Boston Standard sports editor Duncan Browne reflects on today’s Vanarama contest...
MATCH RESULT: Boston United 0 Chorley 0
WHAT WE EXPECTED: Boston ran away with it the previous week, their 2-1 victory flattering Chorley somewhat. But with the Magpies making six changes, the Pilgrims were to face a different beast.
WHAT WE GOT: A thrilling end-to-end battle which had everything except a goal. Chorley played the ball on the ground and looked 10 times better than last week’s hit-and-hopers, while the Pilgrims created plenty of chances, also pulling off a couple of goalline clearances. Forget the poor visibility caused by the fog, this was a game to savour... what parts you could make out.
MAGIC MOMENT: Kyle Dixon’s run, Greg Tempest’s cross and Mark Jones’ shot crashing off the crossbar - it was a wonderful move that was almost finished off by Dayle Southwell nodding home the rebound - but Chorley keeper Aaron Grundy kept him at bay with a remarkable reaction save.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Boston’s Kyle Dixon left with the match day Champagne and his mazy runs and tricky dribbles certainly showed he’s back to his best. Captain Scott Garner put a good shift in while Kaine Felix and Greg Tempest offered flashes of brilliance, as did strikers Mark Jones and Dayle Southwell. But it was the back four who stood out in this game. Carl Piergianni, Zak Mills and Rene Steer were all superb, but the hustling and bustling of Liam Marrs gets my nod. Just.
GOAL OF THE GAME: Hmmmmm.
ONE TO WATCH: Keeper Aaron Grundy did well for Chorley, as did full back mark Ross. Striker Chris Simm appeared to be a threat but the pace of Darren Stephenson caused United their biggest problems.
REF WATCH: Following Declan Ford’s officiating of Boston United versus North Ferriy earlier this season this very column described him as ‘awful’, with too many decisions being ‘ridiculously wrong’. He missed three blatant handballs in the first half, but he was markedly improved. Each of his bookings, and the red card, were spot on calls.
RATINGS: J. Dixon 7, Mills 8, Steer 8, K. Dixon 8, Garner 8, Piergianni 8, Marrs 8, Tempest 7, Southwell 7 (Thomas 75, 6), Jones 7, Felix 7; Subs (not used): Newsham, Marshall, Hollingsworth, Fallah.