CURZON ASHTON 0 BOSTON UNITED 2: Jones and Hilliard strike to move the Pilgrims up to third

Fabian Spiess.
Fabian Spiess.

Boston United climbed up to third in the National League North after grinding out a 2-0 victory at Curzon Ashton.

Mark Jones added another collectors’ item to his scrapbook and Lewis Hilliard found himself on the scoresheet yet again.

Mark Jones.

Mark Jones.

The slippery surface certainly played its part in the match and, at times, it wasn’t pretty from Boston as passes went astray and control appeared to be lacking.

But as the full-time whistle blew the Pilgrims deservedly claimed the points as two moments of quality settled the contest and the defence held firm, leaving debutant keeper Fabian Spiess with just one save of note to make.

Boston began the match in full control, but when John Sands burst through on goal and Jones connected with Jay Rollins’ cross neither could guide their efforts on target.

Jones then found himself in the book when he went down in the box, despite the striker arguing he should instead have been given a penalty after he nipped in between keeper and defender before crashing to the ground.

Lewis Hilliard saw a dipping volley land over the bar and Sands’ goalbound strike was blocked before Boston had a second penalty appeal turned down.

Grant Roberts looked to be clipped by Alex Brown in the penalty area, but Iain Turner again refused to blow his whistle.

For The Nash, Connor Hampson saw a cross-shot flash wide and Joe Guest’s close-range effort was blocked by the legs of Boston debutant Fabian Spiess.

As the half drew to a close Matthew Warburton powered a header off target.

But four minutes after the re-start Jones hammered the Pilgrims in front.

Collecting Liam Marrs’ through ball with his back to goal, the forward turned and fired a powerful low fizzing strike which skipped off the moist surface and beat Hakan Burton from 25 yards.

The Nash looked to pull level as Ryan Brooke flashed a low cross through a busy penalty area before the same player teed up Warburton, whose volley found the side netting.

That lead was doubled in the 70th minute as Hilliard scored his third goal for the Pilgrims.

Jordan Richards’ ball-winning tackle and Grant Roberts’ neat pass teed up the midfielder, whose effort from the right-hand side skimmed across the line despite Burton getting a hand to the strike.

The Nash don’t appear to know what beaten means and continued to push on, Tomsett next to try his luck with a powerful effort from distance which rose over Spiess’ bar.

With Nuneaton without a match this afternoon, the Pilgrims took full advantage to move up a place in the standings.

CURZON: Burton, Wright, Hampson, Hunt, Shaw, Rowney, Guest (Norton 77), Brown, Warburton, Tomsett, Brooke (Cummins 77); Subs (not used): Mason, Eckersley, Woodford.

UNITED: Spiess, Mills, Garner, Piergianni, Marrs, Hilliard, Richards, Roberts, M. Jones, Sands (Johnson 73), Rollins; Subs (not used): Robbins, Green, Ross, Alexander.

Ref: Iain Turner.

Att: 377.