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uhlsport UCL Premier Division - Boston Town 2 Holbeach United 3




Wow, what a way to win it!

Four minutes into stoppage-time, Jack Smith’s stunning strike completed a brilliant late comeback by Holbeach United.

He curled the ball out of the reach of ex-Tigers keeper Travis Portas after being set up by Ryan Oliver.

Holbeach United keeper Rick Drury is dejected as former Tiger Liam Tunstall (hidden) is mobbed after making it 2-0 to Boston Town. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG:060819-012MF
Holbeach United keeper Rick Drury is dejected as former Tiger Liam Tunstall (hidden) is mobbed after making it 2-0 to Boston Town. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG:060819-012MF

An away win looked to be mission impossible half an hour earlier.

Holbeach would have been delighted to take one point after trailing 2-0 and picking up a couple of first-half injuries.

Josh Ford’s penalty gave a glimmer of hope, Jonny Lockie’s cool finish got the Tigers back on level terms and Smith won it with almost the last kick of the match.

Holbeach United match winner Jack Smith (left) looks on as Michael Frew and Boston Town’s Liam Harris clash. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG:060819-002MF
Holbeach United match winner Jack Smith (left) looks on as Michael Frew and Boston Town’s Liam Harris clash. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG:060819-002MF

There was only time for Boston Town to kick off after Smith’s sensational long-range effort.

Following the 5-0 home defeat to Loughborough University last weekend, it seemed Holbeach were set for a miserable start to the season when Boston took control on Tuesday night.

Skipper Spencer Tinkler sliced an unfortunate own goal from Alex Beck’s right-wing cross to put the Poachers in front.

Jonno Fairweather and Michael Frew were forced off before Liam Tunstall’s close-range finish doubled the home advantage.

Tigers sub Luke Avis pleads his innocence after Boston Town full-back Jordan Tate is sent sprawling. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG:060819-006MF
Tigers sub Luke Avis pleads his innocence after Boston Town full-back Jordan Tate is sent sprawling. Photo by Michael Fysh. SG:060819-006MF

It could have been even worse as Tunstall missed an open goal from Ricky Drury’s poor kick.

Tunstall almost made it 3-0 at the start of the second half but Holbeach hit back as Lockie came close when Ford converted from the penalty spot.

Ford and Luke Wilson both had efforts until Lockie raced clear to slot home the equaliser.

Boston could have celebrated a late winner as Drury denied substitute Jordan Neil in time added
on.

At the other end, though, Oliver set up Smith for the dramatic finish to this derby battle.

It was an incredible twist which seemed unlikely after the Tigers’ first-half display. Yet they showed fighting spirit to snatch the points.



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