Saturday, 10th August 2013
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Boston Town 1, Cogenhoe 3

Poachers defeated in opening league fixture

Boston Town 1, Cogenhoe 3

Poachers joint boss Ian Dunn was left fuming after his Town side were out-muscled and out-performed in their opening United Counties League Premier Division fixture.

And things got off to a disastrous start when they lost new striker Micky Stones to injury after barely seconds as a result of a robust Cogenhoe challenge.

The visitors started the better of the two sides with first Luke Wilson, then Jason Field, making important clearances.
It would be 12 minutes before Town made any inroads, with Lorand Borbely's twisting run falling for Liam Nimmo whose shot was well blocked by a Cooks defender.

On 13 minutes Town lost possession and from the ensuing break former Northampton Town striker Courtney Herbert latched on to a loose ball, his long rage shot giving home custodian Ricky Drury no chance. Play was end to end and the vistors nearly doubled their advantage on 16 minutes.

Josh Ford and Borbely combined neatly five minutes later but the latter's cross  was too close to the keeper. The impressive Herbert put in a more telling cross on the Cooks' next attack, forcing Michael Wood to head behind. Liam Bull repeated the feat minutes later after another Cogenhoe break, after Field's free kick had been well saved.

As the half wore down Callum Stocks began to cause problems down the Cogenhoe left flank but he could not find his forwards.
On 42 minutes Bull was caught in possession outside his own area but Cogenhoe squandered their opportunity. Wilson had to come to his side's rescue again moments later as confusion reigned in the home defence. Some trickery by Ford and a dangerous cross from Field forced the visitors to head behind but, as a futher smack in the face, Cogenhoe went on to break down the field and Drury's poin blank save fell to a visiting striker to give Cogenhoe a 2-0 half time lead.

The frenetic end to end play of the first period continued after the break, with Town making sorties to inside their opponents' area but not making the telling finish. Lawrence Lambley on one such - but all too infrequent - raids forced another Town corner on 48 minutes. Borbely set up Ford on their next attack only for the 24-goal man from last season to mishit his shot.

Wilson made way for Fraser Bayliss on 51 minutes, and it was the 17 year old who featured minutes later in the game's most controversial moment as he was floored by a flailing elbow, a blatant red-card offence missed by referee O'Sullivan. It clearly wasn't going to be the Poachers' day. Drury kept the scoreline down to 2-0 with a fine save on 60 minutes, but could do nothing about it when his defence were sprung by another quick Cooks break and Herbert fired home for his second of the game.

Another world class save by drury seemed to spur the Poachers on and they started to play their best football of the afternoon. On 67 minutes forced a corner and from an ensuing cross a luckess Cogenhoe defended cleared the ball against his own hand. Ford converted the penalty.

With Town now dominating, Nimmo's overhead kick went just over and minutes later he headed over Bull's cross. Stocks had been replaced by 16 year old George Stainfield who, with the exuberance of youth, set about running at the Cooks defence. One such run led to a free kick, with Bull just failing to dip the ball under the bar.

On 89 minutes the luckless Ford pivoted and struck the post from the edge of the area, and that would be Town's last chance before time expired.

Joint manager Dunn was left to contemplate a disappointing season-opener:  “We made three basic errors for the goals that you can’t afford to make at this level.

“That performance was simply not good enough.

“You get out what you put in and we got exactly what we deserved - nothing.”

There was a healthy crowd of 120 at Tattershall Road on Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, when the Poachers were one of 150 clubs chosen to take part in the celebration of grassroots football.

TOWN: Drury, Lambley, Field, Pinner, Wood, Wilson (Bayliss), Ford, Borbely, Stones (Bull), Nimmo, Stocks (Stainfield)
Subs (not used): Leggett, Dunn.

Photo (C) Matthew Povey

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