Semple at the double as Boston United draw with Stamford

Ryan Semple.
Ryan Semple.
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Stamford 2 Boston United 2

RYAN Semple bagged a brace as an experimental Boston United side earned a draw at Stamford last night.

Michael Leary and Curtis Shaw joined fellow trialists Adam Millson in midfield, as managers Jason Lee and Lee Canoville opted to run the rule over a clutch of players eager to earn a Pilgrims contract.

Jaylee Hodgson – back from scoring for Montserrat in their 3-1 defeat against Belize on Sunday – was granted the second half to shine, while academy youngster Lewis Sturman also played a late cameo.

This meant there was no place on the teamsheet for first-team regulars Paul Bastock, Julian Joachim and Kevins Austin and Holsgrove.

Semple opened the scoring in the eighth minute as he won the ball 20 yards out, before firing past Gavin Saxby in the Daniels’ net.

However, the Pilgrims were pegged back 24 minutes into the contest, Dean Oliver firing beyond Ricky Drury from inside the penalty area.

However, it was the visitors who led at the interval, with Semple again making the difference.

The winger – wearing the captain’s armband – linked with Shaw, latching onto the trialist’s pass and rolling the ball beyond Saxby.

So, with 12 minutes to go before the interval, United were again in front.

But the lead would not last as Daniel Barratt had the final say at the Vic Couzens Stadium as Daniel Barratt beat Drury with a terrific lob from 40 yards out with 11 minutes left on the clock.

Stamford included ex-Pilgrims Nick Jackson, Lee Beeson, Dan Steadman, Dan Cotton and Gary King in their side.

STAMFORD: Saxby, Cook, Chamberlain, Jacklin, Jackson, Beeson, Gray, Steadman, Cotton, Mullarkey, Oliver. Subs (used): Brady, Barratt, King, Toyne.

UNITED: Drury, Fairclough (Sturman 76), Ward, Parker, Field (Jelleyman 53), Millson, Leary, Shaw (Hall 65), Semple (Ogden 65), Suarez, Deane (Hodgson 46). Sub (not used): Mickey Stones.