Simon Weaver slams Boston United antics against Harrogate Town

NADV 1402223AM1 H'gate Town V Boston United. (1402223AM1)
NADV 1402223AM1 H'gate Town V Boston United. (1402223AM1)

Simon Weaver has criticised Boston United manager Dennis Greene for the “embarrassing” antics that nearly abandoned Saturday’s crunch between the play-off hopefuls.

Town won the contest 4-0 but the match at the CNG Stadium was marred by unsavoury scenes as United ended with “six-and-a-half” men.

Two red cards in the opening 16 minutes preceded two further injuries for the Pilgrims after Greene had made all his substitutions, leaving Boston with just seven men.

Another casualty would have forced referee Mark Ackerman to end the tie.

And with United defender Stefan Galinski requiring treatment on an injured hamstring, the game almost came to an early halt.

Weaver said: “It was a crazy game. I have never seen anything like it. That type of game should not be happening.

“We are just delighted to have bagged the points but you shouldn’t have to be relieved the game had not been abandoned.”

Striker Chris Hall continued his fine run of scoring to bag a brace before captain Shane Killock added a third.

Winger Dom Rowe then sealed the win with a goal late on (full report page 101).

But afterwards, Greene accused Weaver of betraying an agreement to stop attacking his depleted outfit.

Weaver defended his side’s actions and said no such agreement had been made.

“How he (Greene) has managed to turn it into our fault is incredible. It beggars belief.

“He’s got to look at himself in the mirror. I have had other managers from across the league texting me to say, ‘incredible to hear what has happened’.

“Morally we were upstanding, fair and right. I couldn’t understand what he was saying on the side of the pitch.

“I was happy to keep the ball in our half but at no point did we say, ‘I agree that no player will go across the half way line’.

“He was worried about his goal difference.

“If the right opportunity arises you can’t stop attacking just because a guy is worried about his goal difference.

“It’s embarrassing.”

The victory moved Town, unbeaten in 2014, just one point below fifth-placed Boston.

And a win at fourth-placed Brackley Town this Saturday would guarantee Weaver’s men a spot in the play-off zone for the first time since September.

Adam Bolder will return to the squad after serving a three-match suspension.

Weaver added: “It’s another massive game.

“We have decent momentum but we don’t want to lose focus and think too far ahead.

“We have got into this situation with making everything a cup final.”

Town will take on Eccleshill United in the West Riding County Cup final, date yet to be announced. The NCEL First Division side beat Guiseley in the semifinal last week.