United Counties League
United Counties League
Boston Town 4
Harrowby United 1
Harrowby United slumped to a disappointing defeat at a rain-swept Tattershall Road Stadium, home of Lincolnshire neighbours Boston Town.
The Arrows started the game well in near monsoon conditions, forcing a succession of corners from which Barry Payne went closest to opening the scoring, heading just wide of the goal after two minutes.
Boston weathered the early Arrows storm and took the initiative after 11 minutes when the visitors lost possession in midfield. Tim Lowe played a ball into striker Alex Beck who controlled and fired a low right foot shot past Aiden Hotchin in the Harrowby goal.
A stunned United fell further behind a minute later when, after pressure down the right, a ball into the penalty area was headed out by Arrows man-of-the-match Jack Whyley. Lori Borbely picked the ball up and somehow squeezed a low shot past Hotchin’s despairing dive and into the bottom right hand corner.
Harrowby then had to soak up a period of sustained pressure from the home side with Whyley and Billy Stubbs outstanding at the heart of the defence. Hotchin saved well at the foot of his right hand post after 36 minutes which led to Harrowby enjoying a good but fruitless spell up to half time.
Boston put the outcome of the game beyond doubt as early as the 46th minute when once again Harrowby gave the ball away carelessly in the middle of the park and were punished by Beck as he collected a ball into the area and fired past a helpless Hotchin.
The Arrows were now playing merely for pride and Sam Hill had a shot deflected behind for a corner after 67 minutes. United lost Stubbs to an ankle injury after 77 seven minutes and, from the free kick, Boston added a fourth goal. A ball out to the left flank led to a low cross into the area which was palmed away by Hotchin but fell nicely to Gary Cross who fired an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from 10 yards out.
Harrowby’s late persistence was rewarded with a consolation goal on 82 minutes for ever-lively Lee Shaw. Shaw ran on to a through-ball from Payne and delicately lobbed the ball over Boston custodian Ricky Drury and into the net.
The Arrows had a final effort in stoppage time when a corner found its way to substitute Shaun Daykin at the far post, but his well-struck shot cleared the cross bar.
Harrowby United: Hotchin, Currall, Clarke, Stubbs (Daykin, 77), Whyley (c), Lee (Parker, 45), Jaques (Weatherstone, 58), Hill, Webb, Payne, Shaw.