WORCESTER CITY 2 BOSTON UNITED 1: Pilgrims miss chance to move into play-off spots

Dayle Southwell.
Dayle Southwell.

Dennis Greene believes that a ‘complete lack of effort’ cost his Boston United side at Worcester City last night.

The Blues pulled themselves off the foot of the National League North with a 2-1 victory, while the Pilgrims missed their chance to move into the play-off spots.

“I thought, barring Dayle Southwell, nobody played to their maximum,” Greene reflected.

“I just thought there was a complete lack of effort tonight.

“I felt for the supporters because it was a great turnout tonight, right the way through the night, and we didn’t give them anything to sing about.”

Jamie Smith handed City an 11th-minute lead as he found the top corner from 25 yards after collecting Ellis Deeney’s free kick.

Southwell pullede Boston level in the 50th minute as he grabbed his 13th of the campaign after meeting Grant Roberts’ pass.

But Boston were level for just 13 minutes as Andre Brown, on loan from Crewe Alexandra, slid home Dabiel Nti’s cross.

United made one change to the side which beat Corby 2-0 on Saturday, Liam Marrs dropping to the bench and Greene shuffling his pack to give John Sands his first start in attack.

But in the swirling winds, Worcester had the better of the first half with Henrich Ravas forced to deny Nti.

After the break United forced more chances but Southwell’s free kick and Zak Mills’ volley couldn’t beat Ethan Ross.

At the death United almost snatched a point, but Ross managed to divert Scott Garner’s dipping volley.

WORCESTER: Ross, Minihan, Sharpe, Gudger, Weir, Nti, Jackman, Deeney, Smith (Dunkley 72), Vincent (Harrad 84), Brown (Morris 90); Sub (not used): Gater.

UNITED: Ravas, Mills, Garner, Piergianni, McEvoy (Simmons 75), Robbins, Richards, Roberts, Blinco (Dixon 62), Southwell, Sands (Felix 62); Subs (not used): Marrs, Johnson.

Ref: Simon Barrow.

Att: 307.