Boston Bring Forest Twins, The Family + Bore, Mills, Garner and SWD
Former Nottingham Forest duo Ben Fairclough and Spencer Weir-Dayley will look to terrorise Lincoln with pace tomorrow as Boston United look set to contest a keenly fought far from friendly derby on Community Day. Fairclough will be the threat through midfield whilst former Imp SWD has bagged 21 goals in 55 appearances for the Pilgrims in his second stint at York Street. Peter Bore, Scott Garner and Mr Pointy/Shouty Gary Mills (no pun intended this but said not to be 100%) make a swift return to Sincil Bank in the colours of a club we Imps feel are steeped in family values. Ex-Imp Elliott Green may also get a run out although the ex-Imps may be a little confused as the new kit will ensure their isn’t a red and white stripe in site. . Ricky Miller also needs to be watched after notching his 6th of the pre-season against Peterborough.
Sat 3rd August, ko 3.00 pm
No Adams/Boston family song please as this is genuinely a fun family day out, now dubbed ‘community day’. In truth the Pilgrims do say the same about us, so in the interest of balance let’s be friends -besides with all this heavy summer rain about, the alleged webbed fingers and toes on both sides should come in handy then?
In all seriousness this will be a great game played by two sides on the rise in front of a decent crowd at £5 for adults (and concessions) and £2 for kids. Lincoln Manager Gary Simpson has a big affinity with Boston and is still regarded as a bit of a legend at the club. He was a player manager between 1988 and 1990 with those huge calves putting in a tackle ‘like the wielding of an axe’. Simmo was a former England C midfielder who got in at Stoke the last time they were big, going on to play until both his knees were shot. Although the CV suggests he retired at Gainsborough Trinity during a player manager stint between 91 and 93, Keith Alexander coaxed him out of retirement and played him from time to time as their managerial double act began to bloom.
Current leader and Manager, Dennis Greene, saved the Pilgrims souls from relegation last season with 4 wins, a draw and a loss, after taking over in March. Dennis has swept the decks and been busy bringing in some commendable quality this summer. First in was a huge stopper from Hinckley, one Ashley Timms – a man who blocks out the sun Ben Fitcher style. A complete defensive rebuild sees ex-Imps Peter Bore and Scott Garner, plus Carl Piergianni from Corby (Ex-Posh), Stefan Gallinski from Derby Co and Netan Sansara from Danish club FC Vestsjaelland. Gary Mills is the only dedicated new midfielder although Bore can play there when he is of a mind. New striker Ricky Miller has been at the club before, he joins a pacey pack of forwards who could trouble the Imps tomorrow. Greene plays a pacey 3-5-2 who pass, but they can also compete and mix it up a treat.
Conor Marshall, Scott Garner, Carl Piergianni
Peter Bore Ian Ross Ben Milnes, Netan Sansara;
Marc Newsham, SWD / Ricky Miller
Boston have managed to ride an incredible financial storm and a demoralising double demotion under the generous stewardship of Chestnut Homes chairman David Newton, who kept to his promises at that famous press conference when he took over the club. in the summer of 2007
David Newton said: “… we are happy to sit here today and make certain pledges to the loyal supporters of the club. While we are involved in the club, the club will be whiter than white. While we are here, everyone will be paid. We will be prudent in the management of the club’s finances. We will strive for excellence on and off the pitch. As finances permit, we will develop the youth side of the club, and if managed well that should pay dividends in the medium to long term for the club. Above all, we will try to rebuild the reputation of this football club.2
Mr Newton Told BBC Lincolnshire recently that Greene’s arrival had boosted everyone at the club and he said they are already focused on challenging for the play-offs next season.
“That’s what we all want,” Newton said. “We are all in agreement of what needs to be done and Dennis is quite confident he can turn things around.”
Mr Newton said the atmosphere around the club appeared to be more positive since Greene took charge of the team.
“He is a nice guy, he has quite a relaxed style which suits the fans and players, but he is also confident. He has a good track record and is confident he can get the right players to be more successful,” he added.
“He is the sort of guy I would want to play for that and that is the case with the players. He fills people with confidence and that is half of it. He lets people play and he wants to play football.”
Sounds like someone we know at Lincoln. It has been a struggle but the bad times now seem to be behind both clubs. Boston are looking good for Skrill North glory this season, with some impressive wins including a 3-1 win over Mansfield, although they too lost 2-1 at the Gingerbread men of Grantham. As for the Imps the sun is out the sky is blue and there does not appear to be a cloud to spoil the view….except fourfourtwo.
Fortunately neither of these sides play that formation.