First Team - Report
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Boston United 3-2 Chester FC
Ben Fairclough scored twice as Boston United produced a terrific first half performance to sink Chester FC at The Jakemans Stadium on Saturday.
United composed themselves though and deservedly claimed three crucial Blue Square Bet North points.
There had been little sign of things to come, with Chester arriving in Lincolnshire on the back of seven successive victories, while United’s early season form was up-and-down.
United got off to a dream start. Spencer Weir-Daley twisted and turned before supplying Jason Stokes down the left and his cross-shot was drilled home, off the inside of the post, by FAIRCLOUGH despite John Danby’s best efforts on the line.
Danby had to be on form to keep out a Newsham drive moments later, following interchange with Weir-Daley, while Stokes’ delightful cross found Newsham, whose weak header did not unduly trouble the Chester keeper.
Boston raced into a 2-0 lead on 35 minutes. Danby stormed out of his box to head the ball away but FAIRCLOUGH seized possession and sailed home a brilliant lob from a tight angle.
There was more joy for the Pilgrims two minutes later. Pinball in the Chester box ensued and MILNES drove home the loose ball to send the United faithful into dreamland.
Dan Haystead made a terrific save to keep out Ben Mills’ towering header in the final act of the first half as Chester headed into the break with a three-goal deficit to contend with.
The Blues were a different side after the break and soon had the outcome backing the melting pot. They cut United’s lead three minutes after the break with HOWARD guiding the ball home following Mills’ driven cross from the right.
Another cutting Chester move reaped rewards a minute later when HOWARD produced an ever better angled finish to cast real doubt in United’s minds.
The Pilgrims gradually composed themselves though and looked to utilise the pace of Fairclough on the break, as Chester cranked up the pressure.
In one notable break, Fairclough’s teasing cross was nodded wide at the near post by Weir-Daley.
Chances were at a premium in the closing stages, but keepers Haystead and Danby made solid saves to deny Nathan Jarman and Ian Ross respectively as the Pilgrims were able to contemplate a memorable home win.
Boston (4-4-2): Dan Haystead; Gary Silk, Tom Ward, Nathan Stainfield, Gareth Jelleyman; Ben Fairclough, Ben Milnes, Ian Ross, Jason Stokes (Kallum Smith 50); Spencer Weir-Daley (Korey Dyer-Stewart 90), Marc Newsham. Subs (not used): James Reed, Jason Field, Conor Marshall.
Chester (4-4-2): John Danby; Wes Baynes, George Horan, Paul Linwood, Matty McGinn; Dave Hankin, Levi Mackin (Michael Powell 65), Antoni Sarcevic, Ashley Williams (Iain Howard 46); Marc Williams (Nathan Jarman 46), Ben Mills. Subs (not used): Dominic Collins, Sean Clancy.
Referee: John Brooks