“It feels like a loss!” Piergianni reflects on Boston United’s 3-3 draw with Harrogate Town

Piergianni heads a clearance in the Harrogate contest.
Piergianni heads a clearance in the Harrogate contest.

Carl Piergianni admitted that Boston United’s 3-3 draw with Harrogate Town felt more like a defeat than a point gained.

A brace from Marc Newsham and a cool finish from Spencer Weir-Daley saw the Pilgrims take a 3-0 lead into the break during Saturday’s Skrill North clash.

But in a game of two halves, Simon Weaver’s side forced a stalemate following strikes from Liam Hardy, Dominic Rowe and Dayle Southwell.

“To be 3-0 up at half time at home and to end up drawing 3-3 feels like a loss to us really,” centre back Piergianni said.

“We’re thoroughly disappointed.

“It’s disappointing to concede another three goals. the whole team weren’t good enough second half.

“We coped well with a lot of the pressure, but we were inviting more pressure onto us by dropping deeper.

“They were knocking at the door and they were bound to score.”

The result sees United drop down a place to sixth in the standings.

However, Piergianni is confident that United can force their way back into the play-off spots if they can continue to show the form which saw them dominate the first half.

He added: “(The first-half performance was) one of the best, but that’s why we’re so down as a team, because we know how good we can be.

“That second half performance wasn’t anywhere near good enough.

“We can take positives from the first half, and that’s how we want to play all the time.”

Manager Dennis Greene gave his thoughts on the game, stating: “They made three subs, they gambled and put a lot of people forward.

“We gave them all the possession second half and we had to defend and we didn’t defend well enough.

“There were lots of indecisions and some poor goals conceded.

“We just didn’t show enough quality second half. When you’re 3-0 up you should be able to show more control, but we kept smashing it forward and giving it back to them.

“We showed some clinical finishing and good play in the first half, but in the second half it was just a shambles.”

Although disappointed with his side’s second-half showing, Greene did acknowledge the visitors for their tactics.

He added: “You have to give Harrogate some kind of credit. They’ve never given up and at half time they’ve been brave and made three subs.

“If they get an injury they’re down to 10 men, but they’ve been brave.”

Boston United will host Altrincham on Saturday (KO 3pm).