Boston Town 2 Boston United 0
ALEX Beck struck twice against his former club to earn Boston Town a 2-0 friendly victory over rivals United.
Beck slotted home in the 54th and 90th minutes to earn Martyn Lakin’s UCL Premier Poachers a deserved win against their Blue Square Bet North opponents.
Beck’s first saw him latch onto a loose ball in the Pilgrims’ penalty area before firing beyond the helpless Ricky Drury, in the United goal.
His second was a free header seconds before the final whistle.
United had the better of the opening exchanges as Ryan Semple’s clever 30-yard chip flew inches over Chris Wright’s crossbar, before the same player saw a left-footed curler comfortably caught.
As Town found their feet, Paul Bastock – between the sticks for the Pilgrims in the first half – used his legs to deny Danny Matson, who had latched onto Lorand Borbelly’s through ball.
Shane Clancy, another ex-Pilgrim, then saw his snapshot fly well off target.
Kevin Holsgrove came close to putting United in front after his curling effort narrowly missed the target.
After the break, Holsgrove should have put United ahead as he skipped past Clancy and Michael Wood.
But held onto the ball too long before his outside-of-the-boot effort was comfortably blocked by Wright.
And two minutes later, United were ruing that complacency as Beck fired Town ahead.
Back came the Pilgrims, with a wave of chances as they looked to get back into the game.
However, some slack shooting and dogged defending kept them at bay.
Mickey Stones thought he should have been awarded a penalty after he went down under pressure from Ollie Pinner, but referee Steve Ross suggested the burly striker pick himself up and get on with the game.
While Town were operating as a solid unit, Danny Sleath was United’s stand-out player, looking the most likely to pull the amber side of town back into the contest.
However, he saw one long-range strike fly off target, another deflected away from danger and a third superbly saved by Wright.
With four minutes remaining, United substitute Mikel Suarez wasted a golden opportunity at Wright’s near post as he blazed his effort high and wide.
And, at the death, the put the icing n the cake for Town and compound United’s misery, Beck headed home number two.
TOWN: Wright, Clancy, Wood (King 70), Smith, Parker (Carr), Borbely (Foreman), Pinner, Beck, James (Ruck 64), Bull (Da Silva), Matson; Subs (not used): Vince, Penney, Greswell.
UNITED: Bastock (Drury HT), Fairclough (Millson 60), Canoville (Parker 60), Austin (Ward 60), Jelleyman (Field 60), Semple (Deane HT), Hall, Sleath, Holsgrove (Ogden 60), Stones, Joachim (Suarez 60).
Ref: Steve Ross.