BOSTON UNITED 4 LOWESTOFT TOWN 1: Sands at the double as Pilgrims exact their revenge

John Sands.
John Sands.

John Sands opened his Boston United account with a brace as the Pilgrims came from behind to earn a 4-1 victory at the expense of Lowestoft Town.

The striker - whose Twitter handle is @scoresforfun - may not have been having too many good times in front of goal lately.

But after waiting seven weeks and seven matches to open his account, the forward needed just 28 minutes to double his tally as United ended the day consolidating their place in the National League North’s top five.

Jason Alexander took his place between the sticks to replace the injured Henrich Ravas, his first appearance since September 26, but the young stopper didn’t have a save to make as the Trawlerboys failed to find the target after their early opener.

Lowestoft took a seventh-minute lead as Harvey Hodd’s strike took a heavy deflection off Carl Piergianni, but Sands levelled things up with his first goal for the Pilgrims.

After the interval he doubled his tally before Lewis Hilliard’s penalty and Mark Jones’ touch of class settled the contest.

The result and performances couldn’t have been further from the previous week, where Town earned a 3-0 victory at Crown Meadow.

United showed their intentions from the kick off as Sands loomed down on goal, only to fire his effort straight at keeper Ben Killip, the on-loan Norwich City teenager diverting over his bar.

Piergianni then headed a Kaine Felix cross over before Harvey Hood put the Trawlerboys in front.

Jake Reed’s pass dissected the Pilgrims’ defence before Hodd cut inside on to his left foot. The effort was tame and Alexander seemed to have it covered, only for Piergianni’s slide to divert the ball over the diving keeper.

Lewis Hilliard came close to levelling things up when he dinked the ball over the sliding Danny Burns, but his drilled effort flew over the bar.

But things were all square in the 26th minute when Sands opened his Pilgrims account.

After collecting Liam Marrs’ cross on his chest he squeezed his low volley through the legs of Killip, before wheeling away to celebrate in front of the Town End.

Lowestoft’s only other effort of the opening 45 minutes saw Jack Ainsley find the net from a corner, only to have his near-post strike ruled out for offside.

But that all changed after the break as Rossi Jarvis and Reed both flashed efforts wide of the mark.

However, it was the Pilgrims who grabbed the third goal as Sands headed home Hilliard’s corner to double his tally.

There was some controversy about the 54th-minute dead ball being awarded as Sands’ effort on the turn didn’t appear to take a touch off a blue shirt.

And those away fans’ frustrated chants aimed at referee Declan Ford only intensified when when he awarded Boston a penalty after Jay Rollins’ burst into the box was ended with a trip.

Hilliard stepped up and gave the scoreline a more comfortable feel from the spot, despite Killip getting two hands onto the powerful strike.

Undeterred, Rossi Jarvis’ drive rattled the United crossbar while, at the other end, Mark Jones’ volley struck Piergianni and flew off target.

Jones then made it 4-1 with four minutes to go, cutting in from the right wing and firing a neat left-footed finish beyond Killip at his near post.

UNITED: Alexander, Mills, Garner, Piergianni, Marrs, Hilliard, Richards, Roberts (Jones 76), Felix (Johnson HT), Sands (Robbins 80), Rollins; Subs (not used): Ravas.

LOWESTOFT: Killip, Barker, Ainsley, Burns, Eagle, Ryan Jarvis, Rossi Jarvis, Fisk, Hodd (Henderson 71), Bammant (Woods-Garness 68), Reed; Subs (not used): Mason, Smith, Jessup.

Ref: Declan Ford.

Att: ATT 1,499 (109).