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Blyth Spartans
A Hemmings (62' Pen), K Tshimanga (84')
Full time
Sat 27 Jan 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Attendance 1,203

Boston United 2-1 Blyth Spartans

Ashley Hemmings and Kabongo Tshimanga struck the decisive blows as Boston United continued their upward momentum on Saturday afternoon.

The Pilgrims were 2-1 victors over promotion-chasing Blyth Spartans at The Jakemans Stadium to clinch a seventh win in eight league matches.

Hemmings' 62nd minute spot-kick had been cancelled out by Dan Maguire 15 minutes later but Tshimanga scored the winner with six minutes to play.

It was a cracking contest played in wet and muddy conditions as Craig Elliott’s side stretched their stunning run of form in the process.

The sides cancelled each other out early on, although Blyth did need successive blocks from David Atkinson to thwart the ever-dangerous Reece Thompson midway through the half.

United debutant Wes Atkinson produced an excellent block on the line at the other end to deny Dale Hopson, who sailed the rebound high over Jon Stewart’s crossbar.

The visitors were awarded a penalty five minutes before half-time, but with plenty of discussion nationally about the new VAR initiative, United were reliant on the input of assistant referee David Jones.

He intervened to inform referee Martin Woods that Stewart had indeed saved well to deny Maguire before catching the Blyth forward and the decision was duly overturned.

United edged in front through their own penalty 17 minutes after the break. Thompson was bundled over by Nathan Buddle and HEMMINGS coolly sailed home his 12th goal of the season.

Blyth were a threat all afternoon, led by the creative talents of Robbie Dale, and Stewart had to be alert to deny Spartans’ talisman after his long-range effort deflected off Andi Thanoj.

The visitors levelled in the 77th minute when Ian Watson delivered a fine ball into the box and after saving his initial header, Stewart could only watch on as MAGUIRE tucked home the rebound.

United were undettered though and retook the lead seven minutes later when substitute TSHIMANGA touched the ball home on the line after Jay Rollins had crossed for Thompson to work an initial shooting opportunity.

There was still time for Peter Jameson to spectacularly deny Hemmings his second and United’s third, but the Pilgrims held on for a memorable victory.

Boston (4-4-2): Jon Stewart; Wes Atkinson, Ryan Qualter, Jordan Keane, Stephen Brogan; Jay Rollins (Taron Hare 89), Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj, Ashley Hemmings (Jamie McGuire 90); Reece Thompson, Gregg Smith (Kabongo Tshimanga 75). Subs (not used): Lee Bennett, George Willis (gk).

Blyth Spartans (4-2-3-1): Peter Jameson; Michael Liddle, David Atkinson, Nathan Buddle, Ian Watson; Sean Reid, Damen Mullen; Jarrett Rivers, Dale Hopson (Adam Wrightson 65), Robbie Dale; Dan Maguire. Subs (not used): Jordan Laidler, David McTiernan, Greg Rutherford, Shaun MacDonald (gk).

Referee: Martin Woods.

Attendance: 1,203 (69 visitors).

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Reece Thompson

Player of the Match

Reece Thompson

Key moments

Scored Penalty Ashley Hemmings scores a penalty for Boston United
Goal Kabongo Tshimanga scores for Boston United


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90:00 Player of the Match
Reece Thompson is awarded player of the match for Boston United
90:00 Sub On
Jamie McGuire is substituted on for Boston United
90:00 Sub Off
Ashley Hemmings is substituted off for Boston United
90:00 Yellow Card
Jon Stewart is yellow carded for Boston United
89:00 Sub On
Taron Hare is substituted on for Boston United
89:00 Sub Off
Jay Rollins is substituted off for Boston United
84:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kabongo Tshimanga scores for Boston United
78:00 Yellow Card
Jay Rollins is yellow carded for Boston United
75:00 Sub On
Kabongo Tshimanga is substituted on for Boston United
75:00 Sub Off
Gregg Smith is substituted off for Boston United
68:00 Yellow Card
Brad Abbott is yellow carded for Boston United
62:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Ashley Hemmings scores a penalty for Boston United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Boston United
  • Blyth Spartans
  • 0
  • Ashley Hemmings Scored Penalty 62:00'
  • Brad Abbott Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Kabongo Tshimanga Sub On 75:00'
  • Gregg Smith Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jay Rollins Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Kabongo Tshimanga Goal 84:00'
  • Taron Hare Sub On 89:00'
  • Jay Rollins Sub Off 89:00'
  • Jamie McGuire Sub On 90:00'
  • Ashley Hemmings Sub Off 90:00'
  • Jon Stewart Yellow Card 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Bradford Park Avenue 42 63
8. Spennymoor Town 42 63
9. Boston United 42 60
10. Blyth Spartans 42 59
11. York City 42 58
12. Darlington 42 55
13. Nuneaton Town 42 55

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