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Frickley Athletic 0-0 Boston United

Unibond League

Steve Welsh's first game after being appointed manager following a month in the caretaker rôle ended with a respectable draw at in-form Frickley. Going into the game Boston's choices were limited by injuries to Kieran Leabon and Michael Wood, but Wes Parker was fit enough to have a place on the bench after recovering from illness. There was also much excitement amongst the Boston fans as former favourite Tony Crane was spotted talking to Welsh and rumours of an imminent return to Boston were rife. The game was more exciting than the 0-0 scoreline would suggest. There were lots of good chances by both sides and the drama of a sending off. Frickley could have scored in the 15th minute following a goalmouth scramble, but Margarson saved a close range effort by Lee Morris. David Farrell then made a great run down the left wing before crossing to Ollie Ryan who headed just over.

In the second half a free kick by Steve Melton after Farrell had been fouled was headed straight at the Frickley keeper by Liam Parker. Margarson then produced a great save to keep out a shot by Bailey Camfield. Frickley were reduced to 10 men when Steve Robinson was sent off for scything down David Farrell as he surged past him. Ollie Ryan was soon denied by a terrific save by Adam Nicklin as his drive curled towards the top right corner. Jon Rowan then missed a great chance when he directed his header straight at the keeper following a cross by Ryan. Frickley managed to hold on for the remaining minutes and Boston extended their unbeaten league run to four games. After the game Steve Welsh said: "Today we battled as well as we have battled for a long time. I thought the boys done ever so well today."

Boston United: Martyn Margarson, Matt Bloomer, Liam Parker, Tom Matthews (Lee Beeson 74), David Farrell (Liam Green 74), Ryan Clarke, Adam Millson, Steve Melton, Jon Rowan, Jon Froggatt, Ollie Ryan. Subs not used: Wes Parker, Jon Fairweather, Mitchell Griffiths.

Match report and photograph copyright © Ken Fox 2008.