03 Aug 2019 in Match Reports
Gary Edgley was pleased with a point as his side defied the odds on day one of the new season.
Liam Tunstall opened his account for the season to give the visitors a great start but Harborough, who have a formidable home record on their artificial surface, levelled before the break.
With regular keeper Travis Portas unavailable along with Lee Beeson, Fraser Bayliss, Dan Moulds and Alex Beck, the Poachers suffered a further blow when stand-in Mike Emery was concussed and had to be replaced between the sticks by the ever versatile Ollie Pinner.
Edgley said: "I was so proud of my players today to go to a very good team who play on a 4G pitch and get a point.
"We lost our stand-in keeper at half time with concussion so Boston Town legend Ollie Pinner stepped in - he was actually ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury and was only named on the bench so he could sit with us!
"I also had nearly all my new summer signings missing so not a bad start to the season, especially seeing as last year Harborough comprehensively beat us home and away. But we are a different team this year - we are a strong squad that has great strength in depth and we went there confident of getting three points.
"We took the lead from a good set piece but then conceded a sloppy goal which was well taken by Harborough. When you play them on the 4G they will always have the lion's share of possession as they use the surface so well and the last 15 minutes of the 1st half they put us under extreme pressure.
"I made two changes at half-time, one forced (the keeper injury) and the other a tactical one. We also moved a couple of players around and in the second half we looked much better, closing the play down and plugging all the holes. I said to the players we would finish the stronger and in the last 15 minutes we had three chances - one of which we have to score from - and a very good penalty appeal turned down.
"But in all fairness a draw was the right result and I’m pleased to get a point from a team that will take a lot of beating on their home pitch and look to be in for another good season - but a point is a point and we are off and running."
Town: Emery, Harris, Borbely, Cunliffe, Tate, Watkins, Shipley, Neil, Ford, White, Tunstall
Subs used: Muirhead, Turki, Pinner; sub unused: Potts