FOOTBALL: Dunn stunner salvages derby draw for Tigers

Ian Dunn.
Ian Dunn.

HOLBEACH UNITED 2 BOSTON TOWN 2: Ian Dunn jumped off the bench to smash a stunning late equaliser against the team he used to manage as Holbeach made it seven UCL Premier Division games unbeaten on Wednesday night.

The former Boston player/boss lashed home a fierce low drive to salvage an unlikely point for his side in the 87th minute, just two minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Tom Hobson (18) head earlier put the visitors ahead with a fine half-volley from the edge of the box, before a cracking Daryl Clare (24) free kick doubled their advantage.

Holbeach struggled to make an impact up until the 69th minute, when Tom Waumsley won and converted a penalty, setting the stage for Dunn’s grandstand finish.

On a freezing cold Holbeach night, Boston almost went ahead straight from the kick off when Josh Ford raced through and worked Leigh Overton.

At the other end, Tommy Treacher saw a strong penalty appeal turned down - but in truth the opening period was all about the visitors.

They deservedly went ahead when Hobson drilled a low 20-yard half-volley into the net from the edge of the box, via the inside of the post. Holbeach were guilty of slack defensive marking, but the finish was exemplary.

But whatever Hobson could do, Clare did even better on 24 minutes. The decorated ex-pro arced a lovely free kick over the wall and into Overton’s top corner from around 25-yards.

It was his first goal for the Poachers - and one to remember.

The Tigers were indebted to Overton in the dying stages of the first half, with the title-winning keeper on hand to superbly keep out a Hobson effort at his near post.

After the break it was much more even, but still Boston had the better of the chances. Indeed, they would have gone 3-0 ahead from a Lori Borbely header but for an instinctive goal-line clearance from Robbie Relf, who was stood on the back post.

Holbeach slowly grew into the game after that and almost pulled one back when Ricky Drury tipped a long-range Lewis Sturman drive over the bar.

You sensed that Boston may struggle if the Tigers could grab a goal - and they did just that when Waumsley fired home from the spot 20 minutes from time.

The leading scorer was fouled by Loz Lambley in the box, with the Poachers’ full back lucky to stay on the field after denying the striker a clear chance on goal.

It mattered little, with Waumsley holding his nerve to drill under the dispairing dive of Drury.

That’s how it stayed up until the closing stages, when Dunn wrote his own script.

With what probably was his first touch, the hitman lashed an effort from the right side of the box into the far bottom corner to lift the roof off Carter’s Park and secure a fine point for his side.

Boston will perhaps feel a little aggrieved to only take a point back to Tattershall Road, but for Holbeach it keeps their momentum going ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Wellingborough Town.

Tigers: Overton, Murrell, Relf (Bayliss 85), Sturman, Braithwaite, Shipley, Law, Rothery, Waumsley, Treacher (Dunn 85), Hollingworth (Sevilha 63). Not used: Leggett, Bishop.