Saturday, 5th September 2015
Boston Town
2 : 4
Great Yarmouth

Boston Town 2, Great Yarmouth 4

Poachers crash out of the FA Vase to Eastern Counties League rivals

Boston Town 2, Great Yarmouth 4

Boston Town suffered an agonising defeat to Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday with two late goals securing the win for the Norfolk side. With the final scoreline not reflecting the balance of play Boston had a potential spot in the next round of the FA vase snatched away from them with the heartbreak of goals in the 88th and 90th minute.

Boston looked the better team for much of the game but couldn’t convert numerous chances to put themselves out of sight especially when leading 2-1. However some decisive individual performances contributed to a thrilling game with Boston keeper Doughty pulling off some terrific saves and Terry Fleming adding experience and solidity to the midfield. The away side also showed flair within their ranks with Deeks having a fantastic game at the heart of the midfield and forward Cullumbine creating problems for the Boston defence.

The game began with a nervy start from both sides seeing little creativity or goal scoring opportunities. However in the 17th minute the game came to life when Doughty saved superbly from Forbes who was one on one with him. This appeared to strike up the two sides' ferocity and opened up the door for a physical, fast flowing game. It didn’t take long for the first goal to come and it was the home side who struck first in the 20th minute. A clever Wightwick back heel to Borbely on the left wing gave the midfielder the opportunity to provide a pin point ball into the box which Eyett converted with excellent looped header. Despite this, the away side reacted in style with a stunning strike in the 24th minute from Deeks from just outside the area which flew into the top corner.

The first half came to a close having seen an excellent strike from the Great Yarmouth striker Forbes who connected perfectly with a high ball, forcing a magnificent save from Doughty who finger-tipped the shot onto the left hand post.

The second half started with a high tempo similar to that of the end of the first half. The positive approach soon paid off with Boston scoring their second in the 49th minute through Jack Wightwick. Another superb cross from Borbely swinging low from the right wing was calmly slotted home by the oncoming Wightwick to put Boston 2-1 up. The end-to-end battle continued throughout the second half with Doughty pulling off yet another tremendous save from a Cullumbine shot after the player got behind the home side's defence. Similarly in the 71st minute Fleming slipped a through ball to Beck who timed his run superbly but couldn’t capitalize on the one on one with Hembling who saved his effort expertly with his legs.

The game seemed to be heading in Boston’s favour but such a positive performance collapsed on its feet. The substitution of Terry Fleming appeared to leave a hole in the midfield to which Yarmouth countered upon with a crushing attacking finale. In the 78th minute the visitors equalised as McAvoy stood unmarked at the back post to strike past Doughty who couldn’t quite steer the effort wide. From this point on the Norfolk seasiders never looked back, putting themselves firmly in control. The crushing blow came in the 88th minute. Forbes slotted the ball into the bottom right corner after Deeks played a delicious through ball severing the Boston Town defence and thwarting the home fans' hope of reaching the next stage in the Vase. It didn’t take long to rub salt in the wounds as a further goal was conceded on 89 minutes due to Boston throwing everyone forward.  Another fine ball by Deeks over the top was converted from 35 yards by Cullumbine with Doughty stranded.

The defeat gives the Poachers the dubious distinction of having gone  out of both the FA Cup and Vase this season at the first hurdle, something which club historians are struggling to remember when this has happened before (I'm onto it! - Ed). The only consolation is Boston can now put more concentration into achieving a high finish in the league.

Town: Doughty, Lambley, Parker, Fleming (Kennedy), Ashton, Stevens, Eyett, Ford (Wood), Beck, Borbely (Battersby), Wightwick; unused subs: Doherty, Basker

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