Last night’s 12-0 drubbing was the worst in Poachers history... but Boston United didn’t escape lightly either

Nathan Stainfield.
Nathan Stainfield.

Boston Town’s 12-0 defeat at Spalding United was the heaviest loss in the club’s history... and completes a dubious double for the Tulips over the town’s top two teams.

Poachers historian and www.bostontownfc.co.uk webmaster Simon Ashberry said: “Last night’s defeat to Spalding was the biggest defeat in Boston Town’s 49-year history.

“Previously, the record loss was a 12-1 reverse against Emley in the Northern Counties East League in May 1985.”

However, Boston United also have a forgettable past at the expense of the Tulips.

Ashberry added: “Coincidentally, Spalding have now inflicted worst defeats on both Boston clubs.

“Boston United’s record loss was 14-0 against the Tulips in the FA Cup in September 1964.”

The Pilgrims also lost by the same scoreline to British Railways in the Boston & District League 1964/5.

Former Boston United striker Mark Jones netted four times for the Tulips last night, with Andrew Tidswell and Sam Mullarkey both hitting hat-tricks at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Fellow ex-Pilgrims Nathan Stainfield and Dan Cotton also got in on the act.

But it was a night of mixed emotions in the Stainfield household, with brother George making an appearance for Boston.