Stockport County 1 Boston United 4: Player ratings

Middle man: Conor Marshall.
Middle man: Conor Marshall.

Boston United were in wonderland following their 4-1 victory at Stockport County. As a team, they were superb, but how did they rate individually?

Ashley Timms - 7 (out of 10)

The stopper’s been labelled the ‘best keeper in non-league’ by his manager Dennis Greene. But apart from picking Kristian Dennis’ penalty out of the net he was rarely troubled until his late stop to deny Rhys Turner. Even set up the Pilgrims’ third with a giant goal kick.

Peter Bore - 7

The quiet man of the squad also goes about his business quietly on the pitch. But don’t underestimate his input because of that. Apart from one wasted cross, Bore played a vital role as a right back who supported the attack well and made some important blocks at the other end.

Scott Garner - 9 STAR MAN

What a time to score your first goal for the club. The centre back was in the right place at the right time to force home the opening goal. Also made a vital header and block on separate occasions as the last man when Phil Jevons looked through on goal.

Carl Piergianni - 7

Against his former club, the defender was showing the Hatters exactly what they were missing. As County’s backline looked as reliable as a car with two wheels, Piergianni and Garner rarely looked troubled. Astute and in control.

Netan Sansara - 8

Got his international clearance just 24 hours before the match. But the Pilgrims will be thankful he got the thumbs up, especially as he won a vital header in the build-up to the opening goal. Arguably unlucky to concede the penalty, but was influential throughout.

Ian Ross - 7

The Pilgrims captain played a more low key role in midfield. He may not have been at the forefront of all the attacks, but chipped away and was full of running to protect his defence when needed.

Conor Marshall - 8

A competitive debut in central midfield - in fact, just his second ever time in this position as a senior. He may not be the finished article in the heart of the pitch, but you can’t deny his willingness. Also went close when through on goal.

Ben Milnes - 8

Made an early impression when his corner led to the opening goal and made a defence-splitting pass to set up Newsham’s finish. Today, Milnes was the puppeteer, pulling the strings behind the front line.

Spencer Weir-Daley - 7

Not used as much as he would have wished in pre-season, but Weir-Daley is the type of player you can depend upon in the big matches. And he didn’t disappoint: one chance, one goal, and thoroughly well taken at that. Altogether now, do-do-do...

Ricky Miller -7

The energetic forward made his debut at Conference North level and ran, ran and ran some more for the cause. Miller admitted to nerves throughout the first half, and that was evident with two less-than-deadly strikes. But the butterflieds were swiped away when he netted Boston’s fourth.

Marc Newsham - 7

Through on goal there’s usually only one outcome. And yet again, Newsham showed his nerve to send Ian Ormson the wrong way, also playing a large part in the build-up to Miller’s finish.


Ben Fairclough (for Miller 75) - 6

A late impact, but ran himself into the ground as the Pilgrims looked to keep the ball and frustrate County late on.

Charley Sanders (for Weir-Daley 84)- 4

Boss Dennis Greene thinks his teenage target man was hard-done-by with his red card. Whether or not that’s the case, Sanders’ impact lasted little over two minutes.

Stefan Galinski (for Ross 87) - 6

Another late substitute, but sured things up as Boston were down to 10 and County went looking for a second consolation.

Not used: Gary Mills, Sam Vince.