Will it be ‘thanks, but no thanks?’ Greene unsure whether to stick with Boston United debutants

Brad Gascoigne (centre) signed for United.
Brad Gascoigne (centre) signed for United.

Dennis Greene says he is unsure whether he will stick with many of the last-minute recruits who were drafted into the Boston United squad for Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Hednesford Town.

With eight first-teamers unavailable for the weekend’s trek to Keys Park, the manager spent a frantic Friday looking to patch up his Pilgrims.

Defenders Brad Gascoigne and Dan Pritchard, formerly of Corby Town and Nuneaton Griff respectively, Sunderland winger Liam Agnew and striker Pa Sulay Njie answered the call, along with James Reed, whose ties with the club seemingly ended when he left for university.

Reserve teamers Ngoni Dongo and Charlie Ward were promoted to the bench.

But while Reed excelled as a second-half substitute and Agnew, with the club on work experience, showed promise, the other trio failed to do themselves justice on a heavy pitch.

“It’s too soon to say,” said Greene, when asked if his recruits would be given a second chance to shine.

“They were filling in gaps and thanks for helping us, but we just had to get a side out there and try to be competitive.”

Liam Marrs, Spencer Weir-Daley, Ben Fairclough and Indy Aujla were the club’s injury victims, while Rene Steer and Scott Garner were both suspended for Saturday’s match.

Boston’s troubles were compounded when Ryan Semple was taken ill on the team coach, while Ian Ross and Conor Marshall both played through injuries.

“It’s disappointing to have lost the match, but we couldn’t have done any more,” Greene added.

“We’ve worked really hard, we just didn’t have enough quality on the pitch.

“Having three of the back four out meant we just conceded too many sloppy goals.”

Another reason Greene may be reluctant to stick with his fresh faces is the arrival of on-loan midfielder Kyle Dixon.

The Notts County man will link up with the club at training tonight, where an unnamed winger is also likely to sign.

Marvin Robinson headed the Pitmen in front on 12 minutes and lanky defender Paul McCone doubled Hednesford’s advantage on 28 minutes when he met Elliott Durrell’s corner to nod home.

Ricky Miller netted the winner for Boston the last time the club played at Keys Park, and he beat Dan Crane with a low strike to give the Pilgrims some hope in the 32nd minute.

However, just seconds later Neil Harvey finished off Nathan Blissett’s low cross to give the hosts a 3-1 interval lead.

Two minutes after the break it was 4-1 when Blissett found space in the penalty area.

Miller netted his second of the game on 64 minutes with a clever finish inside the box, but it was too little too late.