But when they scored, they became more dogged and harder to break down.

“We weren’t able to pick their pockets.”

Dan Haystead returned between the sticks, with fellow keepewr Ricky Drury unavailable due to work commitments.

Meanwhile, teenage defender Jack Andrews – on loan from Nottingham Forest – made his first start in senior football, and got the thumbs up from Lee.

“I thought he did ok.

“It’s his first game at this level and he was tidy.

“He should be pleased with his first outing.”

Nathan Stainfield’s header and Mark Jones’ strike failed to hit the target as Boston bossed the first half but couldn’t make their advantages pay off.

And that came back to haunt the Pilgrims as Davies forced home Adam Mann’s cross.

The Pilgrims rallied, but they couldn’t find the goal to pull level.

GLOUCESTER: M. Green, M. Green, Coupe, Hamblin, Holland (Davies 46), Mann, Goddard, Webb, Harris, Edwards, Morford; Subs (not used): Mustoe, Parker, Mace.

UNITED: Haystead, Marshall, Stainfield, Jelleyman, Andrews, Milnes, Ross, Fairclough (Smith 70), Newsham, Jones (Ward 82), Weir-Daley; Subs (not used): Sanders, Silk, Reed.

Att: 187.

Ref: Mark Pottage