Spalding 5ths 3 Boston Hockey Club Men 3: Last-gasp strike salvages a draw

Andy Stone.
Andy Stone.

Boston Hockey Club’s Men’s team earned a 3-3 draw at Spalding Fifths on Saturday.

With Horncastle wrapping up the Eastern League Division 6NW, second place is now the highest Tim Humphrey’s side can finish.

And 10 minutes into the contest it looked like they would be able to secure second spot as they raced into a 2-0 lead.

The first goal saw Andy Stone bamboozle the Spalding keeper as he forced home Richard Wightman’s cross after the ball had taken several deflections on its way to the striker.

The away side then doubled their lead when Jamie Birks flicked the ball home from a short corner routine.

Boston, it seemed, were coasting.

However, that two-goal cushion saw them relax too much and that let a young, organised and skilful Spalding side back into the game.

A good move saw the home side pull a goal back before stand-in Boston keeper Alan Storr was beaten from a short corner to bring the scores level at the interval.

Things went from bad to worse when Boston conceded a third, but after that they took the game to Spalding.

Stray passes and simple errors looked made it feel as if it was going to be one of those days for Boston.

But their blushes were spared when Jamie Birks scored with 90 seconds of the game remaining, his deft sweep home rebounding in off the unfortunate goalkeeper’s helmet.

The result saw Alford move above Boston into second.

However, there were some further positives for Boston, with young players Dominic Wilson and Charlie Davy looking strong in defence.

Boston are now guaranteed third position and can still claw back second iof results go their way when they host Grantham Firsts in their final game of the season on Saturday (2pm).