Boston United 3 Alfreton Town 1

FT: Boston United 3    1 Alfreton Town

08 August 2017

Alfreton Town wait for an elusive maiden win at Boston United stretching to a 56th season when John McDermott suffered his first defeat as Red's manager on Tuesday night.

Both Gregg Smith and Tyrell Waite had gone close for the Pilgrims before Waite's 16th minute bye-line cross was swept home by Mason Warren after Red's keeper Chris Elliott could only palm the ball into the scorer's path.

Alfreton had been frustratingly benign up to that point, but launchrd a couple of attacks that brought about an equaliser within five minutes of going behind, skipper Craig Disley's blocked shot rebounding for Craig Westcarr to find the net with an angled drive.

A similar effort from Westcarr was blocked by keeper George Willis before Boston regained the lead five minutes before the break. Jordan Keane on hand this time to capitalise at the near post after Elliott had parried a stinging drive from Waite.

The Red's keeper made a couple of superb saves in the remainder of the first half to deny Smith and Brad Beatson, the latter a reflex reaction as the ball reared up off the roughest most uneven six-yard box they are likely to experience all season.

HT: Boston United 2    1 Alfreton Town

A much more determined start to the second half by the visitors saw Sam Topliss lob the ball on to the top of the crossbar from wide right after Westcarr's cross had led to sub Chris Sharp's glancing header being retrieved by Billy Priestley in the 62nd minute. Then seven minutes later Willis smothered the ball as Sharp homed in on Prestley's header into the box.

However the turning point came in the 72nd minute when a jinking run by Billy Whitehouse led to Brody Robertson sending a free header wide of the near post from eight yards, last season's top scorer with Cleethorpes Town also poking the ball wide under pressure from a Tom Platt through-ball after United had added a third goal.

The killer goal came 13 minutes from time from Smith's diving header from a left-wing corner, leaving the travelling contingent, disappointed and frustrated.

Alfreton Town Team:
Elliott, Topliss, Shiels, Priestley, Allan, Marshall ( Whitehouse 61), Disley, Platt, Jennings, Johnson ( Sharp 55 ), Westcarr ( Robertson 61 )

Subs not used : McGowan, Nyoni

Boston United Team:

Willis, Clifton, Beatson, Batchelor, Cowgill, Keane, Waite ( Hare 82 ), Chapman, Smith, Hemmings, Warren ( Tshiminga 66 )

 Subs not used : Hawley, McGuire, Adams 

Attendance: 1107

Referee: Anthony Tankard Match Reports

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