JASON Lee praised his Boston United squad for their ‘brilliant’ performance as they left second-place AFC Telford United with a 1-0 victory yesterday.
Once again, defender Shaun Pearson secured the points with a towering header, powering home a Jamie Yates corner in the 31st minute.
It was a game of few opportunities for either side and second and third matched each other on most aspects, apart from the scoreline.
“It was a brilliant performance,” said Lee, who claims his amber and blacks have dealt a deadly blow against a side Boston could meet once again in the play-offs.
“The last thing I said was to go out and leave a lasting impression on them as we could still meet them again in the play-offs.
“I believe we did that. We did everything right today, they had no real chances.
“I would imagine Andy (Sinton, Telford manager) will be very disappointed. But as far as I’m concerned, it was a fantastic away victory.”
Lee watched the match from the stands as a red card picked up while playing for Arnold Town meant he was serving a ban from the dug-out.
And with fellow coach Lee Canoville on the pitch, head of youth Steve Welsh pulled the strings on the bench.
But this turnaround seemed to work as Boston were rarely troubled by their hosts.
Boston were made to make a change to their plans when Adam Boyes and his girlfriend were involved in a car accident on the morning of the match.
Although the pair were unscathed, Lee opted to give his striker the day off.
“I felt it was best if he took care of his girlfriend and his business,” Lee added.
This meant that Lawrie Dudfield was drafted into the starting XI.
The forward appeared for Boston Reserves in midweek but this was his first competitive macth since he initially retired in 2009.
However, despite the striker missing some match fitness, Lee ws pleased with his new signing’s commitment.
He added: “ He worked really hard. He was a menace and he didn’t get any opportunities to score, but he occupied their back two in the channels.
“He was a foil for Spencer. He did what I’m asking of all our men.”