SLEAFORD TOWN 5 BOSTON TOWN 4: Poachers edged out in nine-goal thriller

Alex Beck.
Alex Beck.

Boston Town returned to UCL Premier action with a narrow defeat in a nine-goal thriller at Sleaford Town.

The Poachers - who had Lori Borbely sent off - fought back from 3-1 down to level at 4-4, but the hosts claimed the points with 17 minutes to go.

Scot Coupland’s seventh-minute penalty was saved, but the Sleaford man tucked home the rebound.

Ex-Poacher Liam Tunstall doubled the advantage at Eslaforde Park before Jack Wightwick pulled Boston back into the game.

Tunstall rnetted again to make it 3-1 to Sleaford but Wightwick pounced again before half time.

Boston were back level when Seb Firman put the ball in his own net two minutes after the re-start, before Borbely received his marching orders for dissent.

Sleaford regained the lead thanks to Coupland, but the Poachers weren’t ready to lie down and Alex Beck made it 4-4.

But the matchwinning goal arrived in the 73rd minute as Coupland completed his hat-trick.