BOSTON TOWN 1 HOLBEACH UNITED 2: Poachers pay the penalty as Tigers earn derby revenge

Nathan Collins.
Nathan Collins.

Holbeach United got their revenge as they left the DWB Stadium with all three points tonight.

Just three days earlier Boston Town had knocked the Tigers out of the FA Cup following a 4-2 victory, but this evening the roles were reversed, albeit in a questionable manner.

With the scores locked at 1-1, the away side were granted a dubious penalty at the end of the first half, which Lee Beeson converted to seal victory.

It was a kick in the teeth for Nathan Collins’ Town who had already fought back from a goal down to level with a spot kick of their own, which Matt Kennedy converted.

Jake Duffy handed the Tigers an early lead as he forced the ball home from close range after the Poachers had failed to clear their lines.

Moments later, Beeson saw a volley strike Rob Zand’s side netting.

This spurred the hosts into action, but Kennedy’s free kick flew off target and Callum Walker’s cross clipped the top of Nick Conroy’s crossbar.

Boston levelled in the 39th minute when Borbely nicked the ball off Ashley Fuller and was upended just inside the penalty area.

From 12 yards out Kennedy made no mistake.

But on the stroke of half time Holbeach regained the lead.

When given the chance to clear, Tim Lowe decided to turn inside his own penalty area.

United’s Gary King nicked the ball from under his feet but the Poachers defender made amends as he scooped the ball out of play - but as King stumbled under the challenge, the official pointed to the penalty spot.

Beeson made no mistake with a powerful low drive.

After the break the away side should have added to their tally when both Duffy and King went through one on one.

But as Duffy prodded wide, Zand did fantastically to block King’s low effort.

Craig Mitchell had two great chances to level things up, but his header was well held by Conroy and - when gifted a free strike at the back post - he attempted to turn inside and the opportuinity went begging.

As Town turned the screw late on, Eyett’s run ended with a 20-yarder which fizzed wide of the target and Borbely’s volley was well held by Conroy.

TOWN: Zand, Lambley, Kennedy, Nuttell, Lowe, Mitchell (Zuerner 86), Borbely, Charlesworth, Clare (Beck 23), Walker (Jackson 47), Eyett; Subs (not used: Barrett, Warren.

HOLBEACH: Conroy, Allen, Spencer, Pinner, Meade (Delahoy 90), Stevens, Beeson, Duffy, Dube (Keeble 90), King (Orrey 81), Fuller; Subs (not used): Murrell, Lovelace.