Three defeats for hockey club

IT WAS a week to forget for Boston Hockey Club as all three senior teams suffered defeat.

Boston Firsts 0

BOSTON Firsts crashed to a 6-0 defeat at Newmarket in their first league game of the season in Division 4NW.

Two goals down at the break, the misery was completed with four goals in the second half in an ill-tempered game.

The firsts will have to up their game next Saturday against Alford Firsts, when they entertain them at 2pm.

Grantham Firsts 4

Boston Seconds 1

THE Seconds opened their Division 6NW (N) season with defeat against a new team to the league, Grantham Firsts, who had transferred over from the Midlands League.

From the off, Boston were put under the cosh, but defensively they looked solid with Stuart Ashton, Matt Wingate, Tony Pygott and Jack Bain comfortably nullifying the Grantham attack.

Boston had a few scraps of attack but with veteran striker Andy Stone being promoted to the First team, Boston’s attack was blunted somewhat.

As time drew on, Grantham started to get more and more frustrated as they couldn’t get the killer ball past the defence.

In the first 20 minutes, stand-in keeper Tom Davy made just the one save – a stick clearance of a loose ball.

As the half wore on, Boston finally conceded, but it was from a set piece that had an element of luck.

A short corner routine saw the ball being hit into the ground before looping over Davy and into the goal.

At half time, a change of tactics saw Matt Wingate pushed to centre forward to give some experience, and this policy had immediate dividends.

Bradley Briggs, Joel Dowson and Callum Sims all combined on the right flank with some great passing and moving which ended with Biggs being fouled in the D.

The Boston youngster sent out a perfect ball to Wingate from the resulting short corner, and his powerful shot nestled past a shocked goalkeeper.

Grantham rolled up their sleeves and came at Boston with pace and additional vigour.

Boston were under immense pressure and just couldn’t clear their 25, let alone the half, and the inevitable happened when Grantham scored their second.

Grantham got their third from another short corner, again a slight element of luck when the ball deflected perfectly to their forward.

As legs tired, GHrantham snatched a fourth goal to put the result beyond doubt.

Boston’s next game is against Spalding Fourths at 3.30pm on Saturday.

SECONDS: T. Davy, C. Davy, Pygott, Wingate, Ashton, Bain, Tointon, Green, Sims, Barlow, Jacobs, Kelly, Dowson, Briggs.

Louth Ladies 2

Boston Ladies 1

MISSING a number of key players, Boston Ladies suffered a2-1 defeat at Louth.

The first half went well for Boston, with some great attacking play.

A series of short corners saw Laura Panton tee up Lisa Ceaser, but they just couldn’t convert.

Louth were pushing Boston hard, but the midfiled of Lauren Pitts and Charlotte Burt, and the rock solid defending by Petra Wood and Claire Nundy, stood firm, while keeper Hannah Kitchen pulled off some good saves.

Some good 16-yard hits were taken by Wood to find a running Laura Panton, who had a brilliant game at centre forward, feeding the ball into the D a few times for the waiting Boston attackers Hannah Betts and Lauren Harvey, who were unlucky not to get their names on the scoresheet.

Louth caught Boston off guard just before half time and took the lead.

Boston went into the second half wanting the win and still putting on a good performance, but Louth scored again to double their advantage.

Boston didn’t give up and a super pass across the pitch from Burt to Chris Panton lead to her combining with Laura Panton, who made a great run into the D and won Boston another penalty corner.

Once again, Panton pushed out well to a waiting Lisa Ceaser on top of the D ,who finished with a great strike to get Boston back in the game.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time for Boston to equalise and come home with a point.

LADIES: Kitchen, Nundy, Wood, Ceaser, Burt, Pitts, Beeson, Betts, Harvey, C. Panton, L. Panton

Players’ player: Lauren Harvey.