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Harriers slip up at Boston

Ian Britton The Harriers travelled to the East Coast for a game at struggling Boston and came back empty handed.  This set back in their quest for the 2nd Division came after a good win at Exeter during midweek.  Ian Britton decided to go with an unchanged side.

We started promisingly enough when Sam Shiltons cross was fired straight at the Boston keeper by a defender.  The rebound fell for Drewe Broughton who was unable to react quickly enough.

Adie Smith came to our rescue minutes later when he managed to block a shot from the impressive Richard Logan but luckily the resulting corner was wasted.

At the other end our first corner gave Dion Scott a chance to score but his flicked header was off target.  We threatened to score again when Sean Flynn blocked a Boston clearance.  The ball fell again for Broughton and he touched the ball on for Bo Henriksen but Bo fired wide from the edge of the box.

The early exchanges were all Harriers but that was about to change because Boston suddenly scored on the break.

Boston's top scorer Logan put them ahead on 24 minutes with a low finish from just inside the box after Craig Hinton's clearance had come back off Duffield and the striker made no mistake in slotting it past Fraser Digby.

Boston piled the pressure on then and we had no real answer to it.  First the ex Walsall midfielder Tom Bennett drilled a ball across the face of the goal, then he went close again with a 25yd free kick that just went over the bar.

Harriers went further behind just before half-time when Duffield's flick for Weatherstone set him up to unleash a half-volley that went in off the underside of the bar.

Boston still had chances in the added time when Digby did well to keep out a Liam George shot and see Logan's rebound shot charged down by the Harriers shaky defence.

HT. 2 - 0

At half-time Ian Britton bought on Lee Ayres in place of JJ Melligan in a bid to get back into the game.  It's not known yet if JJ was injured.

Though the defence had now been tightened up we had lost our midfield dynamo and although the Harriers managed to prevent Boston creating chances they were making no impression in attack and were struggling to put any passes together.

Sean Parrish We made two further substitutions after 66 minutes when Sean Parrish and Andy Bishop replaced Shilton and Broughton respectively but within a minute Boston had another chance to score when Weatherstone fired into the side netting.

We had our first shot on goal in the 70th minute when Ayres header from a Sean Parrish corner was on target but it was easily held by Paul Bastock.

Within a minute Dean Bennett was forced to go off with a hamstring strain and the Harriers were forced to play with 10 men because they had made all three substitutions.

Bo Henriksen was then booked on 73 minutes for persistent misconduct.

Harriers nearly got back into the game on 77 minutes when Bastock made an excellent save from Parrish's fierce half-volley from the edge of the area.  It was all too late though because just after Boston increased their lead further.

Digby's goal kick was headed back into the danger zone by Tom Bennett and Logan calmly took the ball past Lee Ayres to send the ball past Digby.

This was a disappointing result for us but after such a good run in recent weeks we had to lose sometime.  It gives Boston three vital points in their battle to beat relegation but only sets our play-off bid back slightly.

FT. 3 - 0

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Boston Utd  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Bastock     Digby  
Ellender     Scott  
Balmer     Smith  
Hocking     Williams  
Chapman     Hinton  
Gould     Melligan  
McCarthy     D Bennett  
T Bennett     Flynn  
Duffield     Broughton  
S Weatherstone     Henriksen
Logan     Shilton  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Price     Brock  
George     Ayres  
R Weatherstone     Bishop  
Town     Foster  
Douglas     Parrish  

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