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Boston United
Alfreton Town
Full time
R Styche (6')
Wed 26 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 1,393

Boston United 0-1 Alfreton Town


Boston United endured a miserable Boxing Day after suffering a first-ever home defeat to Alfreton Town.

The Pilgrims were undone by Reece Styche's sixth minute strike as Billy Heath's team became the first Alfreton side to win at The Jakemans Stadium at the 14th attempt.

Jordan Slew failed to hit the target with United's two clearest openings in the first part of the Christmas and New Year double-header between the sides.

Alfreton took the lead in the sixth minute when STYCHE controlled ex-Pilgrim James Clifton’s long throw and slammed the ball past George Willis from 12 yards.

The Reds looked well set to take a two-goal advantage when Tom Allan headed goalwards following Clifton’s cross from the right but Willis stuck out a leg to produce a phenomenal save.

Willis made a further save with his legs to thwart Curtis Bateson as the half ticked by.

United’s best chance of the first half fell to Slew in stoppage time but he blasted into the side-netting.

Styche clipped the Boston crossbar after the break before United crafted a great chance for Slew, with Max Wright crossing from the right flank, but the finish was too high from 10 yards.

Alfreton keeper Sam Ramsbottom produced a fine stop to thwart Nicky Walker at the mid-point of the second half, with Josh Wilde doing enough to prod the loose ball away from the onrushing Wright, but the Pilgrims failed to muster another meaningful effort.

Boston (4-3-3): George Willis; Ben Davies, Ryan Qualter, Spencer Harris, Ashley Jackson; Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj, Jonathan Wafula (Danny Rowe 85); Max Wright, Jordan Slew (Jay Rollins 70), Nicky Walker. Subs (not used): Lewis Gibbens, Sebastian Malkowski (gk).

Alfreton (4-2-3-1): Sam Ramsbottom, James Clifton, Luke Shiels, Adam Curry (Nathan Hotte 75), Josh Wilde; David Lynch, Tom Platt; Reece Styche (Jordan Sinnott 83), Tom Allan, Curtis Bateson; Richard Peniket. Subs (not used): Callum Chettle, Tom Nicholson (gk).

Referee: Tom Parsons.

Attendance: 1,393 (56 visitors).

George Willis

Player of the Match

George Willis

Key moments

Goal Reece Styche scores for Alfreton Town


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90:00 Yellow Card
Brad Abbott is yellow carded for Boston United
90:00 Player of the Match
George Willis is awarded player of the match for Boston United
85:00 Sub On
Danny Rowe is substituted on for Boston United
85:00 Sub Off
Jonathan Wafula is substituted off for Boston United
77:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan Wafula is yellow carded for Boston United
70:00 Sub On
Jay Rollins is substituted on for Boston United
70:00 Sub Off
Jordan Slew is substituted off for Boston United
End of period 1
19:00 Yellow Card
Ashley Jackson is yellow carded for Boston United
6:00 Goal 0 - 1
Reece Styche scores for Alfreton Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Boston United
  • Alfreton Town
  • 0
  • Reece Styche Goal 6:00'
  • Ashley Jackson Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Jay Rollins Sub On 70:00'
  • Jordan Slew Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jonathan Wafula Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Danny Rowe Sub On 85:00'
  • Jonathan Wafula Sub Off 85:00'
  • Brad Abbott Yellow Card 90:00'

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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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