Worcester City 0 Boston United 3: Renaissance continues for the Pilgrims

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It just gets better and better! Boston United recorded their third straight victory under Dennis Greene with a 3-0 success at Worcester City.

This was the Pilgrims’ first success at St George’s Lane since 2000, and a third consecutive clean sheet for Boston.

An early half-chance fell to United’s Ben Fairclough on the edge of the City penalty area.

But the forward - who has scored in his past two matches for the Pilgrims - was at full stretch to shoot goalwards, and Glyn Thompson comfortably gathered at his feet.

But when United did take the lead, they did it in style.

Ian Ross netted just his second goal of the campaign with a powerful, curling, dipping strike from 20 yards out.

Ben Milnes’ corner was controlled by Marc Newsham, who fed the ball out to Ross.

After taking one touch to steady himself, the stand-in captain unleashed a superb 16th-minute strike which Thompson couldn’t reach.

The Dragons almost levelled immediately after conceding, but Shabir Khan got his angles all wrong, his free header going out for a throw-in.

Tom Thorley also tried his luck from a couple of free kicks, but Dan Haystead had both goalbound strikes covered.

For United, Spencer Weir-Daley saw a low drive whistle wide of Thompson’s goal.

Before the second half was underway, the Pilgrims suffered further defensive setbacks.

Tom Ward began the match in the heart of defence as Paul Lister was suffering from a calf strain.

And 37 minutes into the first half, right back Conor Marshall held his thigh as he was replaced by the returning Gary Silk.

Then, at half time, the Pilgrims made their second change.

With Phil Watt suffering a head injury he was replaced by Charley Sanders.

Right back Keiran Walker returned Rainworth Miners Welfare in the week, meaning Nathan Stainfield dropped back to partner Ward in defence.

Sanders joined Weir-Daley in attack as United switched from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2, Newsham and Fairclough switching to the wings.

The change in formation didn’t do United any harm though as they stormed into a 2-0 lead on 54 minutes.

Ben Milnes was given space to run at goal and, with a strike to rival Ross’, he fired home a left-footed drive from the edge of the box.

Again Worcester pressed for a leveller. And when Thorley looked certain to find the net, his piledriver was turned away by the unflinching head of Stainfield.

As the hosts pushed on they were exposed at the back.

Sanders made space for himself on the left flank and his low cross evaded Thompson, allowing Newsham to tap in the Pilgrims’ third from virtually on the goalline.

With 74 minutes on the clock, United were on course for their third straight win under Dennis Greene and their first win at Worcester since 2000.

And that’s how it stayed.

WORCESTER: Thompson, Weir, Edwards, Thorley, Whitehead, Khan, Birley (Breeze 57), Elvins, Symons (Reece 68), Glover, Morris (Moore 57); Subs (not used): Ayres, Sammons.

UNITED: Haystead, Marshall (Silk 37), Field, Stainfield, Ward, Watt, Ross, Milnes, Weir-Daley (Nuttell 89), Newsham, Fairclough; Subs (not used): Sanders, Reed, Lister.

Att: 669.

Ref: Martin Dexter.