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Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Attendance 1,022

Chorley 0-1 Boston United


Reece Thompson's 10th minute strike sealed an important away victory for Boston United at Chorley on Saturday afternoon.

The Pilgrims made a bright start at Victory Park and took the lead when Thompson combined with strike partner Jake Beesley to fire United in front.

United produced a disciplined performance thereafter and led by the excellent pairing of Ryan Qualter and Jordan Keane at the heart of their defence, repelled anything Chorley threw at the visitors.

The result completed the Pilgrims’ third league double of the season following previous home-and-away successes over North Ferriby United and Alfreton Town.

Ashley Hemmings had already arrowed a bullet effort narrowly wide by the time United took the lead.

Beesley outmaneuvered Andy Teague down the United right which allowed THOMPSON to run through the middle and fire the loose ball past an exposed Matt Urwin.

The Pilgrims managed to keep their play-off chasing hosts at arm’s length and the closest the Magpies came before half-time was when Marcus Carver’s cheeky backheel was clutched by Jon Stewart in the United goal.

Urwin denied Beesley at the start of the second period as the expected Chorley onslaught failed to materialise.

Stewart grabbed an Alex Newby effort before throwing everything behind Adam Blakeman’s dipping volley in the final minute.

United saw out time in a professional manner and finished the match playing against 10 men after Dale Whitham was red-carded for a lunge on Brad Abbott.

Chorley (4-4-2): Matt Urwin; Matt Challoner, Andy Teague, Scott Leather, Adam Blakeman; Khuis Metz (Matt Hughes 29), Josh O’Keefe, Josh Wilson (Dale Whitham 22), Jake Cottrell (Jake Walker 74); Marcus Carver, Alex Newby. Subs (not used): Lee Molyneux, Liam Burgess.

Boston (4-4-2): Jon Stewart; Wes Atkinson, Ryan Qualter, Jordan Keane, Stephen Brogan; Jay Rollins (James Clifton 75), Brad Abbott, Jamie McGuire, Ashley Hemmings; Reece Thompson (Kabongo Tshimanga 84), Jake Beesley (Gregg Smith 70). Subs (not used): Taron Hare, Jonathan Wafula.

Referee: Rebecca Welch.

Attendance: 1,022.

Ryan Qualter

Player of the Match

Ryan Qualter

Key moments

Goal Reece Thompson scores for Boston United


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jon Stewart keeps a clean sheet for Boston United
90:00 Player of the Match
Ryan Qualter is awarded player of the match for Boston United
90:00 Yellow Card
Jamie McGuire is yellow carded for Boston United
84:00 Sub On
Kabongo Tshimanga is substituted on for Boston United
84:00 Sub Off
Reece Thompson is substituted off for Boston United
75:00 Sub On
James Clifton is substituted on for Boston United
75:00 Sub Off
Jay Rollins is substituted off for Boston United
70:00 Sub On
Gregg Smith is substituted on for Boston United
70:00 Sub Off
Jake Beesley is substituted off for Boston United
End of period 1
10:00 Goal 0 - 1
Reece Thompson scores for Boston United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chorley
  • Boston United
  • 0
  • Reece Thompson Goal 10:00'
  • Gregg Smith Sub On 70:00'
  • Jake Beesley Sub Off 70:00'
  • James Clifton Sub On 75:00'
  • Jay Rollins Sub Off 75:00'
  • Kabongo Tshimanga Sub On 84:00'
  • Reece Thompson Sub Off 84:00'
  • Jamie McGuire Yellow Card 90:00'

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League round up

League table

# 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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