Maddison faces challenge of attracting home fans

Boston United v Sleaford Town at Eslaforde Park, Sleaford.
Boston United v Sleaford Town at Eslaforde Park, Sleaford.
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SLEAFORD Town’s second friendly of the pre-season programme brought the visit of a Boston United squad to Eslaforde Park on Tuesday evening of last week.

The result was an emphatic six-nil win for the Pilgrims who showed the large gap in the quality of the two outfits.

Nonetheless, home manager Glen Maddison refused to be downcast and remained well pleased with the effort of his men.

“As in the Wisbech game we showed some naivety at times but perhaps we played only as well as we were allowed.

“Once again I thought there were some good performances with Richard Jackson, Shaun Popple, Nick Bishop and young Harry Millard doing well, while there was some quality football from Jason Sedlan,” said Maddison.

“Boston were much more clinical than us once in sight of goal and they did make the most of the openings.”

Town did strike the crossbar with a free-kick but there were very few other close calls.

Conversely, Town keeper Will Jones had to make a number of saves while his opposite number Dan Haystead and Ricky Drury in the second half were much less busy.

There were some quality players on view, notably United’s defender Stainfield who was in a mood to give nothing away.

Boston scored three goals each side of half-time, the first on 12 minutes with an own goal by full-back Ash Morrell.

Other Boston goals came from Weir-Daly and Newsham with two apiece and a cracker from Callum Smith.

It was good to see Eslaforde Park with such a good-sized crowd although it has to be said that the majority were with Boston United.

One of the pressures facing new manager Maddison is to turn Sleaford Town into a winning outfit and therefore improve the attendances, for there is nothing more likely to attract a crowd than a winning team. Whether or not he can do this without cash in hand to attract top players remains to be seen.

Town entertained Louth yesterday evening (Tuesday) and on Saturday they travel to March Town.