Thursday 11am - A MUCH-changed Boston United produced a superb performance to beat Retford United 2-0 in the UniBond League Challenge Cup on Wednesday evening.
A full-strength Retford were no match for the Pilgrims who secured cup final glory through Marc Newsham's strike on the stroke of half-time and Ryan Semple's clincher 20 minutes from time.
The silverware was Boston's second of the campaign — following their Lincolnshire Senior Shield success in March — and means a historic treble can be secured at Marine on Saturday.
Youngsters Aaron Butcher, Simon Ashton and Shane Clancy were handed rare starts and were very impressive, while Matthew Bird, Mark Camm, Liam Parker and Jamie Yates started too in an adventurous 3-4-3 formation.
Both sides had chances in a first half which began scrappily but gradually improved as the game wore on.
Boston took the lead in first half stoppage time when Yates skipped clear down the line and crossed for Newsham who swept the ball in.
Retford were fired up after the break and Harvey headed marginally too high, following Bettney's corner.
The Pilgrims saw a second goal ruled out when Parker crashed home an effort off the underside of the bar, following Yates' corner, but referee Ryan Newman had spotted a pushing offence.
Boston continued to look lively and Yates fired an effort high and wide, following excellent play down the right from Clancy.
The Pilgrims added a decisive second goal on 70 minutes. Yates freed Semple and he twisted and turned before drilling the ball home from inside the box.
oston's players received their mementoes from UniBond League chiefs, with stand-in skipper Mark Camm lifting the Challenge Cup for the third time in the club's history.
Boston (3-4-3): Aaron Butcher; Chris Wood, Simon Ashton, Matthew Bird; Shane Clancy, Mark Camm, Liam Parker, Danny Sleath; Ryan Semple, Marc Newsham (Danny Davidson 87), Jamie Yates. Subs (not used): Shaun Pearson, Anthony Church, Spencer Weir-Daley, Tom Evans (gk).