Boston Town’s dream of reaching the UCL Knockout Cup final turned into a nightmare last night as they were crushed 5-0 in their semi-final clash at high-flying Huntingdon Town.
The home side’s forwards’ ruthless finishing showed no mercy to the Poachers’ defence.
Strikes by Ben Seymour-Shove and Jacob Joyce put Huntington 2-0 ahead by the interval.
Fellow front man Declan Rogers hit a brace before striker Stuart Eason completed the rout during the second half.
“The better team won. They are a really good side,” admitted Boston boss Nathan Collins.
“I am obviously disappointed with the result but we gave it our best shot and set out to win against a side who are second in the table.
“Their forwards were ruthless and I can’t remember them missing a chance.”
Boston started brightly but couldn’t break through the hosts’ back four.
Lee Wattam showed early promise on the break while Daryl Clare shot wide after 10 minutes.
But it was Huntingdon who struck first when Seymour-Shove cut in from the right and slotted the ball beyond the reach of keeper Ricky Drury to make it 1-0 after 15 minutes.
Despite the best efforts of Shaun Baker at the back and Craig Mitchell in midfield, Huntingdon doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Joyce showed excellent control in bringing down the ball and hitting the net with a super strike.
Collins reshuffled the pack after the break.
Substitutes Michael Wood, Ollie Pinner and Robbie Bryant replaced Clare, Mitchel and Matt Kennedy as defender Jordan Nuttell moved up front to try and add some firepower.
However, after 66 minutes Rogers showed his class by curling a 25-yard free kick into the top corner of the goal.
Ten minutes later the same player completed his brace to make it 4-0 as he once again slammed the ball past Drury.
Two minutes from time Eason rose above the Boston defence and planted an unstoppable header into the net which keeper Drury could only admire.
“We have to move on,” Collins added.
“We have two games left and we want to finish the season on a high and take maximum points.”
On Saturday the Poachers travel to face 12th-placed Desborough (KO 3pm), before their Easter Monday clash at derby rivals Sleaford Town (KO 3pm).