Poachers 3, Harborough 3

29 Feb 2020 in Match Reports

Poachers 3, Harborough 3 Poachers 3, Harborough 3

It was the only fixture for miles around to survive the latest stormy weather - and both sides played their part in what turned out to be an entertaining affair.

With every other match in the league postponed, not to mention other local sides including Boston united, Skegness Town and Wyberton, it was to Boston Town's great credit that they managed to get this game on.

A healthier crowd than might have been expected enjoyed a ding-dong tussle on a pitch which stood up well despite the recent heavy rain.

Poachers boss Gary Edgley was frustrated though as his side led three times but were pegged back on each occasion.

Alex Beck put the hosts in front midway through the first half with a close range effort before Harborough equalised with a fine free-kick.

Fraser Bayliss scored arguably the best goal of the game on the half-hour mark when he collected a fine through ball on the left and finished with aplomb.

The Bees levelled again just before the interval however.

Richard Ford had a header cleared off the line early in the second half before Beck, visibly growing in confidence after his goal, made it 3-2. He whipped in his second of the game and 12th of the season after brave work by Luke White.

But once more the visitors refused to lie down, equalising again with a long shot that caught Travis Portas off guard.

The game became more stretched in the final quarter, with both sides intent on going for the win - but it was Boston who had the best chances, as Bayliss continued to menace on the left.

Robert Raducan had a couple of sniffs of goal after coming on as a sub but it was Beck who nearly snatched all three points in the dying minutes, first creating room for himself to fire a shot narrowly wide and then shooting the wrong side of the post when one-on-one with the keeper.

Town: Portas, Ford, Watkins, J Tate, West, Bayliss, Beeson (Armond), Pinner (Horton), Cunliffe, Beck, White (Raducan); unused subs: Muirhead, Borbely

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