Holbeach United 2 Boston Town 2: Former boss Dunn haunts Poachers

Nathan Collins.
Nathan Collins.

The past came back to haunt Boston Town last night - as former player-manager Ian Dunn snatched a last-gasp leveller for Holbeach United.

Tom Hobson and Daryl Clare struck to give the Poachers a 2-0 interval lead at Carter’s Park.

However, second-half finishes from Tom Waumsley and Dunn ensured the hosts earned a share of the spoils.

Holbeach had earned a 2-0 victory in their UCL Premier fixture at Tattershall Road earlier in the season, but it was Boston who looked the brighter early on.

With less than a minute on the clock, Josh Ford burst forward but was denied by a good save from Leigh Overton.

The Tigers stopper then denied Lori Borbely’s speculative effort before Waumsley wasted a golden chance at the other end, blazing over from close range.

Hobson put Nathan Collins’ Poachers in front in the 18th minute as his left-footed volley from the edge of the penalty area found the net via the post.

And six minutes later Boston’s lead was doubled as Daryl Clare struck a sublime free kick over the United wall, his first goal for the club since signing last week.

After the break Town came within a whisker of making it 3-0, but Robbie Relf was on hand to nod away Borbely’s goalbound header.

And that moment proved pivotal as as Glen Maddison’ side turned the screw.

Ricky Drury turned Lewis Sturman’s 30-yard effort round the post before Waumsley gave Holbeach some hope from the penalty spot in the 69 minute, after he was tripped by Loz Lambley.

With five minutes to go, Holbeach introduced Dunn.

And it took the former Poacher just two minutes to make his mark, controlling in the penalty area before drilling a low strike beyond Drury.

Boston looked to regain the lead, but sub Liam Tunstall’s two efforts failed to hit the target and both sides had to settle for a point.

TOWN: Drury, Lambley, Jackson, Nuttell, Iley, Wilson, Borbely, Goodhand (Woods 30), Ford (Tunstall 81), Clare, Hobson (Jones 77); Subs (not used): Harper, Stainfield.