THE Linnets made a solid start to their pre-season on Saturday (17), holding
their Coca-Cola League Two near-neighbours.
The home side had the
best two chances in the second half when sub Robbie Harris brought off two
excellent saves from Nathan Abbey, the brother of Norwich City striker
It was the chance for fans to see Tony Battersby and keeper Aaron
Osborne for the first time and Danny Bloomfield making a return to the club.
Osborne did well when he played in the second half, but the other two had little
chance to impress in a tight game.
Former Linnet David Staff – on trial with
the Pilgrims – had a quiet game, only going on a couple of trademark runs, but
then it was not a day for the forwards.
Another ex-Walks favourite, Paul
Raynor, now coach at Boston, even made a late appearance after making some
familiar bellows from the sidelines.
Joint manager Darren Bloodworth said he
was especially pleased to keep a clean sheet, adding: "Our defence proved we can
cope without Glen Fuff. It was a major test for young Danny Hammond against
Jason Lee (ex-Nottingham Forest striker).
"Their keeper worked harder than
ours. Our fitness was a little bit further on than I thought. There were no
frills, we acquitted ourselves well especially without our two major transfer
"Mark Angel, the lad we want in to give us width, we said we weren't
going to risk his tight hamstring."
Joint boss Kevin Boon said one of the new
boys, Tony Battersby, will be a big hit, and added: "I thought in the second
half we played the better football. The sight of Steve Evans in the 89th minute
retrieving the ball for a throw showed how worried they were.
did exceptionally well first half."
Lynn: Wilson, Camm, Setchell, Burrows,
Hammond, Holmes, J. Defty, Fishlock, Battersby, Bloomfield, Stevenson. Subs:
Osborne, Jones, Blake, Bacon, Harris, C. Defty.
Boston: Abbey, Beavers,
Strong, Melton, Greaves, Ellander, Bernard, Thomas, Lee, Staff, Holland. Subs:
Noble, Rusk, McCann, Thompson, O'Haronan, Raynor, Norris. Referee: Jim Hubbard
(Leicester). Att: 742.