Boston Town 0 Spalding United 3: Drury’s the star, but Poachers outdone in Yellowbelly derby

Ricky Drury.
Ricky Drury.
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Boston Town were convincingly beaten 3-0 at home by Spalding United.

Poachers keeper Ricky Drury pulled off a number of superb stops, but it was the Tulips who bossed this United Counties League Premier Division clash at Tattershall Road.

Just minutes into the contest, Town could have snatched the lead.

Liam Nimmo’s low cross was fluffed horribly by Mark Duggan, who then made amends by blocking Lori Borbely’s strike.

But as Ollie Pinner looked certain to find the net with the loose ball, Lee Canoville was in the right place to head off the line.

And that was the Poachers’ only real sight of goal in the contest.

From then on, it was the Tulips who flexed their muscles in front of goal.

Jake Gibson saw a drive deflected wide by Luke Wilson and Loz Lambley, and from the resultant corner, the same man gave Spalding a 16th-minute lead.

Rising highest he nodded Lee Beeson’s corner high into the net.

Spalding should have extended their lead in the opening 45, but they weren’t banking on Drury being in top form.

The keeper did well to turn Gibson’s low strike round his far post before holding on to Tony Battersby’s powerful header.

Pinner made a vital block to deny Gibson at the near post and Drury had the final say of the half, getting enough of his body behind Beeson’s dipping free kick.

It was more of the same after the interval as Sam Mullarkey slotted home Spalding’s second in the 56th minute.

After latching on to Beeson’s pass, he took one touch before firing beyond Drury at the stopper’s near post from 10 yards out.

Battersby saw a header rattle the underside of Town’s crossbar before Drury did well to use his body to deny the same man from close range.

Lambley then hurled his body in front of the loose ball to block Beeson’s follow up.

At the other end, Boston were looking to Jason Field’s long free kicks to offer them a sight of goal, but to no avail.

The Tulips’ best moves were coming through Beeson, but he couldn’t get his name on the scoresheet, Drury again clawing away one of his goalbound dead balls.

Drury wasn’t done and again did well to get down and stop Lewis Webb’s one-on-one effort, before turning the same man’s second effort at goal off target.

But with two minutes to go Nathan Stainfield had the final say, heading home Beeson’s corner via the post.

TOWN: Drury, Lambley, Jackson (Goodhand 66), Pinner, Wood, Wilson, Borbely, Bull, Nimmo, Ford (Stocks 66), Field; Subs (not used): Robinson, Thompson, Stainfield.

SPALDING: Duggan, Canoville (Stevens 18), Jackson, Allen, Stainfield, Webb, Beeson, Hall, Mullarkey, Battersby, Gibson; Subs (not used): O’Neill, Doherty, Tidswell, Thurlbourne.