Boston Saturday Football League season review: Premier Division

Curtis Yeatman, pictured playing for Wyberton last season.
Curtis Yeatman, pictured playing for Wyberton last season.

Neil Johnson looks back at the Boston Saturday Football League season, beginning with the Taylors Garages Premier Division...

The season kicked off on the final Saturday of August last year with only 11 games - including just one Premier fixture, Old Doningtonians versus Swineshead Institute.

Kirton v Freiston.

Kirton v Freiston.

Former Lincs League outfit Swineshead got off to a storming start with a 6-2 away win, and it looked like they would be strong contenders for silverware.

Amazingly, Freiston started the following week with a creditable 3-3 draw at Swineshead.

But, unfortunately, that was to be just one of a few highlights for the visitors.

Wyberton’s new manager, Gary Frost, fully vindicated his decision to jump ship from Tavern Colts’ by guiding his team through what turned out to be an unforgettable campaign.

Wyberton were crowned champions after going through the whole season without dropping a point.

They gained their first three-point haul with a 2-1 home win against Pointon, and this turned out to be a very familiar scenario throughout the coming weeks and months.

Fishtoft didn’t get going until week three, where a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Wyberton started a miserable run which continued until Christmas before they finally found some decent form and moved rapidly away from the foot of the table.

Both Spilsby Town and Old Doningtonians experienced mixed fortunes during the season, but when they met towards the end of September, Jordan Smith struck all five goals for Spilsby in a 5-1 home win.

On the same day Wyberton won 12-1 at Freiston, with Dan White and Ben Jaques grabbing hat-tricks.

Swineshead remained in the hunt at the top with a 3-1 away win at Skegness Town Reserves, with Chris Wing hitting all of the goals in mid-November.

The lead-up to Christmas saw heavy rainfall cause disruption to the fixture list and several teams were able to give their players time off for Christmas shopping.

Wyberton had a great 3-0 away win at Billinghay early in January and the momentum carried on with an impressive 3-2 victory over Benington on February 2.

On the same day, Swineshead went down to a 2-0 home defeat against Billinghay.

Wyberton swept Kirton aside at the end of February, storming into a 6-0 half-time lead and eventually winning 7-2 with Curtis Yeatman claiming a hat-trick.

There was no stopping Wyberton as the season entered the closing stages, with victory following victory – a 7-1 home win against Old Doningtonians in March and an 8-0 midweek home win against Freiston (another Dan White hat-trick) put the title out of reach of everyone else.

Freiston, on the other hand, finally had something to cheer about when a 2-1 home win against Old Dons at the end of April gave them their first three-point haul of the season, but they still finished well adrift at the foot of the table.

Pointon endured a torrid time after an excellent debut season the year before, and surprisingly finished second from bottom with the final nail in the coffin coming when Wyberton claimed their perfect 22 following a 2-1 away win.