Hockey club shows defiance despite defeats

BOSTON Hockey Club’s ladies’ and men’s first teams both suffered defeats, but fought bravely throughout their encounters...

Alford Ladies 1sts 3

BOSTON Ladies suffered a 3-1 home defeat against table-topping Alford Firsts.

But they by no means disgraced themselves as they held their own until the death.

The home side’s defence were on their guard from the start, but Alford were very strong and managed a very skillful reverse stick shot from close range to give them the advantage.

Boston battled on with determination, with some good end-to-end play involving Caz Chester-O’Neil and Laura Jones.

Alford scored from a deflection after some great saves from Boston’s goalkeeper Hannah Kitchen.

With minutes to go before half time, Boston pulled a goal back.

Lisa Ceaser managed to pass the ball from her own D to Laura Jones, who took the ball forward to a waiting Fiona Dowson, the striker rounding Alford’s keeper to score.

After the inyerval, Boston battled relentlessly, keeping Alford at bay with Katie Beeson, Laura Panton, and Lauren Pitts running tirelessly to keep their team pushing forward,.

Alford battled back and had several shots saved off the goal-line by Ceaser, Petra Wood and Claire Nundy.

The visitors managed to score their third goal seconds before the final whistle.

All of the Boston team played outstandingly and each and everyone gave it their all.

BOSTON: Kitchen, Nundy, Wood, Pitts, Ceaser, Chester-O’Neil, Beeson, L. Panton, Dowson, Jones, Betts, C. Panton.

Players’ player: Hannah Kitchen.

Boston 1sts 0

Bourne Deepings 2nds 7

Basement side Boston Firsts entertained Bourne Deepings Seconds, looking to put three sucessive defeats behind them as they looked to gain their first points of the season.

However, the gloom continued as the home side had seven put past them for the second consecutive time.

For 50 minutes, Boston couldn’t compete with their South Lincolnshire counterparts and the damage was done in that period.

But for goalkeeper Jack Ashton, the defeat would have been far heavier.

Boston can take some solace in the fact some players put in good performances.

Ashton and Connor Gilbert stood out for their efforts, but the team were simply outclassed.

Deeping eased back off the pace towards the end and, to Boston’s credit, they did keep on going.

Boston travel to March Town Seconds for their next game.

Boston 2nds 1

Leadenham 1sts 1

The Seconds had a very entertaining game against Leadenham Firsts.

Boston started the game well and created several chances, but Jamie Birks and Andy Stone were denied by good goalkeeping.

Charlie Davy, Joel Dowson, Matt Wingate and Jack Bain were solid at the back while keeper Shane Railton had to make two saves in the first half.

The second half proved to be another close encounter, but both goals were finally breached.

Boston opened the scoring with a good one-two from James Tointon and Bradley Briggs, the latter unleashing a shot that was deflected into the back of the goal.

Callum Sims, in top form, came close to teeing up Andy Stone after a darting run before Leadenham levelled, a strike somehow flicked beyond Railton into the top right-hand corner to leave the Sportsman-based side a goal down.

That proved to be the final goal of a very hard-fought but entertaining game.

Boston could take pride in some excellent individual performances from young and old.

The Seconds now have have two weeks off before they travel to Long Sutton Fourths for a morning game.