First-half header enough to see Pilgrims beat Trinity

Action from Boston v Gainsborough on Monday.
Action from Boston v Gainsborough on Monday.
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A header on the stroke of half-time gave local rivals Boston United the edge in the Lincolnshire derby at home to Gainsborough Trinity on Monday.

Defender Zak Mills met a free-kick at the far post to give the Pilgrims their first goal and victory over Trinity in three meetings this season.

The Blues will feel hard done by as they had to deal with an aerial assault from United on a pitch that was not the greatest, with odd bounces and bobbles that constantly seemed to favour the home side, especially at vital times.

Gainsborough made three changes to the side that beat North Ferriby two days earlier.

Out went the two wingers, Liam Davis and Jamie Yates, as well as striker Anthony Wilson with former Pilgrim Marc Newsham starting up front in his place. Adam Drury and Charlie Binns came into midfield in place of Davis and Yates.

It was the wide men who had the biggest influence in the first period as Boston were clearly trying to get in behind the Blues full-backs.

In the fifth minute they came close to exploiting it, with Jay Rollins winning a throw in on the left hand side of the Trinity box. The Pilgrims had a long throw expert in the shape of Mills and one of his trademark bullet-like efforts found Scott Garner in the six yard box and his header went inches wide.

The pitch was not helping either side with it appearing rather boggy in places, particularly towards the York Street Stand.

It was another long throw that saw the next chance 20 minutes later. Mills’ throw was punched clear by Jan Budtz but only to John Sands who hit a first time volley towards goal and Josh Lacey had to be alert to boot clear.

In a half of few chances, Trinity had their best five minutes before the break when a superb Nathan Jarman volley whistled past the post.

It seemed to be heading to a stalemate at half-time but on the cusp of the referee’s whistle Jarman was adjudged to have handled a cross and, from the free-kick, Mills found the back of the net with a flying header.

The setback on buoyed the home side who carried the momentum into the second-half.

They could have extended their lead a couple of times before the hour mark was reached.

Defender Karl Piergianni headed over when well positioned before Mills found the stands when he cut in from the right side and unleashed a shot.

Midfielder Hilliard was then twice denied by heroic defending, the second blocked by Dom Roma from inside the six yard box.

Two minutes later the home side clipped the post as another Mills throw broke to Sands who swivelled but did not get a clean contact.

On the hour, winger Kaine Felix burst down the right and cut the ball back to Sands who was stationed on the penalty spot in space and his first time shot cleared the crossbar.

Trinity were struggling to create openings and when they did the pitch or a teammates got in the way.

Davis surged into the box and as he shaped to turn the ball into the box, an almighty bobble sent it out for a goal kick.

Then Davis hit a firm volley that connected with Jarman as it looked to go on target.

In injury-time, a Stephen Brogan free-kick from the half way line came close to grabbing a late equaliser when it eluded everyone and bounced wide, and Gainsborough’s chance was gone.

Gainsborough: Budtz, Roma, Lacey, Brogan, D’Laryea, Picton, Russell, Binns (Davis 61), Newsham (Stamp 89), Jarman, Drury (Yates 45). Subs (not used): Hedge, Stamp, Karkach.

Att: 1,889