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FC United Of Manchester
Boston United
Full time
B Abbott (23', 85'), A Johnson (77')
Sat 11 Aug 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 1,686

FC United of Manchester 0-3 Boston United


Boston United served up a dominant performance to dismantle FC United of Manchester at Broadhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

Two Brad Abbott strikes sandwiched a sublime Andre Johnson effort as the Pilgrims notched up their first away win of the National League North campaign at the second time of asking.

Abbott's 23rd minute opener set the Pilgrims on their way and once Johnson had added United's second in the 77th minute, Abbott wrapped up three points five minutes from time with his second goal of the afternoon.

Johnson had been handed his first league start ahead of kick-off, with Jonny Margetts the man to miss out.

He played his part in a dominant display from the visitors who carved out early chances through Abbott and Ashley Jackson. Johnson then forced a retreating Luke Ashworth into a crucial block.

The Pilgrims took the lead on 23 minutes when Nathan Arnold supplied a short corner to Adam Marriott and his dinked cross into the box was swept home by ABBOTT from 12 yards.

United’s offensive continued and Jonathan Wafula’s header cleared the bar following Arnold’s corner before Fleetwood Town loanee Billy Crellin stood tall to deny Johnson on the angle.

Boston came even closer to a second goal when Ryan Qualter met Arnold’s corner with a firm header, but the ball was nodded to safety off the line by Jamal Crawford.

FC United’s first proper chance of the afternoon fell to player-manager Tom Greaves three minutes after half-time but he lost his composure at the crucial moment to smash high and wide.

United were unable to grab their second goal despite a string of chances, with Wafula’s header dropping off target and Abbott’s 30-yarder sailing wide.

Arnold and Marriott linked up to provide Wafula with a fine assist but the flag went up as the ball hit the back of the net.

Crellin made a fine save to deny Wafula moments later and Qualter’s subsequent header from an Abbott cross nestled agonisingly wide.

The Pilgrims made the game safe with 13 minutes to play when JOHNSON skipped away down the right before cutting infield and beating Crellin with an emphatic angled finish.

United’s final goal was crafted by substitute Nicky Walker, who waltzed around Stephen O’Halloran to deliver a telling cross from the left and ABBOTT stroked home his second and Boston’s third.

FC United substitute Liam Dickinson, lucky still to be on the pitch after catching Spencer Harris with a flailing arm, clipped the top of the crossbar with a header in the closing stages but the hosts were well beaten.

FC United (4-4-2): Billy Crellin; Joel Senior, Chris Lynch (Sam Baird 74), Luke Ashworth, Stephen O'Halloran, Jamal Crawford, Elliot Simoes, Danny Racchi, Sam Tattum (Liam Dickinson 56); Tom Greaves, Kurt Willoughby. Subs (not used): Brodie Litchfield, Jack Banister.

Boston (4-4-2): George Willis; Ben Middleton, Ryan Qualter, Spencer Harris, Ashley Jackson; Jonathan Wafula, Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj, Nathan Arnold (Grant Roberts 90); Andre Johnson (Craig Westcarr 87), Adam Marriott (Nicky Walker 72). Subs (not used): Jonny Margetts, Toby Lees.

Referee: Elliott Swallow.

Attendance: 1,686.

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Brad Abbott

Player of the Match

Brad Abbott

Key moments

Goal Brad Abbott scores for Boston United
Goal Andre Johnson scores for Boston United
Goal Brad Abbott scores for Boston United


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90:00 Player of the Match
Brad Abbott is awarded player of the match for Boston United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
George Willis keeps a clean sheet for Boston United
90:00 Sub On
Grant Roberts is substituted on for Boston United
90:00 Sub Off
Nathan Arnold is substituted off for Boston United
87:00 Sub Off
Andre Johnson is substituted off for Boston United
87:00 Sub On
Craig Westcarr is substituted on for Boston United
85:00 Goal 0 - 3
Brad Abbott scores for Boston United
77:00 Goal 0 - 2
Andre Johnson scores for Boston United
72:00 Sub On
Nicky Walker is substituted on for Boston United
72:00 Sub Off
Adam Marriott is substituted off for Boston United
63:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Qualter is yellow carded for Boston United
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 0 - 1
Brad Abbott scores for Boston United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • FC United Of Manchester
  • Boston United
  • 0
  • Brad Abbott Goal 23:00'
  • Ryan Qualter Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Nicky Walker Sub On 72:00'
  • Adam Marriott Sub Off 72:00'
  • Andre Johnson Goal 77:00'
  • Brad Abbott Goal 85:00'
  • Craig Westcarr Sub On 87:00'
  • Andre Johnson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Grant Roberts Sub On 90:00'
  • Nathan Arnold Sub Off 90:00'

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League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Chester 41 61
10. Kidderminster Harriers 41 60
11. Boston United 41 55
12. York City 41 55
13. Southport 41 53
14. Leamington 41 53
15. Alfreton Town 41 50

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