Boston United’s pre-season friendlies came to an end in forgettable fashion - following a 4-0 thrashing at King’s Lynn Town.
From start to finish, the hosts looked a class above Boston, who arguably had the majority of their favoured XI starting.
Ok, leading scorer Marc Newsham and keeper Ashley Timms began on the bench, while Carl Piergianni was rested after picking up a knock.
But stopper Sam Vince deputised well, and were it not for him then the scoreline would have been a lot worse.
And Spencer Weir-Daley and James Reed are hardly poor replacements either.
To be frank, the difference was that King’s Lynn looked up for it while the Pilgrims appeared to be going through the motions.
Shane Tolley had a great chance to put the Linnets in front with less than three minutes on the clock,
But as he connected with Ryan Clarke’s cross he forced his header beyond Vince’s far post.
However, Lynn did take a seventh-minute lead through Jordan Yong’s moment of brilliance.
The left back blasted a half volley beyond the young United keeper from the edge of the penalty area.
And moments later it could have been worse for the Pilgrims.
Dan Jacob - the winger Dennis Greene tried to sign from St Neots last season - found space in the penalty area but lashed his shot over the bar.
The Linnets’ lead was doubled on 24 minutes when George Thomson converted a penalty.
He gave Vince no chance with his low strike into the left-hand side netting, after Ian Ross was adjudged to have handled Yong’s strike.
Ross had little chance to duck a strike which was powerfully driven at him, but referee Alistair Wilson was well placed.
United’s first real half chances fell to Spencer Weir-Daley, but the forward forced both his efforts from distance wide.
Boston really were second best throughout the first half, and a brave block from Vince prevented the home side pushing even further ahead.
A powerful run from Jacob earned him a free crack at goal from 12 yards out, but the keeper was a match for the stinging strike.
However, the inevitable came two minutes before the interval as Yong grabbed his second of the game.
Skipping beyond Scott Garner, he created enough space to unleash a piledriver from 20-yards which flew straight into the net.
And the goal of the game made it four.
Tolley picked the ball up in the heart of midfield, turned and - with a toe poke - sent Andy Hall through on goal.
The Lynn man took two good touches before prodding beyond Vince in the 53rd minute.
Ben Fairclough had United’s first strike on target seconds before the hour mark, but Alex Street pulled off at top stop.
Vince then showed he can do the business too, standing his ground to deny Jacob’s cheeky chip.
Garner then showed his ability at both ends.
The United defender saw a header well saved by Street, before he was on hand to clear Hall’s effort off the opposite goalline.
Former Pilgrim Ewen Clarke made an impact from the bench, but his effort was well stopped by Vince.
United host Gainsborough Trinity in the Lincs Senior Cup on Saturday.
It would be fair to say the home crowd will be expecting much, much better.
LYNN: Street, R. Clarke (Fernandes 71), Yong, Lee, Gulliver (Fryatt 75), Bunting (Watson 71), Hall, Quigley, Thomson (Butt 75), Tolley (E. Clarke 71), Jacob.
UNITED: Vince, Bore, Sansara, Galinski, Garner, Marshall (Fairclough 39), Ross (Sanders 59), Reed (Meaney 54), Miller, Weir-Daley (Newsham 54), Milnes; Subs (not used): Timms.