BOSTON SATURDAY LEAGUE: Festive victories for Benington and Leverton

Tom Baxter.
Tom Baxter.

There were only nine scheduled matches due to be played in the Boston Saturday League this weekend as many clubs opted to have a blank in the schedule during the Christmas and New Year break.

But after the heavy overnight wintry downpours of Friday night, only two games survived.

At Benington, their Premier Division clash with Fishtoft was one such match which did go ahead after some sterling work from club stalwart Jim Bedford.

Jim, who was celebrating his 40th birthday on matchday, braved the elements to fork away the standing water from the pitch and his efforts were rewarded with his side’s best performance of the season.

Tom Baxter set the hosts on their way by firing home a free-kick.

And that opener was the only goal of the first period, giving Benington a 1-0 half-time lead.

Gavin Bell doubled Benington’s lead after the break with a fine finish following a mazy run before a stunning save from home goalkeeper Ricky

Lovelace thwarted any hopes of a Fishtoft fightback.

Matthew Howard added a third with Daniel Busch capping a fine team display with a fourth and final goal.

The heavyweight clash between Boston College and Leverton in Division Two was an enthralling encounter with the College drawing first blood as they looked to avenge their defeat at Sheepgate back in September.

The hosts duly took the lead from a goalmouth scramble after 15 minutes with the ball eventually trickling into the Leverton net.

Leverton struck back with a wonderful effort when Nathan Rippin levelled with a real goal of the season contender - Rippin’s Rocket flying into net to level the scores.

A real battle then ensued, with both teams looking to strike the next killer-blow.

Leverton striker Andy Brown then curled home a free-kick to edge the league leaders ahead before the referee blew for half time.

The second half was played out in the same style as the first, with both teams looking to land the next meaningful blow.

That blow came from Leverton, and it was that man Rippin once again, his looping header nestling into the top corner.

The visitors then upped their game once more to punish the beleaguered hosts further with Rippin completing his hat-trick and putting the result beyond any doubt.