White backs the old guard for successful spell

Alan White.
Alan White.

ALAN White reckons he and Kevin Austin can form a formidable partnership in the heart of defence.

It’s almost a case of grandad’s army at the back for Boston United right now.

With Tom Ward looking to be sidelined for a few weeks after picking up an ankle injury on Saturday, White was partnered by Austin for most of the weekend clash with Kidsgrove.

With White, 36, and Austin, 38, forming a central defensive partnership ahead of keeper Paul Bastock, 41, there’s plenty of experience.

Add to this 40-year-old Jason Lee’s stints in attack and there are plenty of miles on the playing staff’s clock.

However, White believes he and Austin will do a decent job as they seem likely to spearhead the defence in upcoming matches.

“It was my first run out with Kevin at centre half,” White said.

“He was tired and a bit leggy towards the end but he got through it which is the main thing as we don’t know how long Wardy will be out.”

Lee Canoville, Liam Parker and Nathan Stainfield, who can all also slot into that position, are still nursing minor injuries.

But the older guard are expected to line up against Altrincham on Saturday (KO 3pm).

The Robins, old foes from the Pilgrims’ history, find themselves in the Blue Square Bet North after being relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier last season.

At present they are a point behind United in the table.

The last time the two sides met was in an FA Trophy match in February 1999.

Paul Watts netted twice as Boston won 2-0 against a side which included Leroy Chambers and Paul Ellender in their ranks.

The last league meeting at Moss Lane saw Boston return from Cheshire with a 2-1 victory.

Steve Charles and Chambers netted in a UniBond Premier match, before Boston won the return contest on the last day of the season.

Bastock played in all three of those clashes.