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Boston United
Blyth Spartans
G Smith (12'), N Walker (64'), G Allott (77'), B Abbott (79')
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Sat 13 Oct 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 1,081

Boston United 4-0 Blyth Spartans

Gregg Smith, Nicky Walker, debutant Gavin Allott and Brad Abbott were on target as Boston United recorded a comfortable home victory on Saturday.

The Pilgrims thumped Blyth Spartans 4-0 at The Jakemans Stadium having been set on their way by Smith's 12th minute breakthrough.

Walker, Allott and Abbott wrapped up the victory with goals inside a 15-minute period in the second half to seal three points for Craig Elliott's dominant hosts.

United, with Smith and Allott paired in attack for the first time, started at an express pace at The Jakemans Stadium.

Their bold opening was rewarded after a dozen minutes when Abbott cushioned a header into the path of SMITH to slam the bouncing ball beyond Peter Jameson in the Blyth net.

Jonathan Wafula soon picked out fellow winger Walker with a pinpoint cross and his volley flew too high from 15 yards.

Roles were instantly reversed with Walker crossing from the left and Wafula heading over the bar at the back post.

Wafula was soon withdrawn due to injury, with Josh Hine becoming United’s second debutant of the day.

Hine came close to an instant impact after Ryan Qualter’s header had been blocked on the line following Ben Davies’ corner, but he was just unable to turn home the loose ball.

Blyth’s solitary chance of the first half arrived at the death when Sean Reid ghosted in to head Robbie Dale’s free-kick just too high.

United should have been further ahead at the break but were undeterred after the interval and threatened again with Jameson denying Abbott.

The Pilgrims finally added their second goal in the 64th minute when Allott clipped WALKER into the clear and he drove the ball through Jameson’s legs to double the hosts’ advantage.

Walker turned provider in the 77th minute by crossing from the left for ALLOTT to turn the ball home from close-range for a debut goal.

The rout was concluded two minutes later with the goal of the game as ABBOTT crashed home a beauty off the underside of the crossbar from 25 yards.

There was still time for Jameson to deny substitute Andre Johnson and the day’s third debutant, Jordan Slew, as United looked for further rewards in the closing stages.

Boston (4-4-2): George Willis; Ben Davies, Ryan Qualter, Ben Middleton, Ashley Jackson; Jonathan Wafula (Josh Hine 33), Andi Thanoj, Brad Abbott, Nicky Walker; Gregg Smith (Andre Johnson 78), Gavin Allott (Jordan Slew 84). Subs (not used): Spencer Harris, David Norris.

Blyth Spartans (4-2-3-1): Peter Jameson; Alex Nicholson, Nathan Buddle, Jordan Watson (Aaron Cunningham 46), Ian Watson; Kieran Green, Sean Reid (Connor Oliver 76); Adam Wrightson, Jamie Holmes, Robbie Dale (Bradley Fewster 80); Dan Maguire. Subs (not used): Jarrett Rivers, Damon Mullen.

Referee: Aaron Bannister.

Attendance: 1,081 (21 visitors).

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Brad Abbott

Player of the Match

Brad Abbott

Key moments

12:00
Goal Gregg Smith scores for Boston United
64:00
Goal Nicky Walker scores for Boston United
77:00
Goal Gavin Allott scores for Boston United
79:00
Goal Brad Abbott scores for Boston United

Highlights

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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
84:00 Sub Off
Gavin Allott is substituted off for Boston United
84:00 Sub On
Jordan Slew is substituted on for Boston United
79:00 Goal 4 - 0
Brad Abbott scores for Boston United
78:00 Yellow Card
Gregg Smith is yellow carded for Boston United
78:00 Sub On
Andre Johnson is substituted on for Boston United
78:00 Sub Off
Gregg Smith is substituted off for Boston United
77:00 Goal 3 - 0
Gavin Allott scores for Boston United
73:00 Yellow Card
Ben Middleton is yellow carded for Boston United
64:00 Goal 2 - 0
Nicky Walker scores for Boston United
End of period 1
33:00 Sub Off
Jonathan Wafula is substituted off for Boston United
33:00 Sub On
Josh Hine is substituted on for Boston United
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Gregg Smith scores for Boston United
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As it happened

  • Boston United
  • Blyth Spartans
  • 0
  • Gregg Smith Goal 12:00'
  • Josh Hine Sub On 33:00'
  • Jonathan Wafula Sub Off 33:00'
  • Nicky Walker Goal 64:00'
  • Ben Middleton Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Gavin Allott Goal 77:00'
  • Gregg Smith Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Andre Johnson Sub On 78:00'
  • Gregg Smith Sub Off 78:00'
  • Brad Abbott Goal 79:00'
  • Jordan Slew Sub On 84:00'
  • Gavin Allott Sub Off 84:00'

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