In the second part of his review of the Boston Saturday Football League, Neil Johnson takes a look at Divisions Two and Three...
Leverton had a season to savour.
Not only did the club win the Division Two title, they capped their hugely successful season by clinching the Sports Cup.
Leverton started well at the end of August with an 8-2 win at Spalding Harriers, with Nathan Rippin claiming five of his side’s goals before a 4-2 defeat a week later against Nelson just showed that they were still in the building stage.
They got back on track the following week with a 1-0 win against a Boston College side, who were still on a high after winning promotion.
Leverton’s ace goalscorer, Dom Goddard, who was to prove pivotal in his side’s success, showed his prowess in early October with a hat-trick in a 6-1 home win against Billinghay Reserves.
Leverton had other outlets in the strike-force and this was evident a week later when 13 goals were scored at Kirton Town Reserves with Andy Brown hitting four goals and Joe Daubney grabbing a hat-trick.
Swineshead A were looking to make it a hat-trick of titles for their club and a 9-1 win against Billinghay Reserves on November 1 showed they meant business as Stuart Kane struck four of their goals.
On the same day Leverton were making hard work of a 4-2 win against Westside Rangers while Nelson scraped through 1-0 against the College.
Holbeach Bank were finding it tough going and Swineshead A trounced them a week later 11-0 with Charlie Eccott hitting five and George Bakes grabbing four goals while Andy Brown hit a hat-trick in Leverton’s 8-3 win at AFC Tetford.
Leverton were beginning to look formidable and Dom Goddard netted a treble in an impressive 4-1 win against FC Kirton in early December.
In one of the few games during The Christmas break, Leverton beat Boston College 4-1 to set them up nicely for the new year.
The College bounced back the following week with an 8-0 drubbing of Billinghay Reserves, while Leverton hammered Kirton Town Reserves 9-2 with Goddard grabbing five goals.
The College were then held by a promising Sibsey side in a 3-3 draw.
FC Kirton were another side with obvious potential and they gave Leverton a fright in mid-January despite going down 6-5 with another Goddard treble for the leaders.
Sibsey defeated Nelson 5-3 on the same day thanks to a Shane Brackenbury hat-trick.
Coningsby Reserves managed to hold Leverton to a 2-2 draw at the end of February but there was no stopping the leaders and Boston College, who eventually finished runners-up, stuttered in early March with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tetford.
Sibsey, too, were faltering a little when they fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat against Billinghay Reserves on the same day.
Leverton eventually sealed the title with an 8-1 thumping at Holbeach Bank.
Railway Athletic crowned their debut season with The Division Three title and an amazing achievement in reaching the final of the Sports Cup.
They started their season on with a 3-3 draw against Benington Reserves while a small piece of history was also taking place with the welcome addition to the Boston Saturday League, for the first time ever, of Eastern European FC and they kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Spalding Harriers Reserves.
Both sides (Eastern European and Railway) clashed the following week, with Railway recording another draw when they were held by the new international side 1-1.
Railway were soon clicking into place in the first week in September when they thrashed FC Hammers 8-1 and they followed that with a 14-1 drubbing of another of the new sides, FC Boston – Damian Gibbons claiming six of his side’s goals.
The Railway striker also hit six goals in a Challenge Cup match in early October although it was Liam Nimmo who topped their goalscoring chart.
In Mid-October, Fishtoft Reserves, who were to finish as runners-up, defeated Railway Athletic 2-0 while Eastern European’s fine start was halted when Pointon A beat them 2-0.
Pointon A were always a threat at the top of the table but they fell away during the final stages of the season.
Eastern European bounced back the next week with a 2-0 victory at Fishtoft Reserves, but then slipped up against Park United 2-1 the following week so all the top teams looked capable of beating each other on the day.
FC Boston were leaking goals on a regular basis and Fishtoft hit them for 10 in early November while Railway were defeating AFC Tetford Reserves 4-3 with strike duo Liam Nimmo and Brandon Norman grabbing two goals apiece.
The two new Boston sides, FC Boston and Boston Athletic met in mid-November and they both earned a point in a 3-3 draw while at the end of the month, Tom Hill hit four goals for Fishtoft in a 5-1 win at Benington Reserves.
The first Saturday in December saw FC Boston concede another hatful when Alex Limb claimed five of the Park United goals in a 13-0 score-line while Boston Athletic went down 10-3 at Benington Reserves, where Steve Woodcock grabbed a rare hat-trick. Railway fell to a surprise 3-0 defeat against Pointon A in early February but the result was reversed later in the season because of an ineligible player fielded by Pointon, before Fishtoft Reserves and Railway met at the end of March and a 2-2 draw kept both sides on course for promotion.
Fishtoft Reserves were held 1-1 by Park United in mid-April and that ended their chance of the title as Railway were beating Eastern European 5-1 on the same day to be crowned champions.
Rippingale & Folkingham Reserves were the only side to pull out during the season as the club suffered with internal issues but, thankfully, they decided to carry on with their first team in Division One.