That was not the debut Steve Spriggs had in mind when he joined Boston United.
After leaving King’s Lynn Town for the Pilgrims, the winger pulled on an amber and black shirt for the first time at Altrincham last night.
By half time, United were 4-1 down and Spriggs was replaced by Conor Marshall as manager Graham Drury looked to tighten things up.
It was a ploy that didn’t really work as the Robins finished the match with all three points and a 7-1 victory.
“It was a tough game and we didn’t turn up,” Spriggs admitted.
“We’re disappointed, we’ve let Boston down and the gaffer down.
“We just didn’t turn up.”
Although dispondent, Spriggs was honest with his assessment.
He went as far as criticising his own 45-minute performance, adding: “I was disappointed to be honest, I think the game passed me by.
“We were under the cosh first half and I’m a player who likes to get on the ball.
“We didnt see enough of the ball, our ball retention wasn’t good enough.
“It wasn’t an ideal debut.”
However, he now sets his sights on showing the United fans what he can offer.
Spriggs said: “We’ve got to imporove massively to get a result at Gainsborough (on Saturday).
“But I’ve spoken to the lads and know what a big game this is.
“You don’t know what will happen in a derby and we’ll definitely be up for it.”