“That was for the fans” says Boston United captain Ross after firing home wonder free kick

Ian Ross clears a Bradford corner. Photo: Ken Fox.
Ian Ross clears a Bradford corner. Photo: Ken Fox.

Ian Ross curled home an inch-perfect free kick to send Boston United joint-top of the Skrill North - before dedicating his goal to the fans.

With 14 minutes left on the clock, the captain marvel whipped his dead ball over the Bradford Park Avenue wall and beyond the outstreched arm of John Lamb to earn a point... before running off to share his joy with the travelling support.

Lewis King.

Lewis King.

“It was great to celebrate with the fans,” Ross said.

“They’ve backed us and been brilliant all season. That’s for them.”

The point Ross’ free kick earned was enough to see the Pilgrims finish Saturday as one of four teams locked on 32 points at the top of the league standings, alongside Hednesford, Brackley and Altrincham.

But how does the skipper’s free kick compare with the best goals he’s netted in his career?

“It’s definitely up there,” Ross said. “I looked at size of keeper and I thought ‘if I give it a good whip he’s probably not going to get there’.

“As soon as I hit it I knew it was going in.”

Pilgrims manager Dennis Greene made some bold tactical changes in a bid to tackle the notoriously poor playing surface at the Horsfall Stadium.

He handed a full debut to target man Charley Sanders, also chucking defender Scott Garner up front as a second aerial presence.

That saw Marc Newsham drop down into midfield and allowed Stefan Galinksi to slot into the back four, alongside Netan Sansara who replaced the suspended Rene Steer.

But it was Park Avenue who had the better of the early exchanges.

United keeper Lewis King had to be at his best to keep Nathan Hotte’s swerving strike out, before superbly tipping Nicky Boshell’s free kick onto the crossbar.

United’s best chances of the first half were Garner’s looping header and Ross’ strike from distance, but neither hit the target.

Bradford took the lead four minutes after the interval after Paul Walker squared for Alex Davidson, who slid home from close range.

The hosts should have doubled their lead soon after, but King did well to smother Jordan Deacey’s strike and Boshell was wasteful in front of goal.

On the hour Boston replaced Sanders with Spencer Weir-Daley and, as they reverted to type, instantly took control of the contest.

Weir-Daley saw his drive fly over the bar before Ross put his mark on the game.

United came close to snatching the points at the death, but Lamb saved Conor Marshall’s powerful drive and Sansara saw his strike smash against the Bradford bar.