Saturday, 24th October 2015
Boston Town
2 : 3
Leicester Nirvana

Boston Town 2, Leicester Nirvana 3

Poachers beaten by leaders

Boston Town 2, Leicester Nirvana 3

Boston suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat on Saturday at the hands of league leaders Leicester Nirvana, writes Tristan Simpson.

A poor first half performance by Boston saw Nirvana in the ascendancy and the game looking out of sight before half time at 3-1. However as home fans got behind the players and Mark Angel’s half-time talk came into practice, the game appeared to change with all the emphasis being on the Leicester defence.

The first half kicked off and within the space of two minutes the in-form Nirvana side proved their top-of-the-table position taking the lead. A cross from the right wing was poorly defended by the Poachers defence, being carelessly cleared straight to the opposition's Will Gonga who unleashed a superb strike into the top corner.

Further woes came Boston’s way in the 15th minute when yet again the pace of the Leicester attack could not be contained by the Boston defence. After more poor defending Shaquille O’Neil Brook thundered the ball past Doughty taking a minor deflection on its way. Leicester’s clinical nature epitomised their outstanding form this season.

However in the 31st minute a shadow of hope came to the Poachers as Jordan Nuttell exhibited some fantastic work down the left wing, then cut into the box to slide the ball into the far corner. Despite this, Town's hope was short-lived as it only took two minutes before the away side yet again increased their lead.  A well-worked team goal saw the ball splayed across the pitch, before Mwanycngo accelerated down the right flank and slid the ball back to Morris to make the score 3-1. The half finished with what appeared to be a big penalty call for Boston on Wightwick with the referee simply waving away the protests.

Despite such a disappointing first half, the second half sprung to life quickly with Town seeming more inspired. On the 50th minute mark Beck had an excellent chance one-on-one with the keeper but, much to the annoyance of the home side, the ball bobbled as Beck struck and the shot went wide. However this only increased the growing Boston spirit. Yet again in the 74th minute Town passed up the opportunity to reduce the deficit; this time Jack Wightwick was released one-on-one with the keeper but struck a tame effort straight at the Nirvana shot stopper. But, as frustrations continued to mount Town's pressure finally paid off in the 80th minute. And it seemed Boston had yet again squandered a chance but the ball found its way to Beck who finally slotted the ball past the Leicester keeper to bring the score line back to 3-2 and herald an exciting finish to the game.

Continued pressure on the away side saw Kennedy sting the keeper’s finger tips late on. In the 90th minute Jordan Nuttell also had an excellent chance to equalize but it was not to be.

As the final whistle blew, the away side breathed a sigh of relief.

Such a marginal defeat will undoubtedly see the Poachers frustrated considering the numerous opportunities squandered to put the game out of sight of the in-form Leicester side.  The result and wins for other mid-table teams has left Boston 14th in the league table now, but after two narrow losses to the top two teams in the league, Mark Angel definitely has a lot of positives to reflect on.

Town: Doughty, Lambley (Jencsi), Parker, Borbely (Moore-Papworth), Wood, Ashton (Ford), Eyett, Kennedy, Beck, Nuttell, Wightwick

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