Spirit is the key for Boston United ahead of Burnley FA Youth clash

Charley Sanders celebrates United's victory over Bradford.
Charley Sanders celebrates United's victory over Bradford.

STEVE Welsh reckons team spirit is the key to Boston United’s under 18s’ chances of overcoming Burnley in the FA Youth Cup.

The Pilgrims’ booked their place in the third round following a 2-1 victory over Bradford City.

And now they face their biggest test, up against the youngsters from the Championship club.

“The lads have showed bags of spirit and character,” said the club’s head of youth after the victory.

“Burnley may have five internationals in their youth team, and they may have players who are technically better in some areas, but our boys will give everything.

Last week’s victory over Bradford saw the Pilgrims come from behind after Adam Baker slotted home from close range.

However, United levelled before the interval courtesy of a superb 30-yard drive from Elliott Price, which nestled in the net via the inside of the City post.

Boston’s winner came courtesy of James Reed after he twisted and turned inside the Bradford penalty area, before slamming home a low drive.

“I’m pleased for all the lads, it was their night and they did themselves proud,” added Welsh.

The Pilgrims now host Burnley on December 6 (KO 7.45pm).