So that’s what it feels like! Boston United suffered their first defeat of the Skrill North season with a 3-0 drubbing at North Ferriby.
The hosts thoroughly deserved their victory as the Pilgrims failed to reach the standards set in their opening three matches.
Too often Boston resorted to the long ball. Whether that was down to a lack of discipline or tiredness is anyone’s guess, but the route one passes were comfortably dealt with by the Ferriby back line from start to finish.
The first half was far from the most entertaining half of football you’ll see this year, with both sides looking sluggish.
Of course, both sides were playing their fourth match in 10 days, and that perhaps helped the two defences to be on top for most of the opening 45.
Ferriby had an early chance when Liam King went through on goal, but as he looked to lob Ashley Timms he didn’t put enough dip on his effort.
Ex-Pilgrim Jamie Yates was getting his fair share of jeers from the travelling support, but came close when his 20-yard effort was held by Timms.
United’s only clear sight of goal in the first half came when Ricky Miller got the better of Danny Hone. But his strike from the edge of the penalty area curled away from the target.
Ferriby edged in front on 42 minutes when Gregg Anderson rose highest to head home Yates’ corner.
And 46 seconds after the interval the lead was doubled.
Nathan Jarman was afforded too much time at the back post and - after collecting Nathan Peat’s cross, which just evaded Carl Piergianni - he took one touch before drilling low beyond Timms.
Boston’s response was instant, but Adam Nicklin made his first save of the day to acrobatically tip Scott Garner’s header round his post.
Jarman should really have netted again when he made space to shoot. But from 12 yards out he bent his effort wide.
But he made sure when the ball landed at his feet in the 81st minute, Jarman connecting with Paul Robson’s cross and firing into the net.
Looking for some scant reward, Boston pushed on. But Garner’s header was off target and Ian Ross’ free kick had too much swerve.
FERRIBY: Nicklin, Robson, Peat, King (D’Laryea 76), Anderson, Hone, Clarke, Fry, Wilson (Kendall 67), Jarman, Yates; Subs (not used): Pecora, Belcher, Lisles.
UNITED: Timms, Bore, Sansara (Galinksi 65), Marshall, Garner, Piergianni, Ross, Milnes, Miller (Sanders 80), Newsham, Weir-Daley (Fairclough 65); Subs (not used): Reed, Vince.
Ref: David Richardson.