A Paul Beesley hat-trick knocked Boston United out of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup last night.
For the second year in a row, Gainborough Trinity arrived at the Jakemans Stadium and dumped the Pilgrims out of the competition at the first hurdle.
Twelve months ago it was Pilgrims old boys Mark Jones and John Williams who found the net, but yesterday belonged very much to Beesley.
Michael Emery, who had a previous spell on the books of Boston, had denied Jamie McGhee three times before the Blues took the lead.
Beesley’s 11th-minute effort took enough of a deflection to beat Sam Vince in the United goal.
The Pilgrims drew level just before the half-hour mark as Carl Piergianni headed home Zak Mills’ long throw.
Trinity were back in front as Beesley finished from close range in the 59th minute.
United then saw Mills dismissed for his second bookable offence before the Trinity man completed his treble at the death, rounding Vince to stroke home.
UNITED: Vince, Mills, Watson (Fallah 69), Piergianni, Reynolds, McGhee, Dowie, Marshall (Meadows 69), Steer, Garner, Southwell; Subs (not used): Barlow, Smythe, Hollingsworth.
TRINITY: Emery, Roma, Picton, Quinn, Lacey, Roberts, Russell (Binns 76), Toner, Higginson, Stamp, Beesley; Subs (not used): Davie, Davis, Wisdom-Lockwood, Plumtree.
Ref: Josh Smith.