Spencer strikes in crucial United win

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BLUE SQUARE BET NORTH

GLOUCESTER CITY 0

BOSTON UNITED 1 (WEIR-DALEY 23)

SPENCER Weir-Daley continued his hot scoring streak by striking the only goal of the game in Saturday’s victory over Gloucester City.

Played on the home ground of Cheltenham Town, the Pilgrims travelled with vivid memories of Whaddon Road.

It was the venue where the club played their first match under the ownership of much-maligned chairman Jon Sotnick in 2004, before heading back later in the same year to hand Paul Gascoigne his Boston United debut.

This January 2011 encounter was much more low-key and Weir-Daley’s 10th goal of the campaign settled the clash in United’s favour.

The Pilgrims were dominant from the off and could have taken the lead before their 23rd minute breakthrough.

Weir-Daley had seen an effort hacked off the line by Tom Hamblin before being denied by keeper Kevin Sawyer.

The only goal arrived midway through the first half, with Weir-Daley prodding the ball home after Mikel Suarez had nodded down Gareth Jelleyman’s left-wing cross.

The Tigers roared back with Hector Mackie striking the crossbar and Tom Webb drilling off target when well-placed.

After the break, Weir-Daley saw two chances denied by Sawyer, while a Nathan Koranteng blockbuster was tipped over too.

Miles Hunter was denied a stonewall penalty in stoppage time, but the Pilgrims deservedly claimed all three points after Dan Haystead had made a good save with his legs to deny sub Darren Edwards.

Boston: Haystead, Cullingworth, Jelleyman, Church, Nyoni, Canoville, Semple, Clarke, Suarez (Davidson 76), Weir-Daley (Hunter 90), Koranteng (Sleath 67). Subs (not used): Ashton, Newsham.

Referee: Matthew Wilkes

Attendance: 385