Thursday, November 27, 2008

Trophy joy for Pilgrims

07:00 - 27 November 2008

Boston United caretaker boss Steve Welsh heaped praise on his players after the Pilgrims stormed into the first round proper of the FA Trophy.

A brace from defender Liam Parker following Ollie Ryan's opener secured Boston a 3-1 win at FC United of Manchester last night.

The third qualifying round victory, their first since former manager Tommy Taylor's departure earlier this month, secured the Pilgrims a date with AFC Telford at York Street on December 13.

"I thought it was a deserved victory" said a delighted Welsh, who boldly switched to a 3-5-2 formation last night.

"We had to weather a storm in the first 20-25 minutes and Martin Margarson had to make a couple of fine saves.

"But as the players got used to the system, we became more comfortable.

"This has nothing to do with me, it's about the players. They were magnificent."

Welsh has made it clear he wants the job on a full-time basis, but insists he is focusing on Saturday's home game with Whitby in the UniBond League Premier Division.

"I'm just going to carry on until I'm told otherwise by the chairman" said Welsh.

"All that will take care of itself. The only thing I'm focusing on is Saturday's game.

We're looking forward to playing Telford in the next round. It will be a great day.

"But the league is our bread and butter and the Whitby game is the most important one. We need a win."