Whitman’s thunderbolt makes points safe for 1sts

Boston's Richard Wightman (red shirt) challenges for the ball. Photo: David Dawson.
Boston's Richard Wightman (red shirt) challenges for the ball. Photo: David Dawson.

NE14 HOCKEY DIVISION 4NW

BOSTON MEN’S 1ST XI 3

CAMBRIDGE SOUTH 2NDS 1

BOSTON Men’s Firsts had a good day as they entertained Cambridge South who were sitting just above them in the league table - but they swapped places with their visitors with a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Both sides looked rusty but as the game progressed, everyone looked more like their normal self.

Cambridge South looked the better of the two sides in the opening few minutes but it was Boston who took the lead after only four minutes when Bob Edwards converted smartly from six yards.

It was quite a tight game and a good one to watch as both sides probed and prodded at each other’s defence and good quality chances were at a premium.

Harry Stephenson had a deflected effort that sailed just over the bar while Cameron Salisbury shot wide having unbalanced after he had rounded the goalkeeper.

Boston had an almighty let off when a Cambridge South shot hit both crossbar and post before rebounding out just before the break and the home side were thankful when the half-time whistle sounded.

The second half was a similar affair except more goals were scored.

Boston doubled their advantage when Simon Higgs took a quick free hit from outside the ‘D’ and was allowed to go into the ‘D’ unopposed. He calmly slotted past the advancing goalkeeper and Boston were looking at three points.

That situation changed, however, when Cambridge South pulled a goal back to set up a potential grandstand finish.

But Richard Whitman’s thunderous finish to make the score 3-1 made the game safe for the home side and three points were duly gained.

It was a good performance from everyone and should give a boost for next Saturday’s game against rock bottom Bourne Seconds.