Five-star Boston Ladies earn hockey success

BOSTON Ladies earned a 5-1 win while the men’s seconds won by the same scoreline...

BOSTON Ladies put in a five-star performance at Spilsby.

They took the lead from a well-worked move including Laura Panton and Fiona Dowson, captain Katie Beeson finding the net.

Panton and Dowson both hit the target to put Boston in a commanding 3-0 lead.

Spilsby were having a good game and but for Boston’s strong defence of Claire Nundy and Petra Wood, and some outstanding saves from goalkeeper Hannah Kitchen, they could have been closer to the pace.

Just before half time Boston scored their fourth goal through Dowson.

Spilsby started the second half with determination and eventually managed to score, before Dowson had the final say.

BOSTON: C. Kitchen, Nundy, Wood, Pitts, Ceaser, Burt, L. Panton, Beeson, Dowson, Betts, C. Panton, Jones, Harvey.

Players’ player: Wood, Kitchen.

Boston 1sts 2 Alford 1sts 5

BOSTON Firsts entertained Alford in their first home Division 4NW game of the season.

Both sides effectively cancelled each out in the first 20 minutes.

However, the opening goal came with more than a stroke of luck, as Tim Humphrey’s effort deflected in.

Boston’s cause was hindered when Richard Whitman was forced off with a pulled hamstring, leaving the bare 11 available.

A minute later, Alford were level from a short corner.

Boston lost a little focus and their failure to mark Alford’s dangerous centre forward proved to be costly as he scored a brace of goals within five minutes to leave Boston trailing 3-1.

After the break, Boston conceded a further two goals after they couldn’t clear their lines.

But to their credit, they did keep going and pulled a consolation goal back through Mark Baxter.

Boston 2nds 5 Spalding 4ths 1

THE Seconds entertained Spalding Fourths in their first league game of the season in Division 6NW.

It was a fairly uninspired first 15 minutes as the home side struggled to get out of first gear, and it needed a firm kick up the behind for them to do so. After ex-Boston player Martyn Pocklington netted from a short corner, the home side had it all to do.

But from that moment on, Boston were a different side.

They were level within three minutes from a short corner of their own, Bradley Briggs finishing from Matt Wingate’s delivery.

Boston were dominating and they took the lead when Andy Stone scored from close range after good work involving Callum Sims and Clive Green.

The second half could have been a tough one for Boston, instead they played some fantastic hockey and Spalding just couldn’t do anything about it.

Briggs scored his second of the match with a smart finish.

Boston were rampant now and both flanks were being used with Jamie Birks, James Tointon and Jack Bain all linking well on the left while on the opposite side, Charlie Davy, Callum Sims and Green were doing the same.

Stone converted his second and completed his hat-trick after deflecting in Wingate’s pin-point pass.

For all Boston’s pressure, they couldn’t find another opening and the game ended with a fine victory for the Sportsman-based side.