“I was onside!” Newsham believes flag cost Boston United a draw at Solihull Moors

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

Marc Newsham believes Boston United were robbed of a point at Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Paul Mayo’s first-half own goal condemned the Pilgrims to their third straight 1-0 defeat at Damson Park.

However, Newsham believes he had a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside.

In the second half, the leading scorer chested down Ian Ross’ clever pass before firing high into Jas Singh’s goal.

It would have been his 26th strike of the season, but a raised flag ruled it out.

Newsham said: “I thought I was onside.

“I thought I timed it pretty well.

“Rossy put a good ball in but the linesman’s given offside.”

Once again, Boston were thwarted throughout the afternoon by Moors stopper Singh, who has kept four clean sheets in his last six matches against the Pilgrims.

Yet to be defeated by Boston, the stopper has also played his part in 1-1 and 2-2 draws over the past three campaigns.

Prior to kick off, Boston boss Graham Drury said he believed he had seen a weakness in the keeper.

However, he once again performed well against United, pulling off a fine double save to deny Newsham and Nathan Stainfield, also tipping Anton Foster’s 20-yard cracker wide.

Newsham added: “We had a couple of other chances, but they pulled some good saves off.

“We kept knocking on the door but it wasn’t opening.

“That’s the third season on the spin I’ve lost 1-0 here. It’s not a happy ground for me or the club.

“I think we edged the first half but we were unlucky with the own goal.”

Another man who felt United were out of luck was Drury.

He said: “Deep down I’m not looking for excuses, but nothing seems to be going for me at the minute.

“The own goal is unfortunate, but you don’t expect to go in 1-0 down on 48 minutes after the way we played.

“I thought we were the better side. We created the better chances.

“We’ve perhaps not taken chances when we were on top of the game. We find ourselves a goal down and suddenly start panicking when we’re on the ball.

“Newsh is adamant he was onside for the goal. The linesman’s possibly followed the flight of the ball and not watched the line when the run is made, but we’re looking like things have gone against us.”

Drury gave Singh the thumbs up for a great performance, but he also found time to praise Dan Haystead who made some fine stops at the other end to keep Boston in the game.

He added: “Jas Singh made some good saves, but I’ve got to give full credit to my keeper, he made some good saves for me today.

“It’s just not going at the moment.

“If we’d have gone in front we’d have won the game today.”