Pilgrims and Institute suffer Lincs League losses

Boston United Reserves football action.
Boston United Reserves football action.

BOSTON United Reserves and Swineshead Institute both suffered defeats in the Lincolnshire League this weekend.

A second-half strike from Daniel Beecham saw United slip to their fifth defeat of the Lincolnshire Leage campaign.

With an hour on the clock, the Grimsby Borough attacker his a speculative strike from 25 yards.

Pilgrims keeper Ricky Drury got a firm hand to the ball, but the power in the strike was enough to see it dip into the back of the net as the keeper lay helpless on the turf.

The contest was delayed for 15 minutes when United striker Charley Sanders was taken ill in the dressing room prior to kick off.

It wasn’t the ideal start for either side and the match began slowly as both sized each other up.

Following some niggling tackles in midfield, United carved out their best chance when Liam Ogden was granted a one-on-one, only to see his effort saved.

Beecham had a first-half chance at the other end, but could not get the better of Drury.

After the interval, Borough were reduced to 10 men after Lee McFarland was sent off for an off-the-ball incident.

After accusing Boston forward Tony Edwards of going down softly in the box, he shoulder-charged his opponent and was handed a harsh dismissal.

At the death, Boston looked to level against their second-placed opponents, but efforts from Richard Jackson and Mitch Eustace failed to find the target.

United are in action at Sleaford Reserves on Saturday (KO 2pm).

Swineshead made the difficult journey to fourth-placed Nettleham – and left empty handed.

Jack Houghton did grab a consolation goal for Institute, but the hosts were comfortable 4-1 winners.