Boston Hockey Club Men gained their first win of 2014 with a hard-fought 2-0 victory against a resolute and fast-paced Alford Seconds.
The two sides had drawn 3-3 in their previous Eastern League Division 6NW contest.
Saturday’s encounter proved to be a very good game with both teams striving to get the upper hand.
However, it was the hosts that came away with three points to move above their visitors in the table.
Boston nearly took the lead in the first minute but veteran striker Andy Stone put the ball just wide.
But that near chance spurred Boston on.
A simple short corner routine saw Richard Wightman feed Bob Edwards, whose powerful shot flew in through the goalkeeper’s legs.
Boston continued to push and probe, but stand-in keeper Ben Carr was forced to pull off a fine save to keep his side in front.
The hosts doubled their advantage in similar circumstances. This time Edwards’ effort flew in off the goalkeeper’s leg pads.
It could have been 3-0 but Mark Haynes’ fine ball, after excellent work by the Davy Brothers, Charlie and Ryan, just evaded Stone, Wightman and Dominic Wilson.
After the break Alford upped their game and Boston had to defend for long periods as wave after wave of white shirts pushed forward.
But the damage had been done and Boston claimed victory.
They now travel to face Spalding Fourths on Saturday (11am).