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Boston United
Alfreton Town
M Warren (16'), J Keane (40'), G Smith (77')
Full time
Tue 8 Aug 19:45 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Attendance 1,107

Boston United 3-1 Alfreton Town

Mason Warren, Jordan Keane and Gregg Smith scored the crucial goals as Boston United defeated Alfreton Town on Tuesday evening.

Warren handed the Pilgrims a 16th minute lead at The Jakemans Stadium and despite Craig Westcarr equalising five minutes later, United led at half-time courtesy of Keane's first goal for the club.

Smith added a diving header on 77 minutes to seal a first victory of the league season for Adam Murray's side.

United boss Murray had opted to freshen up his team prior to kick-off, with four changes made to the side beaten at Southport on the opening day.

Murray got the necessary response from his players with a vibrant display and the Pilgrims took the lead when two incomers to the side combined — WARREN tapping home after Tyrell Waite’s cross has been fumbled by keeper Chris Elliott.

Alfreton levelled on 21 minutes when United were unable to clear their lines and WESTCARR prodded an angled finish beyond the reach of George Willis in the Pilgrims’ goal.

United stepped up a gear before the break and Waite’s drive deflected wide off Craig Disley before Elliott flung himself across goal to tip Warren’s bouncing effort wide.

Boston were back in front when James Clifton’s corner picked out Waite and once his fierce drive had been parried by Elliott, KEANE safely tucked home the rebound.

United had further chances before the break, with Smith acrobatically firing wide on the end of Clifton’s cross and Elliott producing a stunning save, high to his left, to thwart Brad Beatson from the edge of the box.

Chances were more at a premium after the break, although Ashley Hemmings’ curling effort flashed just wide from distance.

Alfreton sub Brody Robertson wasted a good chance to equalise when he headed Billy Whitehouse’s cross wide and United made them pay with SMITH diving to head home Clifton’s corner with 13 minutes to play.

Robertson had a further chance for Alfreton, but could only poke wide after getting in between Clifton and Willis to fire goalwards.

Boston (4-2-3-1): George Willis; James Clifton, Tom Batchelor, Jack Cowgill, Brad Beatson; Adam Chapman, Jordan Keane; Ashley Hemmings, Mason Warren (Kabongo Tshimanga 67), Tyrell Waite (Taron Hare 83); Gregg Smith. Subs (not used): Jamie McGuire, Karl Hawley, Liam Adams.

Alfreton (4-4-2): Chris Elliott; Sam Topliss, Luke Shiels, Billy Priestley, Tom Allan; Marcus Marshall (Billy Whitehouse 61), Craig Disley, Tom Platt, Ryan Jennings; Andre Johnson (Chris Sharp 55), Craig Westcarr (Brody Robertson 67). Subs (not used): Brad McGowan, Cecil Nyoni.

Referee: Anthony Tankard.

Attendance: 1,107 (47 visitors).

Bradley Beatson

Player of the Match

Bradley Beatson

Key moments

Goal Mason Warren scores for Boston United
Goal Jordan Keane scores for Boston United
Goal Gregory Smith scores for Boston United


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90:00 Player of the Match
Bradley Beatson is awarded player of the match for Boston United
90:00 Yellow Card
James Clifton is yellow carded for Boston United
83:00 Sub On
Taron Hare is substituted on for Boston United
83:00 Sub Off
Tyrell Waite is substituted off for Boston United
77:00 Goal 3 - 0
Gregory Smith scores for Boston United
67:00 Sub On
Kabongo Tshimanga is substituted on for Boston United
67:00 Sub Off
Mason Warren is substituted off for Boston United
59:00 Yellow Card
Gregory Smith is yellow carded for Boston United
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jordan Keane scores for Boston United
16:00 Goal 1 - 0
Mason Warren scores for Boston United
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As it happened

  • Boston United
  • Alfreton Town
  • 0
  • Mason Warren Goal 16:00'
  • Jordan Keane Goal 40:00'
  • Gregory Smith Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Kabongo Tshimanga Sub On 67:00'
  • Mason Warren Sub Off 67:00'
  • Gregory Smith Goal 77:00'
  • Taron Hare Sub On 83:00'
  • Tyrell Waite Sub Off 83:00'
  • James Clifton Yellow Card 90:00'

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