Long Buckby 1 Boston Town 2
PAUL Goodhand snatched victory for Boston Town with an 88th-minute strike.
The midfielder’s late goal earned the Poachers their second consecutive away win, against an experienced and competitive Long Buckby side.
Town were making their second outing since November 27, and signs of fluency were inevitably sporadic on a bumpy, soft pitch.
Up front, Gary Bull and Alex Beck showed signs of menace, both testing home keeper Tom Stephanou with early efforts.
Goodhand slowly found his way into the game, seemingly enjoying his contests against UCL stalwart Stuart Smeathers.
His probing passes and bursts into the host’s penalty area deserved a better end product than they were receiving.
Nathan Stainfield and Adam Jackson held the Boston back line together as Buckby’s leading scorer Dan Holman began to threaten.
Timely interceptions and last-ditch tackles frustrated the lively striker on numerous occasions.
Clear-cut chances were, however, at a premium as both teams cancelled each other out in a tentative opening 45 minutes.
A more spirited second half from both sides saw Boston take the lead on 52 minutes.
Alex Beck was rewarded for his efforts, finishing a fine move to drive home his sixth goal of the season.
The hosts showed their resilience and took just eight minutes to draw level, Holman hitting his 17th of the campaign.
The game flowed from end to end, with Boston enjoying a good share of possession.
Mark Foster and Dan Schiavi both went close while Buckby skipper Richard Bunting forced a fine save from James Doughty.
Homan then missed a good chance when well-placed.
At the other end, Goodhand retaliated for Boston, forcing a superb save from Stephanou with his well-struck free kick.
As the game entered its final phase, it was Boston who looked most likely to steal the points, with Beck’s pace causing some anxious moments for the hosts.
The Poachers received their reward with just two minutes remaining, Goodhand firing home from 10 yards to inflict a third consecutive defeat for the home side.
TOWN: Doughty, Lambley, Jackson, Stainfield, Foster, Schiavi, Goodhand, Borbelly, Bull (Woods 71), Beck, Parker; Subs (not used): Foreman, Drury.
Star man: Nathan Stainfield. Commanding and strong at the heart of defence.
ON Saturday the Poachers entertain Desborough Town (KO 3pm).