Price is right! Boston United under 18s book place in round three of FA Youth Cup

Elliott Price celebrates scoring United's opener while, below, James Reed strikes at goal, before signalling his goal. Photos: David Shipman.
Elliott Price celebrates scoring United's opener while, below, James Reed strikes at goal, before signalling his goal. Photos: David Shipman.

BOSTON United’s under 18s booked their place in round three of the FA Youth Cup after coming from behind to defeat Bradford City.

Strikes from Elliott Price and James Reed did the damage at York Street last night - to set up a mouthwatering clash against the youngsters from Championship side Burnley.

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City took a first half leaf through Adam Baker, who left keeper Marc Hipwell with no chance from close range as he latched onto Connor Bower’s cross.

But Boston refused to give up and were level before the break following a moment on inspiration from Price.

The youngster picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and unleashed a thunderous effort that left Bradford’s Callum Tongue with no chance.

As the match wore on, City - who play in a division higher than Boston - looked to dominate the game, with Hipwell forced to make a number of superb saves to keep his side in it.

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But United again showed that spirit which saw them defeat Burton Albion in the previous round.

Their togetherness again showed as they refused to buckle and eventually took the lead when Reed found space to turn and shoot inside the Bradford penalty area, beating Tongue with a powerful low drive which nestled into the corner of the net.

Once again, City pushed on and United defended frantically throughout the six-plus-minutes of time added on.

Charley Sanders almost added to Boston’s tally with a brave diving header which just flew inches off target.

At the other end, Bradford thought they had levelled from a controversial free kick, but Nathan Lawless’ deadball strike went wide of the upright with Hipwell rooted.

But that was the visitors’ final throw of the dice, as Steve Welsh and Micky Nuttell’s Pilgrims held on for a memorable victory in front of a crowd of 437.

The date for the arrival of Burnley is yet to be set, but must be played before December 17.

UNITED: Marc Hipwell, Niall Delahoy, Lewis Sturman, Jordan Nuttell, Charlie Rossington, James Reed, Elliott Price, Jake Beauchamp, Joe Briers, Charley Sanders, James Tricks; Subs (not used): Stuart Whitaker, Todd Devlin, Scott Langan, Jake Platten, Jordan Lote.

BRADFORD: Callum Tongue, Rob Hiza (Andrew Boote 53), Declan McGivern, Kyle Harrison, Nathan Lawless, Tom Marshall, James Nanje-Ngoe, Scott Brown, Connor Bower, Adam Baker, Forrayh Bass (Connor Erangey 84). Sub (not used): Alex Metcalf.