A depleted Boston Hockey Club Men’s side narrowly lost 5-4 to Bourne Deeping Fifths.
Boston, playing on the club’s new home at Spalding’s Gleed School, welcomed Bob Edwards back into the side, and his calming influence on the pitch certainly helped the team out, despite them not having a recognised goalkeeper.
Callum Sims took the plunge, and although he did very well for his first time in goal, Bourne Deeping took full advantage of the situation.
Their first goal of the game came from a short corner routine, but Boston levelled through Richard Wightman’s reverse-stick shot.
Bourne Deeping retook the lead with on a four-on-two break after Boston had committed too many men forward.
Not to be deterred, the hosts were back on level terms again when Ben Carr scored with a stunning flick that rocketed into the top left-hand stantion.
Boston debutant Dominic Wilson made a goalline clearance to ensure honours were even at the interval.
However, things just fell apart for Boston as they struggled to get any cohesion in the second half.
Bourne Deeping took full advantage of that, scoring two quick goals to lead 4-2.
It got worse for the hosts as Whitman limped off with a strained hamstring, leaving Boston with just 10 players.
Deeping then scored a fifth and Boston were staring at defeat in their first game of 2014 in the Eastern League Division 6NW.
But Boston don’t give up easily and Ryan Davy and Mateusz Morawski both found the net to keep the contest alive.
However, time was on Bourne Deeping’s side and they held on.
Boston now face Long Sutton on the road this Saturday (11.30am).