UCL Premier Division - Deeping Rangers 1 Boston Town 2
Playing with ten men for over an hour proved too much for Deeping Rangers.
The six-match unbeaten run was ended as Jack Wightwick struck twice to reward an excellent performance from Boston Town.
As instructed repeatedly from the touchline, Deeping kept battling away.
Ultimately, though, there was no way back following Matt Carter’s red card which led to the first goal.
A series of tactical changes offered hope for a second-half fightback.
But, despite Deeping’s protests over a quickly-taken free-kick and offside appeals, Wightwick doubled the lead just eight minutes after the interval.
Jezz Goldson-Williams pulled one back but it was too little, too late.
Overall there could be no complaints from Rangers who failed to find their top form.
A bright start lasted for only ten minutes and Boston bossed the majority of the match.
The key moment came on 29 minutes when a long kick from ex-Deeping goalkeeper James Doughty sent Aaron Eyett racing clear.
The left-winger went into the penalty box where he was brought down by Carter.
It was a blatant penalty and it had to be a red card for what should surely be called an unprofessional foul.
Wightwick’s spot-kick was saved by Dan Bircham but the rebound was tucked away.
Wightwick went away again for a low finish past Bircham just when it seemed that boss Tuncay Korkmaz’s tactics might have inspired an unlikely fightback.
To their credit, Deeping didn’t give up but Boston remained in control.
Rangers striker Ian Ward, who had been cautioned just before half-time for dissent, was fortunate to escape with a final warning when a foul should have been a second bookable offence.
Lori Borbely and Ben Lewis were also lucky to get away without any punishment for second-half incidents.
Rangers’ record of scoring in every home game this season was maintained when Goldson-Williams created space and hit a left-foot drive inside the near post.
But Deeping didn’t get a chance to snatch a point as Boston played out the final minutes without any real problems.
4-3-3: Bircham 6; Carter 4, Burton-Jones 6, Palmer 6, Smith 6; Avis 6, Flack 6, Lewis 6; Ward 5 (sub Pilbeam 63 mins, 6), Graham 5 (sub Ginty h-t, 6), Goldson-Williams 6. Subs not used: Thompson, Clayton, Hamid.
4-4-1-1: Doughty; Lowe, Ashton, Wood, Jackson (sub Clancy 78 mins); Playford, Cross (sub Petronzio 69 mins), Mitchell, Eyett; Wightwick; Borbely (sub Highton 71 mins). Sub not used: Barrett.
Wightwick (29 mins, 0-1); Wightwick (53 mins, 0-2); Goldson-Williams (84 mins, 1-2).
Carter (professional foul).
Eyett (handball); Burton-Jones, Lowe, Flack, Playford (fouls); Ward, Ginty (dissent).
Tom Palmer – one for the future, the centre-half is cool and composed under pressure.
Thurnby Nirvana (A) – Saturday.