Poachers 2, Boston United 1

By Tom Carter

The Poachers beat the Pilgrims for only the third time in their history in the first meeting between the clubs in 5 years.

On a perfect night for football, Boston Town continued their pre-season campaign at home to local neighbours, Boston United. The night before, United had played a full strength team against Gainsborough Trinity so the Pilgrims fielded a team of trialists plus Owen Sheriff and former Poacher, Finlay Armond. With Town fielding a full strength side, would they be able to get the upper hand over the young Pilgrims?

After 10 minutes, a goalkeeping error from United saw Harry Limb find Lee Beeson who squared the ball into the middle but unfortunately no one was there to tap home. It was a half of little chances with the away team in pink passing the ball around well across the back line but with 9 minutes to go, a dancing run on the left by Fraser Bayliss saw the ball get put across the goal line and eventually Limb shot home to put the Poachers into the lead. 1-0.

Just before the half time whistle, Limb had a chance again but this time hit the ball onto the bar from a fantastic cross from Beeson. At half time, Town led in the derby 1-0.

In the second 45, the Pilgrims were the better side but it was the Poachers who got the first chance, Seven minutes into the half. It was another great move from Fraser Bayliss in the centre of the pitch, he found Beeson who played the ball into the area. The original shot was saved by the United keeper onto the post but Limb was there again to make sure the ball crossed the line. The Poachers led 2-0. Boston United didn’t take long to respond as only 4 minutes later, a corner was swung in and headed home from one of the trialists. It was game on with plenty of time left. 2-1 was the score.

From then on, the Pilgrims dominated the game with Town having little chances. Goalkeeper for Town, Travis Portas was subbed off and a new second keeper (still to be named) came on and made some blinding saves to deny the Pilgrims from equalising. The Poachers managed to hang on for the win and won 2-1 with Harry Limb getting both goals.

The Poachers now play away at Fishtoft on Saturday (16 July).

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