Boston United



First Team

Sat 30 Mar 2019 | National League North | Away


The Jakemans Stadium




Elliott Swallow




It was a first minute strike from Boston’s Jake Wright that set the tone of the afternoon, as the home side cruised to victory over Curzon Ashton at the Jakemans Stadium. 


The afternoon was one that saw total dominance really from start to finish by the hosts, allowing Curzon little to no chances throughout, and ultimately allowing them no real avenue into the game.


The game got off to a rapid start when the ball was bundled home by Jake Wright in the first minute of the game, leaving Curzon’s defence standing is disarray.


As the game moved on, neither side really took control of the game despite the score line, with both sides attempting to play long-ball to their wide men, and nothing really coming from the half chances being created.


As we reached the ten-minute mark, the first clear-cut chance since the goal came for Boston. This came when Joel Senior was late to a challenge on his Boston counterpart, giving the home side a free-kick in a dangerous position out wide. The resulting free-kick came to nothing for Boston, but for Curzon it proved to be a wake-up call as to what Boston could do in the wide positions.


As we moved deeper into the first half, it was clear that Boston possessed a lot of danger in the wide positions, whilst the young Curzon full-backs struggled to get up to the pace of the game. This meant the home side continued to exploit these weaknesses and create further chances for their forwards.


After a spell of chances for the home side, Curzon began to find their feet in the game, having a brief spell of possession. With this, Boston adopted a deeper stance on the game, limiting Curzon to playing long balls up to Luke Wall and Sean Miller, to no success.


The next chance in the game fell to Curzon when Ryan Brooke retrieved the ball in the middle of the park, and broke into the attacking third and won a free kick, showing what can be done when the ball is played on the floor.


Boston created another chance when a simple long-ball by the home goalkeeper appeared to carry no real danger until the Curzon skipper needlessly fouled Boston’s front-man, awarding them a free-kick in a dangerous area of Curzon’s half. This chance allowed the momentum to shift back into the favour of the home side.


Boston doubled their lead when Senior was again beaten out wide, allowing the cross to come in, and the ball was slotted under a helpless Cam Mason, giving the home side a two-goal lead approaching the half hour mark.


As the half approached its finish, Curzon continued to sloppily give away possession, and give up further chances to the home side. Whilst Boston continued to squander opportunities to really put the game to bed.


The next opportunity for Curzon came when a desperate long-ball was fantastically controlled by Luke Wall, who beat two men and was taken down 30 yards out from goal. Th resulting free-kick was smashed home by Lewis Reilly, who’s strike dipped out of the reach of the Boston goalkeeper.


With that goal, Curzon appeared to be back in the game, before a complacent Curzon defence allowed the Boston attacker enough space to break through and go down earning his side a stoppage-time penalty in the first half. The resulting penalty was belted home, making the score 3-1 as we reached the break.


As we begun the 2nd half, Boston quickly regained total control of the fixture, having most of the ball, and creating lots of chances in the wide positions, where the defenders had appeared to completely switch off at times.


A few chances were created by Curzon through runs forward by Sean Miller and Luke Wall, but a lack of cutting edge or quality meant that nothing came as a result, and Boston could clear with real ease. 


Boston closed their account for the afternoon when a defensive mix-up gifted the ball to the attacker, and the ball was bundled into an unguarded net, to make it 4-1.


As the 2nd half came to a finish, Curzon had failed to really stamp themselves on the game, being limited to only half chances. Boston on the other hand had controlled the game throughout, having most of the ball and creating most of the chances throughout.


Match Report by Jack Earl


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