Ricky Miller hit his fourth goal of pre-season - but Boston United went down 2-1 at Grantham Town.
Boston’s XI - a mixture of first teamers, youngsters and trialists - started brightly, with Billy Bennett hitting Dan Haystead’s side netting and Miller firing a free kick over.
But it was the Gingerbreads who opened the scoring on 17 minutes with Paulo Pillerio beating Sam Vince with a tremendous 25-yard strike.
And it should have been 2-0 when burly target man Greg Smith latched on to a loose ball six yards out, but somehow the former Stamford and Holbeach man blazed over the bar.
the Pilgrims included three trialists in their line-up.
Joining Bennett were ex-Lincoln City defender Elliott Green and and Indi Aujila, who had a spell with Hinckley United.
On the stroke of half time, Miller should have pulled the Pilgrims level.
He did the hard work to shrug off Lee Ridley, but smashed his strike at Haystead’s legs.
Nine minutes into the second half Aujila put a free kick over the Gingerbreads bar, while Nathan Watson skied a free header at the other end.
Then, in the 55th minute, Miller pulled the Pilgrims level.
This time he made no mistake as he stole a yard and casually slotted beyond Haystead.
Young Pilgrims stopper Vince pulled off a superb full-stretch save to deny a looping header from Massiah McDonald - who came within a whisker of joining United last season - but his efforts were in vain as the offside flag was raised.
Vince then did well to scoop up Watson’s low strike.
However, Pillerio grabbed his second of the night with 13 minutes remaining, heading home from close range.
There was still time for Vince to pull off another good stop, denying Kallum Smith, while Haystead also stood firm to tip Charley Sanders’ strike off target.
United: Sam Vince, Grant Butler, Elliott Green (Aaron Eyett 57), Scott Garner (Ollie Price 64), Niall Delahoy (Louis Saebe 75), Billy Bennett (Leon Squire 82), Kieron Elliott, Indi Aujla (Jacob Pease 82), Jordan Nuttell, Charley Sanders, Ricky Miller (Ngoni Dongo 66); Subs (not used): Subs (not used): Andy Hewitt.
Grantham (from): Dan Haystead, Kallum Keane, Lee Ridley, Deon Meikle, Paul Lister, Emeka Nwadike, Michael Towey, Paulo Pillerio, Massiah Macdonald, Greg Smith, Jamie McGhee, Sam Purcicoe, Adie Hawes, Karl Demidh, Kallum Smith, Rhys Lewis, Nathan Watson, Lewis Chambers, Romaine Graham, Jake Turner.