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Boston Utd 0 Harriers 3    (LDV Trophy 2)

Date: 23-11-05 Venue: York Street att: 1131 away fans: 49
Christie gets Bostin double
After weeks of playing poorly the Harriers did the un-believable tonight when they went to Boston for a LDV Trophy Rd 2 game and came back victorious with a 3 - 0 scoreline thanks to a double from the under fire Iyseden Christie and a first goal of the season for Michael Blackwood.

There was an un-expected start for Taiwo Atieno after Walsall finally gave permission for him to play in cup games for us and there was also another start for Russell Penn after his promising debut against York City five days ago.    Wayne Hatswell came back into the side and Michael Blackwood re-claimed his place out wide.

There was a slow start to the game with both sides testing each other out on a cold Eastern Seaboard night.    Noel Whelan took a shot that went just wide for Boston and in reply Tai sent one just over the bar but the game soon burst into life, for us, when the Boston keeper, Nathan Abbey, dropped the ball for reasons known only to himself for Christie, who doesn't scorn such chances, to knock the ball past him in the 26th minute.

Two minutes later and Christie had grabbed another to put us into a 2 - 0 lead when he sent in a low shot from the right hand side of the penalty area.

It took until ten minutes from the end of the first half for Boston to get their next sight of goal when Lawrie Dudfield sent one in from 25yds out but Daniel Lewis in the Harriers goal saved it easily enough.

Five minutes later and the game was up for Boston when Michael Blackwood got our third and final goal of the night.    It was no more than he deserved as he came in from the right hand side of the Boston goal, took aim, and sent the ball into the net via a deflection.
HT: 0 - 3
The second half started with wholesale changes to the Boston line-up as Holland, Thomas and Whelan made way for Rusk, Lee and Maylett.    The Boston manager went and sat in the stands to hide.

His team tried to get something out of the game and went close on a few occasions with attempts on goal from Ross, Futcher and Maylett but it was all too late.

The Harriers had more or less shut up shop and were determined not to lose this one.    Towards the end we had our own flurry of substitutions but it was mainly to run the clock down and get back onto the coach to go home to a warm bed.

Probably the biggest cheer of the night came in the last minute of the game when Lee Thompson came on for Iyseden Christie.    The few remaining Boston fans were welcoming home one of their favourite ex players but what they can see in him I'll never understand.

We now go into the hat for Saturday mornings draw for the Quarter Finals.    That game will most likely be played on December 20th unless we draw in our FA Trophy game the previous Saturday and have the replay then.    I can see a bit of fixture congestion on the horizon.
FT: 0 - 3

 Goals for Harriers: Christie 26, 28, Blackwood 40,

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Boston Utd  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Abbey     Lewis  
Canoville     Mullins gif
Ellender     Hatswell  
Futcher     Penn gif
McCann     Jackson  
Ross gif   Burgess  
Talbot     Pugh  
Holland     Heslop  
Thomas     Christie  
Whelan     Atieno gif
Dudfield     Blackwood  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Wright     Thompson  
Maylett     Wilson  
White     Graves  
Lee gif   Hurren  
Rusk     Butler  

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