Boston Town 0 Yaxley 4: Collins begins tenure with a defeat

Josh Ford.
Josh Ford.

Nathan Collins saw his Boston Town side beaten 4-0 at home to Yaxley tonight.

The new Poachers manager watched on from the dug-out as his side trailed 3-0 at the interval, before conceding a fourth with the last touch of the game.

With Ricky Drury unavailable, Miles Fenty was drafted into goal for Town, while Tom Hobson was brought into the attack.

Dane Harper and Nick Brown both returned to the club, but began on the bench, while fellow new signings Nathan Iley and Robbie Bryant were not involved.

The Cuckoos took the lead in the fourth minute when Nathan Horne’s strike curled over the outstretched arm of Fenty and onto the crossbar.

As the ball landed it appeared to have crossed the goalline, but Andy Furnell was there to make sure as he side-footed home from close range.

Boston’s response was instant, but Aaron Butcher did well to get down and tip Hobson’s strike round his left-hand post.

Rob Hughes doubled Yaxley’s lead on 12 minutes as he smashed home a low drive from close range, and Denny Escorcio made it three in the 26th minute.

Having just blazed a strike well over the Town bar, the Cuckoo made amends with a fierce shot from inside the penalty area.

Boston began the second half with more purpose and Luke Wilson saw a header deflected off target before sub Brown was slipped in by Paul Goodhand.

However, his flicked effort took the ball wide of goal.

Butcher again pulled off a top stop, this time reading Goodhand’s dipping 20-yarder well enough to tip the ball over his crossbar.

Josh Ford, who recently turned down an approach from Yaxley, was left appealing for a penalty after going down under the close attentions of Andy Coleman - but his cries were dismissed.

It seemed as if Town - who had already conceded 21 times in their last 225 minutes of football - were about to keep a clean sheet for the second 45 of this match.

But deep into stoppage time Matt Cook found enough space in the box to blast past Fenty and complete the rout.

TOWN: Fenty, Lambley, Jackson, Wilson, Wood (Harper 72), Pinner, Bull, Goodhand, Ford, Hobson (Brown HT), Borbely; Subs (not used): Nuttell, Stainfield.