Stockport County 1 Boston United 4: Pilgrims boss hails 'unbelievable' start
Boston United began their Skrill North campaign with a sensational 4-1 victory at promotion favourites Stockport County.
Goals from Scott Garner, Marc Newsham, Spencer Weir-Daley and Ricky Miller ensured a memorable start to the season for Dennis Greene’s side.
"It's an unbelievable start," said the Pilgrims boss. "Everything we asked of the players they carried out.
"We kept our shape and restricted them to chances and then we've been clinical at the other end."
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The Pilgrims took a ninth-minute lead through one of their summer signings Garner. A corner from Ben Milnes was headed into the six-yard box by Weir-Daley and Garner powered the ball home from close range.
However, the lead lasted just 11 minutes as the Hatters levelled in contentious fashion. A driven cross from Steve O’Halloran struck the arm of Netan Sansara, who was stood just five yards away. The referee was unmoved, but his assistant raised his flag and awarded a penalty.
Kristian Dennis made it 1-1 from the spot, coolly sending United keeper Ashley Timms the wrong way.
Conor Marshall and Newsham wasted chances to restore United’s lead before half-time, but the visitors were ruthless after the break, leaving the Hatters completely stunned.
Newsham made it 2-1 11 minutes into the second period with a typically cool finish before Weir-Daley followed suit two minutes later.
The Pilgrims and their fans were then in dreamland on 66 minutes as they surged 4-1 in front. Newsham’s shot was beaten out by Ian Ormson straight into the path of Miller, who smashed the ball home.
Boston’s were reduced the 10 men in the closing stages when substitute Charley Sanders – barely a minute after coming on - was shown a straight red card for an apparent elbow on James Tunnicliffe.