“I don’t think out teams ever give up!” Greene hails Boston United’s fighting spirit

Conor Marshall slides in.
Conor Marshall slides in.

Never Greene believes that a never-say-die attitude could be the difference between success and failure for Boston United this season.

With 89 minutes gone, the Pilgrims trailed 4-2 at Barrow on Saturday and it seemed defeat was only a referee’s whistle away.

But United refused to give up and Ricky Miller completed his hat-trick with a late brace which stunned the Bluebirds.

“Football’s a funny old game,” said Greene, who conceded that even he felt the match had been lost.

However, the manager was also quick to praise the belief his squad took onto the turf.

He added: “I don’t think our teams ever give up. But when you’re two worse off on 90 minutes you don’t always think you can get back.

“We just gambled everything. It feels like a win.”

Miller marked his 50th appearance in style by handing United an eighth-minute lead.

Collecting Jamie McGhee’s clever through ball he took one touch before slotting beyond Tony McMillan.

But despite Boston’s stunning start, it was the hosts who created the better opportunities throughout the opening 45 minutes.

Keeper Lewis King was called upon to deny Tom Corner and Gareth Arnison, but it was Barrow’s Boston-born defender Duran Reynolds who made the most of sloppy marking to head the home side level on 22 minutes.

And on the stroke of half time, the Bluebirds edged in front as Arnison powered home a low angled drive.

After the break Arnison reacted first to prod Barrow further in front, before Pilgrims sub Ben Milnes pulled off something special.

Twenty yards from goal he struck a 20-yard left-footer high into McMillan’s net to give United some hope.

That hope appeared to be all-but-gone with 10 minutes remaining when Barrow’s Niall Cowperthwaite burst into the box and smashed a drive beyond the helpless King.

However, Miller had other ideas.

In the 90th minute he latched on to Spencer Weir-Daley’ pass and smashed home from close range.

And there was more to come in stoppage time when Miller was upended by Paul Edwards.

Barrow’s defenders thought Milnes had handled in the build-up and as they remonstrated United played on, with Miller being tripped.

It was a harsh lesson in playing to the whistle which Barrow learned the hard way, but Miller didn’t care one bit as he rifled home his spot kick to complete his third hat-trick of the season.