Greene prepares to shuffle defence for ‘vital game’

Boston United v Oadby EMN-160410-100852002
Boston United v Oadby EMN-160410-100852002

Boston United boss Dennis Greene is preparing to shuffle his defensive options ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Worcester City.

With Joe Maguire suspended following his red card in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup defeat at the hands of Kettering Town, and Nat Brown still sidelined with a persistent thigh strain, Greene is pondering how to compensate for the duo’s absence.

Joe Burgess and Ollie Price are existing options within the United squad, but Greene has not ruled out dipping into the loan market to add further cover to his defensive ranks.

“It’s really disappointing to go out of the FA Cup and the sending off was a major factor in our exit,” mused Greene. “Now we lose Joe for next week, too.

“We have got to think about what we are going to do this week because the Worcester game is so vital to us now.”

The Pilgrims will also be without the services of Jason St Juste and Courtney Wildin who are on international duty with St Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda respectively.

The Worcester fixture (kick-off 3pm) affords United the opportunity to bounce back from their FA Cup exit at Kettering, who took full advantage of the decision to dismiss Maguire, which Greene labelled as ‘ridiculous’.

Greene told The Standard: “The one thing you do not want to do in the FA Cup is go down to 10 men and we said before the game that it’s not a league game where you can recover the following week.

“You cannot make those types of mistakes and we spoke about keeping 11 men on the pitch and what Joe Maguire was thinking of, I do not know.

“We had a covering player when he made the (second) challenge, which was a booking, but the one beforehand was not, so the referee should have realised that it should not have been a booking and let him off on the second one.”

United’s exit at Latimer Park on Saturday extinguished their hopes of reaching the first round proper – a feat last achieved as a non-league club in 1997.

n United’s opponents on Saturday, Worcester City are currently lying three places below the Pilgrims in the National League North.

While Boston are 12th on 14 points after 12 games, Worcester are two points further back on 12 points from the same number of games.

But Worcester are on a good run at the moment having won three of their last four league games and drawn the other.