Brad Beatson learned he was back in the Boston United team after receiving a text message from Karl Hawley.

The summer signing appeared to be out of favour after not featuring in nine consecutive games for the club.

But a message from caretaker boss Hawley – asking the former Sheffield Wednesday trainee whether he was comfortable playing in the heart of defence – made him realise his seven-week wait for first-team action was over.

Before last night, Beatson’s last appeared for the Pilgrims came in the 2-1 defeat at Bradford Park Avenue on September 11.

But last night he lined up alongside Brad McGowan to complete his first 90 minutes since the 2-1 victory over North Ferriby on September 5, the club’s last league win.

“I’m just happy to be playing football,” he said following the 1-0 defeat to Salford City, who moved to the top of the table.

“It gets frustrating when you’re in the stands or on the bench.

“But that’s football, you’ve just got to be working hard in training and waiting for that chance to come.”

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