Rollins feels at home, after shock Boston United call

Jay Rollins.
Jay Rollins.

Jay Rollins admitted that he was shocked to be invited to join Boston United on trial.

But after signing a deal with the Pilgrims, the 21-year-old says he feels very much at home.

Carl Piergianni.

Carl Piergianni.

“I was like, really? What me?” said Rollins, reflecting on his first phone call from the club.

“But yeah, it was good to come down. I was overwhelmed.

“It’s a good feeling, coming from Armthorpe Welfare.

“It’s a step up and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Rollins impressed manager Dennis Greene in training and two goals in two pre-season friendlies convinced the manager to take a punt on him.

Although he didn’t score during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with King’s Lynn Town, the striker says he already feels very much part of life at the Jakemans Stadium.

“I felt at home from the first day,” he added.

“It wasn’t like a trial to be honest, it’s a good bunch of lads and the staff’s great too.

“I’ve been told all about what happened last season (the play-off semi-final defeat to Chorley on penalties).

“I know what it’ll mean to those lads to go up this year. We’re looking to win it this year, I want to win it as much as them.”

Manager Dennis Greene has been impressed with his new acquisition, adding: “He can play out wide, up front or on the left.

“He’s another player like Kaine (Felix), he’ll grow into it and get better and better as the season goes on.

“Hopefully, we’ll get ourselves another little gem.”

Greene praised his squad following a tough workout against the Linnets on Saturday.

The match kicked off following an emotional minute’s silence in memory of Leeanne Marshall, mother of ex-Pilgrim Conor, who was part of the Lynn squad.

Kern Miller, Sam Mulready, Sam Gaughran and Michael Clunan were the four further former United players turning out for the away side.

After a goalless first half, Carl Piergianni marked his return to the United set-up with a headed finish 10 minutes into the second 45.

He met Kyle Dixon’s free kick to power his effort beyond the stranded Alex Street.

But 10 minutes later the honours were even as substitute Jack Frohawk levelled things up, shrugging off Julian Bennett to poke beyond Matt Urwin.

Lynn started strongly, with Lee Stevenson forcing Urwin into a near-post save and Mulready nodding over.

But when the Pilgrims found their footing they had the better of the contest.

Indeed, they would have perhaps recorded a victory were it not for the heroics of Street.

The Lynn number one corrected himself well to divert Dixon’s defelected effort as well as pulling off a fine fingertip save to push away Jamie McGhee’s dipper.

United also had a Piergianni effort cleared off the goalline, a Mark Jones effort ruled out for offside and Zak Mills also struck the bar.

At the death, trialist Dymon Labonne saw a cross almost drop into the net.

For Lynn, Clunan almost snatched victory with a free kick which whizzed across substitue stopper Alex Brown’s goal.

UNITED: Urwin (Brown 74), Sheridan (Dear 48), Bennett, Mills (Felix 69), Garner, Piergianni, Felix (Labonne 66), Dixon, Smith (McGhee 48), Jones, Rollins (Limb 77).

LYNN: Street (Pearson 85), Ramm, Yong, Marshall (L. Fryatt 76), Gaughran (R. Fryatt 64), Miller, Clunan, Hurst (Bridges 38), Mulready (Frohawk 64), Stevenson, Zielonka.

Ref: Alistair Wilson.

Att: 356.