Boston pay for sloppy errors

Boston Hockey Club Round Up

BOSTON Firsts entertained Horncastle Firsts in a mid Lincolnshire derby that saw Boston trying desperately to gain their first three points of the season.

But once again they didn’t gain a single point.

They got off to a great start and opened the scoring with some sumptuous first touch passing hockey that started from the back when the impressive Connor Gilbert picked up a loose ball, swept it to Bob Edwards who in turn found Cameron Salisbury.

His perfect pass found Callum Sims and the youngster kept his calm and nerve with a subtle flick over a diving keeper.

Moments later it could have been two with Sims, Salisbury and Ben Carr combining superbly only for Salisbury being denied by a last gasp tackle.

But another of Boston’s achilles heels is giving away soft goals and captain Stuart Ashton, by his own admission, made a howler as he hit out a 16 yard hit straight to a Horncastle forward.

With most of Boston’s team being upfield, it was a four on two situation and despite keeper’s Jack Ashton’s best efforts, the ball was swept home by an unmarked player from two yards out.

In the second half Boston couldn’t get going and their marking went slightly astray.

Horncastle took advantage and keeper Ashton made some fine saves but with the warning not being taken, it was inevitable that Horncastle would get through and they did as they swarmed the Boston goal and scored from close range again.

Boston started to take chances, pushing more players up and were living on their nerves at the back. A combination of great tackling from Ian Sanderson, Ashton and Harry Stephenson saw them somehow keep Horncastle at bay.

It could have been game over when a penalty stroke was awarded correctly by umpire Dean Newell, but the ball was pushed way wide and Boston were still in the game.

They did create some opportunities but couldn’t get that final shot away.

Boston deserved more as they played very well in long periods but the harsh reality is they sit bottom of the table.