With the Wednesday game today it was no surprise to see a mixture of youth and exuberance at Boston last night as Blue Square Bet North met their Mariner Premiership cousins in an all Lincoln affair. A full strength Boston side could not crush our cabin boys but availed as another son of Lincolnshire, ex Lincoln City striker Ryan Semple, settled the issue.
The Codfather copped for Forbes cab fare back from Darlo along with the remaining transfer listed trio of Nick Colgan, Chris Jones and surprisingly Nick Hegarty, who has not looked half bad thus far in preseason. Bradley Wood methinks is the preferred shipmate. Stockdale and triallist Hutton (released from the Robins) also featured along with fringe youngsters in the squad.
But to the game???????
Seventy seconds in Semple half volleyed home a super cross from eight yards, as overlapping left back Cullingworth roasted all and sundry. Thus on the back foot Town struggled to get the ball with our central midfielders Rhoades and Thanoj not at the races early doors, but then only on the field of battle can the young pages learn to become knights.
And they did threading some passes together to create a glorious chance that Forbes blasted over the bar and out of the ground. Young centre back I’Anson blocked superbly to deny another ex Imps cast off, Spencer Weir-Daley the hosts second. Brave lad, count them! Forbes then blazed into the side netting following a slick interchange between a very sprightly Stockdale and Jones who cut back cutely although a deflection in reality fed Forbes.
This Hutton lad has a turn of pace and a glorious range of passing finding the Feet of Forbes and Jones on the right flank on three or four occasions. Quite ‘Beckamesque`. Forbes the sly old fox was doing his bit to help the young Mariners find their sea legs too. A sublime ball by Hutton looked to have set up the equaliser in the 35th minute but for Forbes to be robbed as he pulled the trigger.
So a positive end to the first half but in fairness end product was a rarer commodity than a Grimsby trawler. Semple almost did it again this time driving inches wide from 20 yards almost straight from the kick off. A little aerial naivety allowed Mikel Suarez a free header that crashed against the crossbar ten minutes later. He rose highest again from the very next corner but Forbes was there on the line to chest down and hook to safety. The Boston fans naturally appealed for a penalty but then who wouldn`t.
Fuller wont be playing today by the looks of things as he replaced the impressive Hutton after an hour, with young Gardner on for Forbes. Both tried but we had effectively lost the wingers menace of the first half and settled for a narrow yet creditable defeat. Ex Youth team captain Mark Gray and I’Anson, in particular, dealt superbly well with Semple and Weir-Daley, with the latter withdrawn just after half time. Thanoj also learned a lot and finished the game with credit.
Boston: Butcher, Canoville, Cullingworth, Church, Pearson, Murphy, Semple, Sleath, Davidson, Weir-Daley, Clancy. Subs:- Hunter 46 (Weir-Daley), Suarez 46 (Davidson), Yates 46 (Clancy), Field 73 (Semple), Millson 73 (Canoville). Not used: Drury, Ashton.
Town: Colgan, Stockdale, Hegarty, Thanoj, Gray, I’Anson, Forbes, Rhoades, Corner, Jones, Hutton. Subs:- Dixon 46 (Corner), Fuller 62 (Hutton), Gardner 64 (Forbes) Mulready 76 (Jones), Heward 82 (Hegarty), Marshall 85 (Stockdale)
Goals: Semple 2 (Boston)
Attendance: 748 (56 Town)
Codfather on the youngsters
“We’ve lost a game but I’ve got a lot more positives out of it than negatives. We had two 17-year-old boys start in Andi Thanoj and Charlie I’Anson and they were outstanding. They didn’t freeze and played like they do for the youth team on a Saturday morning and that’s a great sign for the future. I thought we played some really good football at times without probably creating enough from it. Considering the age of the team, they showed character after letting in the early goal.
On the result
It’s the worst possible start and credit to the senior professionals like Nick Colgan and Robbie Stockdale who helped settle them down. The result is a fair result because they were a little bit stronger than us and offered more of a threat.”