United back to winning ways but Hurst is left baffled by team’s performance

BOSTON United will be hoping to take another step towards Wembley when they entertain Gloucester City in the FA Trophy on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Fresh from their 1-0 Blue Square Bet North victory over Gloucester at the weekend (see match report on Page 70), the Pilgrims will lock horns with the Tigers once more on Saturday — and a place in the last 16 of the FA Trophy is up-for-grabs, alongside £6,000 in prize money.

Prior to their home fixture against Hinckley United last night (Tuesday), the Pilgrims had bounced back to winning ways with a deserved 1-0 success over Gloucester on Saturday, although Paul Hurst was slightly bamboozled by Boston’s showing after taking the lead.

Hurst told The Standard: “We were totally dominant for the opening stages of the match and felt that if we could find a breakthrough, we would go on to win comfortably.

“However, that did not materialise and we actually sat back after taking the lead. Apart from Gloucester hitting the bar straight away, we were not seriously troubled, but it was a strange response in all honesty.

“We come up against Gloucester again this weekend and it is another important match, not least because we could reach the third round of a national knockout competition and collect a healthy prize money cheque.”

Teenage goalkeeper Aaron Butcher is likely to start in goal for the Pilgrims, with recent signing Dan Haystead cup-tied following two earlier appearances in the competition for Hinckley this season.

Eighteen-year-old defender Cecil Nyoni made his debut against Gloucester on Saturday and is likely to keep his place in the absence of Shaun Pearson and Kieran Murphy, particularly with fellow rookie Simon Ashton cup-tied too following his exploits for Spalding United earlier in the campaign.

The Sheffield Wednesday youngster has been recruited on work experience and will remain with the Pilgrims on an indefinite basis.

If the Pilgrims require a replay to settle Saturday’s second round tie, the match will be played at Whaddon Road on Wednesday, January 19.

l Meanwhile, United reserves travel to revitalised Heckington United on Saturday (kick-off 2pm) in the Lincolnshire League. United’s scheduled home fixture against Louth Town on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.