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Page last updated at 12:34 GMT, Sunday, 26 April 2009 13:34 UK

Pilgrims joy at last-day survival

Jon Froggatt
Jon Froggatt kept his cool to score from the penalty spot

Boston United manager Steve Welsh praised his players after they got the win which kept them in the Unibond Premier League.

Jon Froggatt's sixth-minute penalty gave the Pilgrims a 1-0 win over demoted Cammell Laird at York Street.

Welsh told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: "The game was really awful. It was a typical, end of season nervy game.

"I knew we were strong enough and good enough to do it and that's what we've done," he added.

More than 1,500 watched the game and Froggatt paid tribute to the club's fans.

I'm more relieved than pleased because it's not been a good season, but we've done it and that was the main thing

Chairman David Newton

"I'm just so pleased for everyone here at the club and I'm so pleased for the fans. They're absolutely fantastic and they do make a difference. I'm just so pleased everything's finished well," the striker said.

The Pilgrims have had a torrid time since being relegated from the Football League two years ago.

They were further demoted by the football authorities from Blue Square Premier to Blue Square North because of the terms of their administration and then demoted again to the Unibond League for failing to meet a deadline for exiting their administration by days.

David Newton, the club's chairman who saved Boston from going out of business, says he hopes the weekend success is the start of a move back up the leagues.

"I can't say I'm pleased. I'm more relieved than pleased because it's not been a good season, but we've done it and that was the main thing," he told BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

"It's a really important victory because it wasn't just stopping one relegation, it was stopping the slide of the club really and I don't think people realised how important that was."



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