Hockey Firsts suffer narrow defeat

BOSTON Hockey Club’s First and Second XIs suffered narrow defeats to the teams topping their respective tables

Boston Firsts 2

Newmarket Firsts 3

BOSTON Firsts narrowly lost out in their bottom-versus-top clash.

Newmarket had scored 64 goals in 11 games prior to this clash and added to their tally within two minutes.

But Boston are made of sterner stuff these days and they stuck back on the 10-minute mark with a superbly-worked short corner routine that saw the ball fly out to Dean Newell well away from the D.

The change of angle flummoxed their opponents and his precise return ball to Cameron Salisbury saw the Boston forward sweep the ball past the startled Newmarket custodian.

Newmarket regained the lead when Stuart Ashton turned into his own net, with the visitors grabbing a third before the break.

Boston started well from the start of the second half and soon pulled a goal back when Salisbury got his second of the game when he rounded the goalkeeper and fired home.

Newmarket upped their game and somehow missed an amazing three open goals before Boston were reduced to 10 men, and the rest of the match was played out

Boston 2nds 0

Grantham 1sts 1

BOSTON Seconds were narrowly beaten by table-topping Grantham.

The visitors began the day were five points clear of their closest rivals but Boston gave their visitors a good game, where everyone, young and old, contributed superbly.

The winning goal came midway through the first half. After Boston had saved two goalbound efforts, a final follow up was sliced into the roof of the net.

Boston had plenty of time to rescue the game.

And they very nearly did as Andy Stone had a deflected shot whistle wide whilst Matt Wingate’s short corners were well saved by the Grantham goalkeeper.

From one of these short corners Boston were awarded a golden opportunity in the second half when the ball was stopped illegally on the line.

Matt Wingate stepped up to take the stroke but his foot slipped on a greasy surface just at the wrong time.

Even though he had sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, he didn’t get enough purchase on the ball to send it into the goal and the keeper somehow saved.