Boston Hockey Club’s poor start to 2014 continued with a 4-2 defeat against Long Sutton.
The result sees Boston - who could only muster 10 players for the journey - slip to third in the Eastern League Division 6NW.
Long Sutton were a more experienced side to the youthful team which were beaten 10-1 by Boston earlier in the season.
The hosts took the lead with a short corner shot which sneaked in past stand-in goalkeeper Jamie Birks, who made some important saves in the contest.
Boston rolled up their sleeves and started to create their own chances, with Andy Barlow, Andy Stone and Mohammed Asif coming close.
It was from a short corner routine that Boston drew level, Mark Baxter’s perfect pass deflected half-way up the net into the centre of the goal by Barlow.
After chances were traded by each side, the last play of the first half saw Barlow score a replica of his first goal to give the away side the interval lead.
As Boston tired, Long Sutton scored twice to regain the lead.
Were it not forn a stunning save, Boston would have been level and Barlow would have had his hat-trick.
However, the game’s final goal was scored by Long Sutton, and that was the match over as a contest.
Boston kept trying and nearly pulled another goal back through Ben Carr’s effort, but it wasn’t to be and Boston are yet to score any points in 2014.
Boston now host Alford Seconds on Saturday (2pm).