Tamworth 2 Boston United 0: Lambs end Pilgrims’ FA Trophy hopes.

Ricky Miller.
Ricky Miller.

Boston United’s Wembley dreams are over... for another year at least.

The Pilgrims’ FA Trophy run came to an end at the Lamb Ground today, as Skrill Premier hosts Tamworth wrapped up a 2-0 victory.

Although the first half finished goalless, both sides could easily have opened the scoring.

Tamworth should have done better as both Wayne Thomas and Andy Todd failed to hit the target from close range.

Thomas headed wide at the back post and Todd, sliding in to meet Tony Capaldi’s cross, looped his effort upwards from a matter of yards away.

United’s teenage stopper Sam Vince did well to hold on to Richard Peniket’s swerving effort after he cut in from the right flank.

For Boston, defender Liam Marrs blazed the best effort over after he met Ricky Miller’s low cross at the back post.

Meanwhile, Miller saw two efforts well saved by Cameron Belford, who was also on hand to deny Marc Newsham after he broke through on goal.

Todd handed Tamworth the lead in the 64th minute when he was given to space to charge down on goal.

Despite Vince getting a hand to the strike, the power of the effort saw the ball trickle over the line and the Lambs had the advantage.

And with 11 minutes to go former Pilgrim Justin Richards doubled the advantage with a neatly-placed side-footer to round off a slick move, 18 yards from goal.

For United, a low Ben Milnes effort from distance and Marrs’ dangerous cross - which evaded the pack - were their best efforts of the second 45.

At the death Vince made a neat save to tip Lloyd Kerry’s chip over his bar... but by then the damage had been done.

TAMWORTH: Belford, Keane, Thomas, Richards-Everton, Capaldi (Woolery 81), Todd, Morgan, Kerry, Peniket, Haworth (wright 90), Richards; Subs (not used): Baker, Byfield, Hippolyte.

UNITED: Vince, Marrs, Steer, Marshall, Garner, Piergianni, Ross, Hall (Milnes 76), Miller (Sansara 82), Newsham (Weir-Daley 72), Galinski; Subs (not used): Fairclough, Aujla.

Ref: Wayne Barratt.

Att: 688.