Newmarket 1 Boston Hockey Club Men 5: Stone and Wightman at the double

BRACES from Andy Stone and Richard Wightman helped Boston Hockey Club’s Firsts move up to fourth in the East Hockey League Division 5NW.

Cameron Salisbury also netted in the 5-1 victory at Newmarket.

Boston, made their longest trip of the season to take on rivals Newmarket, in a contest that could have gone either way.

From the off, Boston’s forwards were in an attacking mood.

With the pressure applied, Newmarket started making mistakes, and Boston quickly took the lead.

Cameron Salisbury’s cross was flicked in by Andy Stone after five minutes.

Boston were now playing with confidence, and Newmarket’s runs forward were thwarted by the defence, led superbly by Ben Carr.

Salisbury then finished from close range to make it 2-0.

However, the hosts did pull one back before the break.

A desperate lunge from Connor Gilbert and keeper Tim Carr could not prevent a strike evading Mark Haynes, who was covering on the goal line.

After the interval, Newmarket were enjoying possession following a tactical switch.

However, quick thinking by Ben Carr and Charlie Davy saw off the waves of attacks.

Meanwhile, counter attacks from Ian Sanderson and Callum Sims allowed Stone and Richard Wightman to extend the away side’s lead to 4-1.

With just seconds to go, Boston were determined not let the pressure die off.

The ball striking a defender’s foot in the Newmarket D gave the forwards another short-corner opportunity.

A clean strike out from Salisbury, a calm collection and pass from Haynes and adetermined strike from Wightman was enough to score with the final move of the game - Boston winning 5-1.

Players’ player was Ben Carr.

BOSTON: T. Carr, Haynes, Wightman, Barlow, B. Carr, Stone, Salisbury, Davey, Sims, Morawski, Sanderson, Gilbert.

On Saturday, Boston host unbeaten and league leaders Cambridge South Thirds.

Men’s training is held on Wednesday nights (7.30-9pm) and all abilities are welcome.

Foir details, contact Tim Carr on 07825 449 419.