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Saturday, 19th September 2015
Boston Town
2 : 1
Wellingborough Town

Boston Town 2, Wellingborough 1

Poachers snatch dramatic late victory

Boston Town 2, Wellingborough 1

Boston orchestrated a thrilling comeback on Saturday, showing considerable spirit in a heavily contested game. After a dismal defeat to Northampton Sileby Rangers a week before, Boston looked eager to get back to winning ways, but with only 10 men on the pitch with the score line reading 1-0 to Wellingborough going into the final ten minutes, it seemed they were heading for another disappointing loss. However Boston had different ideas with Alex Beck and Jack Wightwick ensuring all three points stayed at the DWB stadium in a thrilling finale.
It took a controversial red card for Terry Fleming to force the game to life, with both teams stepping up the tempo to capture the result they desired. In a game which saw four yellow cards as well as the debated red, the game became heated with both sides locking horns to capitalize on the few opportunities provided. New signing Jordan Nuttell returned for his first game back at Boston and, in a solid performance, provided both the assists for the decisive goals. It certainly looks like Nuttell could go on and play a pivotal role in Boston’s season.  
The game began with an edgy start from both sides with little creativity or goal scoring opportunities to show. However it didn’t take long before the first card was produced by the referee on five minutes for Jason Field’s tackle. Boston had their first chance on the quarter hour mark after slow build up play forced a free kick just outside the area. Field stepped up and stroked a well placed free kick over the wall only to be denied by a superb save by the Wellingborough keeper Bellairs. First half frustration continued to mount with Boston still unable to find the back of the net despite having numerous chances. A Nuttell header in the 44th minute from a well placed cross from Aaron Eyett was the closest the Poachers came, the header narrowly rising over the bar.
The second half began badly for the home side as it took only a minute before the Northamptonshire side went ahead. A simple ball over the top fell kindly to Jake Newman who smashed the ball into the back of the net past the despairing Doughty - a poor goal to concede considering the solidity of the Boston defence in the first half. Despite this, Boston picked themselves up quickly and in the 56th minute the ball fell to Craig Parker who struck the ball home only for the linesman’s flag to rule it offside. As Boston pursued the equalizer their efforts took a major blow when in winning the ball Terry Fleming’s outstretched leg caught a Wellingborough player. After a heated confrontation between players, the Boston midfielder was shown a straight red card.  Wellingborough’s Dowling appeared to be lucky not to receive the same for his retaliation on Fleming, instead escaping with a yellow, seemingly for dissent.
Despite being a man down, the Poachers continued to strive towards an equalizer with  the game clearly not in their favour. Nevertheless Wellingborough were not prepared to give up so easily and in the 82nd minute after another weighted through ball saw Newman stroke his shot inches past the Boston goal.  As the Poachers seemed to be heading for another defeat the game took a decisive turn. In the 85th minute a long throw from Ford met the head of Nuttell who delicately flicked the ball on for Beck to poke the ball past the Wellingborough keeper.  With only ten men on the pitch a draw seemed a satisfactory result yet Boston’s fight was not yet over. With only two minutes left to play Nuttell weaved his way past two defenders with fine footwork before offloading the ball to Jack Wightwick. The winger swerved his way into the box and, having beaten four defenders, placed his shot into the top left corner.
It was a crushing blow for the visitors, the defeat leaving them second bottom of the ChromaSport United Counties League Premier Division with just three points to their name. It would also signal the last involvement of manager Jamie Wright who resigned later that evening. The Poachers by contrast moved up one place to seventh in the league.
Boston Town:  Doughty, Lambley, Parker, Borbely (Kennedy), Ashton (Ford), Stevens (Fleming), Eyett, Field, Beck, Nuttell, Wightwick.

Subs (not used): Battersby, Jencsi
 

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