Boston 1sts 2 St Ives 4ths 3: Late fightback not enough for Boston Hockey Club

A LATE fightback wasn’t enough as Boston Hockey Club’s Men’s Firsts suffered a 3-2 defeat to St Ives Fourths.

Alklthough it wasn’t the ideal start to the season, Boston knew their side would need time to gel in the East Hockey League Division 5NW.

An exodus to university and retirements forced the men’s First and Second XIs to merge.

But the omens at the start were good as Boston created several excellent opportunities.

However, they just couldn’t force the ball into the net.

St Ives took the lead within 20 minutes with a lucky goal, which found the net via a deflection.

Boston equalised following a well-worked goal from Scott Trigg.

But sloppy defending allowed St Ives to lead 2-1 at the break.

The first 10 minutes of the second half again looked promising for Boston.

But after three short corners were well defended, a sloppy open-play goal gave the Sportsman-based side a huge mountain to climb.

Boston’s play improved but they wasted numerous opportunities, especially from short corner routines.

With six minutes left on the clock, Boston gave themselves a glimmer of hope.

The experienced Andy Barlow grabbed a well-earned goal to give the home side a chance of getting at least a share of the spoils.

But St Ives held strong and earned a 3-2 victory.

BOSTON: T. Carr, Haynes, Wightman, Barlow, Carr, Wingate, Stone, Stephenson, Salisbury, Bain, Trigg, Morawski, Sims.

On Saturday, Boston travel to face Bourne Deeping Thirds.

Men’s training is held on Wednesdays (7.30-9pm) and all abilities are welcome.

For details call Tim Carr on 07825 449 419.