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Jon Stevenson takes on his marker

Burscough 2-1 Pilgrims

Blue Square Conference North

Once again Boston United surrendered a lead on their travels and came home with nothing. The Pilgrims began the match with two changes to their starting line-up over the side that had beaten Tamworth in midweek. Mbiyeye Medine came in for injured Stewart Talbot and Lee Crockett was a late addition in goal after Chris Wright pulled up during the pre-match warm up. The first half was fairly uneventful. Burscough created a few chances but none were sufficiently good to give Crockett any problems. Boston won a few corners but nothing came of them. Boston were much more lively in the second half. They attacked down the wings and gaps started appearing in the Burscough defence. The pressure paid off in the 60th minute when Jon STEVENSON made it three goals in three appearances when he headed a right wing cross from O'Halloran past McMillan in the Burscough goal.

Unfortunately Stevenson injured himself putting the ball in the net and had to be replaced by Kieran Leabon. Boston kept attacking and looked likely to increase their lead until Burscough brought on two substitutes who had a significant impact. Matty Parry started a move which ended in an equaliser when Ciaran KILHEENEY found himself unmarked with the easy task of heading home past Crockett. A minute later Burscough scored the winning goal when Parry was hacked down by Tony Crane and the referee awarded the penalty. KILHEENEY stepped up to fire the ball into the bottom left corner past Crockett's despairing dive. Right at the death Boston thought they had levelled the scores when Nicholls found the net following a free kick, but the referee had already blown for time.

Boston United: Lee Crockett, Tom Matthews, Matt Bloomer, Tony Crane (Liam Green 83), Paul Ellender, Mbiyeye Medine, Ashley Nicholls, Matt O'Halloran (Lee Thompson 83), Jon Froggatt, Jon Stevenson (Kieran Leabon 64), David Galbraith. Subs not used: Rob Wesley, David Chick.

Match report and photograph copyright © Ken Fox 2007.