Poachers 2, Harrowby 3

By Tom Carter

The last 10 minutes saw a dramatic end to the game which resulted an opening pre-season defeat for Martyn Bunce’s Boston Town.

These sides both met last season at Harrowby’s place, Dickens Road, and ended in a shock defeat for the Poachers as they lost 4-0 to the hosts. This time, Boston had a new manager, a few new players with a few returning plus a home advantage. Could they avoid defeat to Harrowby again?

Harrowby had the opening chance of the game. The ball was shot onto the crossbar by the visitors and the rebound was saved fantastically by Travis Portas, the Town goalkeeper. Boston did still dangerous going forward but it was the visitors who got the first goal. One of their trialists slotted the ball past Portas and put the Arrows into the lead with only 12 minutes gone.

Two minutes later, the Poachers responded well with Harry Limb (Boston’s top scorer from last season) shot onto the cross bar and they hit the woodwork again when Fraser Bayliss’ shot hit the near post from a tight angle. In the 36th minute, Lee Beeson’s corner found Limb at the back post who put the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1. Beeson appealed for a penalty just before the break but his appeals were waved away by the referee, despite looking like a clear spot kick. Half Time was 1-1.

The second half’s excitement only came in the last 10 minutes. A mazy run by Bayliss saw his shot hit the post but end in the net with 10 minutes to go. The Poachers led 2-1 but Harrowby responded almost instantly. A brilliant cross was whipped into the box and found the head of the forward who nodded the ball to it make 2-2.

The friendly was into injury time with the score looking like to be a draw but Harrowby found one last chance and they shot the ball into the far corner of the goal and practically won it at the death. Full Time was Boston Town 2-3 Harrowby United. Martyn Bunce’s first game as Poachers boss ends in defeat.

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