Boston Standard sports editor Duncan Browne offers his take on today’s contest...
MATCH RESULT: Boston United 1 (Mills 41) Solihull Moors 2 (Bogle 27, Elvins 79)
WHAT WE EXPECTED: Solihull have spent the best part of the past few years being Boston’s bogey team, picking up a succession of narrow 1-0 victories. But all that changed last season. This campaign has seen Moors hit form again, scoring 11 in their past three league matches, all of which were victories. United began the day a place higher up in the table, but a victory was far from guaranteed.
WHAT WE GOT: A tense, tight but interesting affair. There’s little between these two in the table, and it showed.
MAGIC MOMENT: Out on the left wing, Rene Steer spotted Moors stopper Tony Breeden off his line. Instantly, he whipped in a 35-yard lob which left the keeper stranded but fell just wide of the mark. Had it been a foot or two to the left it’d be a goal you’d be talking about for years to come.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Michael Hollingsworth once again excelled in the centre of midfield for United. Up against a physical Solihull side the teenager was unflinching... and he didn’t even pick up his customary booking. However, after playing 90 and 70 minutes in the past eight days, after a month without a game, he was replaced by Kyle Dixon before his legs began to tire.
GOAL OF THE GAME: A spilled cross, a heavily-deflected drive and a scuffed effort. Not really much to choose from.
ONE TO WATCH: Moors’ Omar Bogle hasn’t scored 12 league goals by accident. Today’s effort was a little fortunate, but his powerfula nd tricky running meant the United defence had a tough afternoon.
REF WATCH: Anthony Tankard took charge of United’s two matches against Stockport County last season, proving he wasn’t afraid to award penalties or dish out red cards. But he had a relatively quiet day.
RATINGS: Vince 6, Marrs 7, Steer 7 (Felix 82, 5), Marshall 7, Garner 7, Piergianni 7, Mills 8, Hollingsworth 8 (Dixon 70, 6), Southwell 6, Jones 6 (Newsham 75, 5), Tempest 7; Subs (not used): Galinski, Doran.