Luke Emery was the likely match winner against Boston Town on Saturday afternoon, scoring the only goal of the game as we battled to a dogged victory against the inform Lincolnshire boys.
The Purple Army’s top goalscorer struck in the 27th minute – his 29th goal in our colours – to fire us ahead and the breakthrough should have allowed us to push on, but Gary Edgley’s visitors dug deep and kept us at bay for the remainder of the game. It was our sixth win in our last eight Premier Division games.
The first real action of note came in the eighth minute as Adam Confue’s ball in was headed away from goal by Kyle Watkins, before Kieran Fitzgerald seized on the free ball, slamming it against the crossbar from twenty yards out.
The winning goal was the next real action of note as we took the lead in the 27th minute. Confue danced his way through the centre of the park and pinged a ball over for Emery, who’s took the pass in his stride, then turning Corey Cuncliffe, before stroking it home from six yards out – his first goal since netting in our win, at Elderstubbs, against Deeping in the beginning of March.
While we were the more dominant side in terms of possession, the Poachers did almost catch us out with a long ball. In the 23rd minute, Liam Tunstall headed on a deep pass and hesitation came from Dean Lukeman’s two failed headed clearances allowed Fraser Bayliss to get to the ball first, but he fired wide of the goalkeeper’s near post.
We created plenty of chances ourselves, though, two of the best in the closing moments of the half. First Kieran Fitzgerald sprinted his way along the right hand side and cut back for Taylor Orosz, who side-footed inches wide while on the stroke of half-time, Orosz took Phil Cassidy’s pass and cut in but thundered a drive that smashed against the post.
Less than a minute after the restart Boston almost took away our lead, Mikkel Fosu surging down the left and crossing for Enea Zouka whose first time effort fizzed inches wide of Lustin Cerga’s far post.
There was a lull in proceedings for a spell as the Poachers stood firm to reduce Arron Parkinson’s men to any clear cut chances, but things sparked into life with 17 minutes on the clock. Fitzgerald sped past Fosu down the right wing and delivered a delightful cross, which Confue rose highest to power a header goal bound only for Travis Portas to deny by tipping over the bar.
Despite our advantage of being camped in our oppositions half, it was actually the visitors who could of levelled up two minutes later when Bayliss got on the end of a cross and forced Cerga into a good save, pushing the Boston striker’s chance over the bar and we cleared our lines from the resulting corner.
In truth there was little for either keeper to do in the final stages as we looked to extend our lead, but failed to really trouble Portas and the narrow margin was enough to secure the points whilst maintain our healthy lead at the summit.
Town: Cerga, Merrill, Lukeman, Harris (c), Alexander, Confue (McGowan 90), Fitzgerald, Cassidy, Emery, Creaney (Jackson 86), Orosz (Stanbridge 77). Substitutes (not used): Henderson, Childs.
Boston: Portas, Sparrow, Fosu, Cuncliffe, Watkins, Zouka, Horton (c), Potts, Tunstall (Fenton 52), Holland (Raducan 64), Bayliss. Substitutes (not used): Karov.
Goal: Town – Emery (27)
Yellow Cards: Town – None; Boston – None.
|Boston Town FC||Loss|
|March 23, 2019||3:00 pm||United Counties League||2019||90'|