How did I not score? Boston United’s Sleath toasts victory but rues missed chances

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BOSTON United may have earned a 2-0 win over Gloucester City on Saturday, but Danny Sleath was left ‘pulling his hair out’ after failing to find the net.

The midfielder brought the game to life with a strike midway through the first half which looked destined for the City net, only to rebound out after smashing against the inside of the post.

He then saw further chances go begging – two blocked on the goal-line and a strike which he dragged wide of the target.

“I’m pulling my hairout to be honest,” said Sleath.

“I had a hat-full of chances. I had that strike that hit the post and then some sitters where I could have at least tested the keeper.

“It’s so frustrating but I’ll keep getting in those postions and it’ll come.

“I started off with the strike and thought ‘I’m going to get one here’ and it just wouldn’t go for me.

“But we got the three points so I’m happy.”

Ben Fairclough and Tom Ward got the all-important goals for the Pilgrims.

Fairclough opened the scoring with a 32nd-minute strike which found its way through a crowded penalty area.

Ward doubled the advantage after the break, heading home Ian Ross’ corner.

“Gloucester very hard team to play against,” said Sleath.

“They’re dogged and a tough team home and away.

“To get three points off them is a good result.”

Gloucester had substitute Scott Wilson red-carded late on following a wild lunge which injured Nathan Stainfield.

However, Boston boss Lee Canoville was in high spirits.

He said: “It was very pleasing, all aspects of the game that needed to be done were done.

“We worked very hard and had some very good individual performances as well.

“When we were up against it we stuck together as a team.

“We put a challenge to the lads, after a 4-0 win, some people thought it could be a foregone conclusion we’d win today, but we still had a lot of work to do.

“And let’s be honest, it could have been more than 2-0.”