Division 6NW (N)
Boston Men’s 2nd XI 8 Spalding 5th 0
AFTER an enforced lay off due to the early onset of winter, Boston men’s hockey teams finally played their first game in six weeks, and their first of 2011.
The Firsts entertained fellow mid-table side Cambridge South 2nds in NE14 Hockey Division 4NW while the Seconds faced bottom of the table Spalding 5ths in Division 6NW (N).
And it proved to be a good start to 2011 for both sides each recording good wins.
The Seconds had a resounding win, however the rustiness of the performance was quite clear for all to see as the normal fluency of their play was lacking, certainly for the first half.
Boston, by and large, dominated the game with stand-in goalkeeper, Tom Davey, having only a couple of straightforward saves to make throughout the entire game.
Half chances were being created but the final efforts were either wide or miscontrolled allowing the defence to clear their lines.
However as time progressed, Boston started to find their feet and more importantly their hockey brains and really started to turn the screw.
Andy Stone had two very good chances to score but had one shot saved and one fizzle just past the post and one could sense that the first goal was not far away.
It wasn’t – the opening goal of the game came straight after Andy Stone’s saved effort.
Andy Barlow was given the ball in acres of space by the veteran striker at the top of the ‘D’ and was allowed to go unchallenged and strike the ball past the unguarded goalkeeper with 15 minutes gone.
Boston kept pressing and six minutes later scored number two when a very good move involving Clive Green, Andy Stone and Jamie Birks saw the ball passed finally to the unmarked James Tointon.
He was standing a foot out from an open goal after the goalkeeper had been bypassed and at the range he simply couldn’t miss to make the scoreline 2-0.
The second half started off in the same vein of the first with Boston creating but not converting.
But this time they can consider themselves unlucky with some fine saves by the goalkeeper and overall it looked a lot sharper than the first half.
Spalding kept up their stubborn resistance but caved in at a similar time when Andy Barlow got his second goal of the game with a swept effort after Andy Stone again had set him up.
And after that Boston went goal crazy as Spalding’s youthful side lost their heads and their discipline.
After all of his good work, the Spalding goalkeeper crashed into Jamie Birks as he was passing the ball to Callum Sims and the Boston forward despatched the resultant penalty stroke into the bottom left hand corner to make it 4-0.
Spalding then lost the same player to two yellow cards for dissent and Boston took full advantage of that with Nick Randall scoring a hat-trick in 10 minutes.
Nick’s first goal was a deft deflection into the middle of the net from Matt Wingate’s fine short corner shot.
Andy Stone then scored his first goal of 2011 with a typical close range effort after good work by Callum Sims (who for once wasn’t the smallest player on the pitch!) and Joel Dowson.
His second goal was from superb play down the right flank that started with Tony Pygott, involved Oliver Jacobs and Callum Sims and ended with Randall sweeping home to make it seven.
Randall completed his hat-trick with a melee in the ‘D’ that saw him getting the final touch past the goalkeeper after good work on the left from captain Henry Betts and James Tointon.
It was a devastating period from Boston who scored five in 17 minutes and the rustiness they had had at the start of the game was clearly gone.
They need to bring that form to their next game against Spalding Fourths which will be a far harder affair on Saturday.