McMillan handed debut as Boston United head to Chorley with a ‘fresh’ mentality

Jay Rollins.
Jay Rollins.

Midfielder Jack McMillan has been handed his debut as Boston United take on Chorley this afternoon.

The 18-year-old has joined the club on a month’s youth loan from Notts County.

And he has been thrust straight into the starting XI, as the Pilgrims are without six injury-hit players.

United haven’t beaten Chorley in their past five meetings, the Magpies holding the edge against the Pilgrims, especially following their play-off semi-final victory two seasons ago.

United appeared to be headed for the final until Adam Roscoe’s stoppage-time overhead kick levelled the scores before Chorley progressed on penalties.

However, boss Dennis Greene believes that his new-look squad won’t be carrying that hangover.

He said: “It’s going there with a different mentality to the last one.

“They were a bugbear to us, Chorley, but none of that group’s really here now.

“We go there with a bit more freshness to it.”

Following Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Tamworth, the Pilgrims are going in search of their second win of the season at Victory Park.

But they travelled to the north west with further injury woes.

Striker Waide Fairhurst pulled up with a hamstring injury after putting United 1-0 ahead in midweek, and the same problem hit Callum Chippendale in training on Thursday.

They will join Nat Brown, Shane Clarke, Kalern Thomas and Herve Pepe-Ngoma on the sidelines.

Jay Rollins and Lewis Hilliard have been named on the bench, but both are carrying knocks.

McMillan will play in central midfield alongside Grant Roberts, with Jason St Juste and Marcus Marshall out wide.

In defence, Ollie Price will partner Joe Maguire, with Courtney Wildin and Joe Burgess the full backs.

Christian Dibble, fresh from his first clean sheet of the campaign, remains between the sticks, while Lamin Colley partners Gregg Smith in attack.

United haven’t managed to beat the Magpies in their past five meetings.

Chorley won both last season’s meetings, 2-0 at Victory Park and 2-1 in Lincolnshire.

The previous season saw the Magpies knock United out of the play-offs on penalties following two draws, 0-0 and 2-2.

In that season’s league meetings, the two sides played out a goalless draw at the Jakemans Stadium, following United’s 2-1 success in Lancashire.

Kick off will be at 3pm.

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