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Boston United
Nuneaton Town
A Simmons (90')
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Sat 25 Feb 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Attendance 956

Boston United 1-3 Nuneaton Town

Boston United succumbed to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Nuneaton Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Pilgrims started brightly but wasted a number of chances before Ashley Chambers fired the visitors in front two minutes before half-time.

Further strikes from Jordan Nicholson and Joe Ironside sandwiched a red card for Boro's Exodus Geohaghon as the Pilgrims were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage. Alex Simmons eventually cut the deficit in stoppage time.

United’s collapse was all the more galling given their bright start at a soggy Jakemans Stadium, with Karl Hawley testing Tyrell Belford early on and Charlie Gatter’s inviting cross from the right narrowly evading Colby Bishop in the centre of goal.

The Pilgrims suffered an injury blow when Jay Rollins limped off after 13 minutes but they continued taking the fight to Boro, with Belford saving well from Adam Chapman’s 20-yard free-kick and then Ben O’Hanlon hacking off the line to deny Jan Yeomans.

United’s best chance arrived with 26 minutes on the clock but Bishop somehow blazed wide across goal after meeting Yeomans’ cross.

Nuneaton took the lead after Ironside had badly miscued a header on goal. The ball was partially cleared but CHAMBERS took full advantage to arrow a fine effort beyond Ross Durrant’s grasp two minutes before the break.

Boro edged two goals in front 10 minutes after half-time when Chambers picked out an unmarked NICHOLSON to steer the ball past an exposed Durrant.

A flashpoint developed following Josh Robinson’s foul on Ironside on the hour mark. The United defender was cautioned but was subsequently head-butted by Geohaghon as the resulting free-kick prepared to be taken.

Referee Garreth Rhodes promptly hoisted the red card after the eagle-eyed intervention of assistant Nicholas Hawksby.

The numerical disadvantage did not deter Boro though and they add their third goal on 66 minutes in comical circumstances.

Gatter’s back header to Durrant was undercooked and IRONSIDE nipped in to slam home a second effort after seeing his first heroically blocked by Robinson.

Ironside later rattled the post in search of his second but the Pilgrims finally got themselves on the scoresheet when SIMMONS neatly steered home substitute Joe Fitzpatrick’s cross from the right with a minute of added time played.

Boston (4-4-2): Ross Durrant; Charlie Gatter (Lewis Hilliard 71), Josh Robinson, Tom Batchelor, Jan Yeomans; Jay Rollins (Kalern Thomas 13), Shane Clarke (Joe Fitzpatrick 55), Adam Chapman, Alex Simmons; Karl Hawley, Colby Bishop. Subs (not used): Ben Gordon, Callum Chippendale.

Nuneaton (3-5-2): Tyrell Belford; Jimmy Mutton, Exodus Geohaghon, Kelvin Langmead; Devon Kelly-Evans, Tom Elliott, David Morgan, Jordan Nicholson (Conor Anderson 63), Ben O’Hanlon; Joe Ironside, Ashley Chambers (Greg Mills 77). Subs (not used): Greg Tempest, Kristian Scott, Christian Dibble (gk).

Referee: Garreth Rhodes.

Attendance: 956 (51 visitors).

Key moments

90:00
Goal Alex Simmons scores for Boston United

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alex Simmons scores for Boston United
90:00 Player of the Match
Kalern Thomas is awarded player of the match for Boston United
75:00 Yellow Card
Jan Yeomans is yellow carded for Boston United
71:00 Sub On
Lewis Hilliard is substituted on for Boston United
71:00 Sub Off
Charlie Gatter is substituted off for Boston United
60:00 Yellow Card
Josh Robinson is yellow carded for Boston United
55:00 Sub On
Joe Fitzpatrick is substituted on for Boston United
55:00 Sub Off
Shane Clarke is substituted off for Boston United
End of period 1
13:00 Sub On
Kalern Thomas is substituted on for Boston United
13:00 Sub Off
Jay Rollins is substituted off for Boston United
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  • Boston United
  • Nuneaton Town
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  • Kalern Thomas Sub On 13:00'
  • Jay Rollins Sub Off 13:00'
  • Joe Fitzpatrick Sub On 55:00'
  • Shane Clarke Sub Off 55:00'
  • Josh Robinson Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Lewis Hilliard Sub On 71:00'
  • Charlie Gatter Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jan Yeomans Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Alex Simmons Goal 90:00'
  • Kalern Thomas Player of the Match 90:00'

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