2017-18 season review

23 May 2018 in News

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Review of 2017-18

As 2017-18 finally comes to close, we reflect on a memorable year at the DWB Stadium...

It was a rollercoaster of a season for Boston Town, one which will always be remembered for our stirring FA Cup run.

There was plenty of upheaval, too, as manager Gary Frost parted company with the club and was replaced by Dennis Greene.

We also suffered one of our heaviest defeats for years as we were walloped 8-0 by Yaxley, who would go on to be United Counties League champions, on their artificial pitch.

Huge credit should go to the famous five of Simon Ashton, Richard Ford, Jordan Tate, Jason Field and Fraser Bayliss, who formed the backbone of the side throughout the campaign. They were the only players who made more than 40 appearances and Ashston in particular had a remarkable record, missing just the single game (that hammering at Yaxley!) and starting every one of the other 52 fixtures.

Simon Ashton  52

Richard Ford  50

Jordan Tate  48

Jason Field  45

Fraser Bayliss  43

A big shout out should also go to Cameron Johnson, who scored 13 goals in just 15 appearacnes at the end of the season, winning the league Goalscorer of the Month award for March in the process.

The undoubted highlight, though, was our heroic FA Cup run in August and September, with the giantkilling wins against Carlton Town, Hednesford Town and Dereham Town representing three of the club's best performances for years.

Reaching the 3rd Qualifying Round, where we gave mighty Hyde United a massive scare before being agonisingly knocked out by a controversial late penalty, was our best FA Cup showing since 1976 when we played Barnsley in the 1st Round Proper. 

But we almost fell at the first hurdle! It's easy to forget that we were trailing in extra-time to East Midlands League side Radford in an Extra Preliminary Round replay before Danny Maddison equalised late on and we squeezed through on penalties.

The loss of players such as Ben Davison, Will Britton and Aaron Eyett disrupted our efforts to achieve a Top 8 finish in the league but once the new boss had the chance to re-shape the team under his management, the Poachers certainly showed plenty of promise in the closing stages of the campaign.

Several young players impressed, with Seth Greeves often performing heroics in goal and youngsters Keegan Townrow and Lewis Scattergood adding fresh impetus to the side along with the return of the experienced Ollie Pinner. Teenagers Mido Turki and Peter Evison also forced their way into regular first team action. Turki, together with the likes of Robert Raducan also helped the Under 21 side to a creditable first season in the Lincs Under 21 Development League South, beating rivals Boston United away back in October.

Thanks should also go to the tireless efforts of those who put in countless hours behind the scenes to keep the club going - Eddie, Pam, Lori and Tim to name but a few but many more besides - and also to the invaluable support of all our sponsors, including Steve Pinner and DWB Timber Engineering.

Photo: (c) Alan Palmer Photography

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