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Boss Greene confident in cool-headed teenager Sam

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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Teenage goalkeeper Sam Vince has been given the thumbs up by Boston United boss Dennis Greene as he gets set for another FA Trophy encounter.

The 17-year-old will once again be taking up the job between the sticks as he replaces regular stopper Lewis King, who is cup-tied for the trip to Tamworth on Saturday.

So far the highly rated youngster has played in the 4-1 win over Redditch at the Jakemans Stadium and also in the 2-1 win over Southport at Haig Avenue.

And while he has conceded a goal in each game, Greene believes Vince has looked in control and settled.

"Vince has done well. He's played in two FA Trophy games and he's conceded a goal in each of them, through no fault of his own," said Greene.

"He has looked really comfortable. The only time you worry about your goalkeeper is when you hear the opposition's dug out shouting out 'put it on their keeper, he's dodgy!'.

"However, Sam has not had that in either of those games, so he's doing well for a young lad."

Greene is wary of Tamworth's cup pedigree ahead of their FA Trophy clash on Saturday.

The Pilgrims travel to the Lambs for the second round tie following their superb 2-1 win over Skrill Premier side Southport.

And while Tamworth are currently sitting below Southport in the table, Greene is well aware the Staffordshire side had beaten Macclesfield 2-0 to secure their place in Saturday's tie and also reached the second round of the FA Cup where they lost 2-1 to Bristol City on Sunday.

"It seems to me, if you look at their results, and that's all I can do, it's consistency they lack," said Greene.

"They have had some great results. They have done well in the cup competitions, so they have it in them.

"However, there is a lack of consistency. That's probably why they are where they are, but they are capable otherwise they wouldn't be where they are in the cup competitions.

"We just hope we can go and catch them on a bad day."

Boston head into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat at Guiseley at the weekend in Skrill North.

The Pilgrims were undone seconds before half-time when a blistering effort from Danny Forrest clipped the inside of Lewis King's right-hand post and crashed into the net.

After the restart Boston put in a determined fight-back, with Spencer Weir-Daley having a great chance to draw level.

However, despite dominating possession, they could not find the equaliser and their five-game unbeaten run came to an end.

Captain Ian Ross revealed after the defeat he is desperate to get out and earn the three points that could put title-chasers Boston top of the league.

However, he is also relishing the chance to show Tamworth that he and his team-mates are deserving of a place in the Skrill Premier.

"The lads were disappointed after the final whistle. When you go on an unbeaten run and it comes to an end, it is disappointing," he said.

"However, we will pick ourselves up and hopefully go and get a win against Tamworth.

"The lads are brilliant and one of the best bunches I have ever played with. There is belief there and the banter is good – all things you need to do well. We've not quite made it against Guiseley, but we will pick ourselves up.

"I'd rather get back on the trail and try and get another three points. However, we've got Tamworth and we're full of confidence.

"I'm hoping we can go there and show them we are good enough to be in their league next year. We definitely have the qualities and we can string it together on the day."

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