Interim boss Martyn Bunce says the Boston United players gave him everything he asked for in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Stalybridge Celtic

Bunce was taking charge of his first game following the departure of former boss Dennis Greene last Monday. Despite taking an early lead with a maiden goal for the club by Lincoln City loanee Taylor Miles, the Pilgrims looked to be heading for defeat, trailing 3-2 with just minutes to go.

However, when Gregg Smith’s bullet shot came back off the Celtic keeper as far as Nat Brown who was lurking on the edge of the area, there was only ever going to be one outcome.

The veteran defender smashed the ball home and rescued a point for the Pilgrims.

“We showed a lot of spirit and that’s what we will continue to work on,” said Bunce. “If we can cut out those mistakes or the group can cut out those mistakes, we will climb the league table.

“Credit to the boys, I have been really pleased with what they gave me today. We asked for a bit more work rate and we asked for a better attitude and that’s what we got.

“Yes, we have to address one or two defensive issues, we know that but we asked for hard work and desire and that’s what we got.”

Celtic cancelled out Miles’ opener just before the half-hour mark through Dan Cockerline. The two teams went in at the break all square at 1-1, but just three minutes into the second half Danny Wilkins put the home side in front.

The impressive Gregg Smith levelled the game after 55 minutes but Celtic appeared to have sealed a win when Cockerline scored his side’s third just three minutes later.

United continued to push and, with just five minutes to go, Brown hammered home his equalising goal.

“The boys did look to be a bit worried about being brave in possession and there were times when we went from back to front and we looked a bit nervous to get on the ball,” added Bunce.

“But we kept going until the end and we got ourselves a point. It has been a hard week for everyone, Dennis (Greene) left on Monday, we travelled (to Witton Albion) on Tuesday, we trained on Thursday and it’s been a busy week of ups and downs.

“But when you get a response from the boys like that it really helps lift the camp.”


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