Greene loves it when a plan comes together! Training ground routine is silver lining as Boston United snatched a point at Salford

Jay Rollins.
Jay Rollins.

Dennis Greene admitted there was a feeling of satisfaction after a training-ground routine snatched his side a point at Salford City on Saturday.

The Pilgrims saw two leads slip as they trailed 3-2 at Moor Lane with 10 minutes to go.

But a well-worked free kick routine saw Jason St Juste flick the ball to Liam Agnew, the captain shaping up to cross a deep ball into the packed penalty area before rolling a straight pass into the run of Waide Fairhurst.

The substitute’s initial strike smashed against the inside of Jay Lynch’s post, but Marcus Marshall’s follow-up was flicked over the line by Gregg Smith to send the away fans wild.

“It’s a training ground routine that’s got us back in it, so we’re well pleased with that,” Greene said after seeing his side earn their stalemate against the club part-owned by Manchester United’s Class of ‘92 members Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, as well as billionnaire Peter Lim.

“Any coach or manager will tell you that if a set-piece gets you a goal you’re really happy with that.

“We’ve done well to be patint and execute it and I’m really pleased with that.”

Despite this silver lining, Greene said there was still a cloud looming above his head after twice seeing a lead let go.

“I would have been happy with a point before the game,” he lamented.

“After the game no, because I think we’ve set up in a 5-4-1 to counter attack and set little traps.

“At half time we looked comfortable and they hadn’t really threatened us from open play.

“Then they got two goals in quick succession from nothing. It was just five minutes of really poor defending and I couldn’t see how we goy ourselves 3-2 down, it was scrappy little things.”

United took a 10th-minute lead through Richie Allen’s own goal.

Lewis Hilliard’s quick free kick was nodded back across the goal by Smith, where the City defender headed into his own net despite being under little pressure.

Five minutes later and the scores were level again, Michael Nottingham getting the final touch from close range after Boston failed to clear a corner.

Jay Rollins’ fifth goal of the season saw the Pilgrims regain the lead in the 36th minute.

After beating the offside trap, the attacker showed quick feet to round Nottingham and fire a low drive into the far corner.

But two goals in six minutes saw the hosts in front for the first time.

James Poole showed skill and balance to glide through the away defence, which saw winger Marcus Marshall flanked by Joe Maguire and Joe Robinson in an experimental back three, before firing home a left-footed drive.

And with 73 minutes on the clock, John Johnston looked to seal a miserable away day when his tight-angled effort deflected off St Juste, passed through the legs of Smith and beat the wrong-footed Dion-Curtis Henry, who had previously pulled off a teriffic one-on-one save to deny Allen.

But Smith had the final say, flicking home the day’s final equaliser to join Rollins on top of the scoring charts.