Boston United 4-2 Birmingham City
Striker Charley Sanders struck a hat-trick as Boston United defeated Birmingham City at RAF College Cranwell on Wednesday afternoon.
Midfielder Elliott Price was also on target as the Pilgrims stormed into a four-goal lead before the Blues struck back with two goals of their own.
The result avenged the Pilgrims’ narrow defeat to Birmingham at Wast Hills at the beginning of the New Year.
After throwing away a comfortable winning position against Newcastle Town seven days earlier, the Pilgrims were in no mood to repeat their crimes for a second week running.
SANDERS blasted United into a 28th minute lead and when PRICE doubled the advantage 11 minutes after the break, the Pilgrims were well on course for their third league win of the campaign.
SANDERS added his second and United’s third on 62 minutes — and SANDERS completed his hat-trick five minutes later.
Birmingham struck twice in the closing 15 minutes to put slight doubt in the Pilgrims’ minds — but United held on without too many scares to record a valuable three-point haul.
Boston (4-4-2): Marc Hipwell; Niall Delahoy (Scott Langan 50), Lewis Sturman, Jordan Lote, Charlie Rossington; James Reed, Jake Beauchamp, Elliott Price, Jason Field (Jonny Butler 57); Jordan Nuttell, Charley Sanders. Sub (not used): Todd Devlin.