King's Lynn 0 Boston United 0
14th July 2006
THE Linnets can win the British Gas Southern League
Premier Division title next season.
That was the verdict of Boston United boss Steve Evans
after watching Lynn hold his League Two side to a
goalless draw in Monday's pre-season clash at The Walks.
Evans, who took Boston from non-league obscurity to the
Football League in the space of a few seasons said: "I'm
in no doubt that King's Lynn can win the title.
"If I was the manager at Lynn I'd be shouting from the
rooftops with the squad he has assembled.
"They've got a real nice blend of youth and experience
in the side.
"They look a lot stronger and there's a lot more height
in the side.
"Lynn have got strength and stamina at the back and
Shaun Marshall has given them a nice presence in goal."
Evans added: "The fans at Lynn deserve it and it's now
up to them to play their part.
"They have to come out and back the team and live the
dream of winning the title together.
"People tend to forget that we were in the same league
as Lynn a few years ago and in the space of a few
seasons we were in the Football League.
"There's no reason why the same thing couldn't happen at
"They have a fantastic chairman and board and with
somebody like Michael Chinn coming on board, it has only
helped their cause.
"Michael is a very wealthy man and it's brilliant that
he can help Lynn, as well as still support and sponsor
Boston United at the same time.
"The platform at Lynn is now there, it is just waiting
for the lid to come off.
"It's now up to Tommy (Taylor) and his backroom team to
get their part of the job right."
Evans left The Walks a relieved man on Monday after
seeing Lynn push his side hard for long periods of the
Lynn twice hit the woodwork against the Pilgrims, whose
line-up contained the likes of Julian Joachim, Anthony
Elding, Tim Ryan, Mark Albrighton and David Galbraith.
Midfield target Ashley Nicholls, who impressed
throughout, was one of the men to hit the Boston bar,
while the lively Michael Frew suffered the same fate
with a delightful chip from a long Shaun Marshall
goal-kick in the second half.
Defender Grant Cooper, who looked assured at the back
with new partner Mark Warren, saw a 30-yard volley just
whistle wide, while Jack Defty and Nicholls had other
chances to break the deadlock.
Boston's best efforts came from both Joachim and Elding,
but they rarely looked like finding a way past a
confident Marshall, who commanded his area with ease – a
sight not witnessed by Lynn fans for a number of years.
Former Linnet Paul Raynor, now assistant manager with
Boston United, made a surprise second half appearance
for the Pilgrims, while Shaun Carey played his first
game of the close season for Lynn, coming on as a
replacement for Mark Camm in the 49th minute.
: Marshall, West, Smith, Warren, Cooper, Camm (Carey 49), Nicholls
(Harvey 77), Kennedy (C Defty 72), O'Halloran (Fell 72), Frew, J Defty (Hyde
66). Subs (not used): Benstead, Peters, Bailey.
: Kirby, Harper, Albrighton (Chinn 46), Stevens, T. Ryan (Mitchell
46); Hall (Martin 46, Joyce 88), R. Ryan (Joyce 31, Talbot 46), Cook (Raynor
46), Galbraith (Brooks 46); Joachim (Forbes 46), Elding (Kinch 66).
Sub (not used): Doughty.
Referee: G. Sandall (Norwich).
MoM: Ashley Nicholls.