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Boston United
York City
N Walker (51'), G Allott (63')
Full time
Sat 8 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 1,143

Boston United 2-0 York City


Nicky Walker and Gavin Allott struck the decisive blows as Boston United secured a richly-deserved triumph over York City on Saturday afternoon.

United's leading goalscorers both found the net within a 12-minute spell after half-time to seal the Pilgrims' first league victory since October 27.

Walker's sixth of the season set the ball rolling and Allott tucked home his fifth goal of the campaign to wrap up three points for the hosts.

Manager Craig Elliott had named the same XI for a third match in succession for the first time in his tenure and the hosts were almost in front inside two minutes, with visiting keeper Adam Bartlett touching aside Ben Davies’ 25-yard free-kick.

Davies was heavily involved in United’s next chance and he saw his cross fired wide by Liam Agnew, under considerable pressure from York midfielder Kallum Griffiths.

York gradually grew in attacking confidence and ex-Pilgrim Jordan Burrow saw a header drop wide while Adriano Moke cut infield and blasted off target.

Bartlett spectacularly denied Wright at the beginning of the second half, while George Willis did equally as well to keep out Macaulay Langstaff.

The Pilgrims took a 51st minute lead when Wright managed to whiz across a low ball from the right flank and WALKER applied the finishing touch at the back post.

Twelve minutes later, the Pilgrims doubled their advantage with Agnew laying the ball on a plate for ALLOTT to sweep home from close-range.

United expertly closed out the contest although Alex Bray and Kennedy Digie saw good chances go begging in the closing stages, while Burrow missed a glorious chance from four yards to reduce the arrears.

Boston (4-3-3): George Willis; Ben Davies, Ryan Qualter, Spencer Harris, Ashley Jackson; Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj, Liam Agnew (Jordan Slew 88); Max Wright (Danny Rowe 90), Gavin Allott, Nicky Walker (Jay Rollins 75). Subs (not used): Lewis Gibbens, Sebastian Malkowski (gk).

York (4-1-3-2): Adam Bartlett; Joe Davis, Joe Tait, Kennedy Digie, Sean Newton; Kallum Griffiths; Lewis Hawkins, Alex Harris (Wes York 64), Adriano Moke (Alex Bray 55); Macaulay Langstaff (Joe Ironside 67), Jordan Burrow. Subs (not used): Josh Law, David Ferguson.

Referee: Amy Fearn.

Attendance: 1,143 (108 visitors).

Max Wright

Player of the Match

Max Wright

Key moments

Goal Nicky Walker scores for Boston United
Goal Gavin Allott scores for Boston United


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90:00 Sub Off
Max Wright is substituted off for Boston United
90:00 Sub On
Danny Rowe is substituted on for Boston United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
George Willis keeps a clean sheet for Boston United
90:00 Player of the Match
Max Wright is awarded player of the match for Boston United
88:00 Sub Off
Liam Agnew is substituted off for Boston United
88:00 Sub On
Jordan Slew is substituted on for Boston United
75:00 Sub On
Jay Rollins is substituted on for Boston United
75:00 Sub Off
Nicky Walker is substituted off for Boston United
71:00 Yellow Card
Brad Abbott is yellow carded for Boston United
63:00 Goal 2 - 0
Gavin Allott scores for Boston United
51:00 Goal 1 - 0
Nicky Walker scores for Boston United
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As it happened

  • Boston United
  • York City
  • 0
  • Nicky Walker Goal 51:00'
  • Gavin Allott Goal 63:00'
  • Brad Abbott Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Jay Rollins Sub On 75:00'
  • Nicky Walker Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jordan Slew Sub On 88:00'
  • Liam Agnew Sub Off 88:00'
  • Danny Rowe Sub On 90:00'
  • Max Wright Sub Off 90:00'

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League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Chester 42 62
10. Kidderminster Harriers 42 60
11. Boston United 42 58
12. York City 42 58
13. Leamington 42 54
14. Southport 42 53
15. Alfreton Town 42 51

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