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Boston Seniors vs United

Boston Seniors vs United


United were looking to get back on the winning path after the set back after the defeat by Friskney the previous week.

Returning to the starting line up were Ryan O’Loughlin, Jamie Lyall, John Courtney, Alex Simpson and Danny Wilkes.

The pitch was in good condition after the morning heavy rain.

The early play came from the home side without causing any major problems to the United defence. In fact the nearest danger to either goal came when an O’Loughlin cross was clawed away by home keeper Williams.

On 12 minutes a shot from Callum Barlow was wide of the home side’s goal.

United went one up on 20 minutes when a cross from the right was flicked on by CALLUM BARLOW hit a defender and beat Williams.

Within 5 minutes United were two up when good played on the edge of the Boston area by O’Loughlin released SAIMEN TSELA who fired a shot across Williams into the far corner.

At this stage United had to replace Simpson with Kyle McGuigan due to injury.

United were looking in command at this stage, however Boston pulled a goal back two minutes later. From a free kick the ball hit a United defender and the ball bounced up and Jack Minor got his hands to it, however could not prevent it entering the net.

On 35 minutes United came close to a third when John Courtney was only just wide with a shot.

On 40 minutes United did restore their two goal advantage when DANNY WILKES was brought down in the area. He took the resulting spot kick and sent Williams the wrong way.

United went in at half time with a deserved two goal lead.

Boston started the second half looking to get back into the game quickly. They had two long range shot’s, however one did bring the best out of Minor.

On around 52 minutes a good move by United down the right resulted in Saimen getting shot in, but it took a deflection which took the pace out of the strike.

At this stage of the game Wyberton and Boston Town player Curtis Revell was beginning to cause problems with his pace.

Then Minor made a good save from a Revell free kick. Then on 63 minutes a good through ball by O’Loughlin released Barlow, but his shot was wide of the target.

Then after O’Loughlin was brought down just outside the home area, Saimen took the free kick which was tipped over by Williams.

The home side pulled a goal back when a slip by McGuigan allowed a Boston player a free strike on goal which he dispatched past Minor.

Then Minor had to bring off an excellent save at the feet of a home forward.

With 5 minutes remaining the home side drew level when a ball into the United area hit Lyall and fell kindly for a Boston forward to knock home.

United for a large part of the match were looking at three points but had to settle for one. The result was not as bad when other results came in and both Boston College and Woodhall Spa had lost, and United remain in top position.

Team: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick, Jonny Hodson (Daniel Wager), Saimen Tsela, Jamie Lyall, Alex Simpson (Kyle McGuigan), John Courtney, Rhys Mansell, Callum Barlow, Ryan O’Loughlin and Danny Wilkes.

Hodgkinsons Man of the Match went to Daniel Wager

United vs Friskney


United went into the match looking to maintain their 100% record, however visitors Friskney had other ideas.

United had 10 regular squad members missing, however they should have had enough in the starting line up to maintain their winning league start to the season.

The home side started the brighter of the two sides and the pace of Callum Barlow and Alex Kendrick down the right side was causing problems to the visitors. They produced a number of crosses which opened up a number of half chances, however United could not take advantage.

Visiting keeper Josh Brown produced one excellent safe with his legs during this period of pressure. United thought they should have had a penalty when a player was brought down in the area, however, the referee thought otherwise. This was a number of strange decisions the official made for both sides during the match.

United finally took the lead when good play by Barlow found SAIMEN TSELA on the edge of the area who sidestepped his marker and fired into the corner of the net.

The visitor’s were using the long ball aided by the wind to get over the United defence, and on a couple of occasions they had to be alert to clear their lines.

With half time approach following a free kick from Jonny Hodson which was blocked, the visitors quickly broke down the left and when a shot came in it squeezed under Jack Minor’s dive, and Friskney found themselves level. The keeper would accept he should have done better with the strike.

Both sides went in at half time on level terms, however United would feel with better application in the final third would have gone in with a lead.

Within three minutes of the restart United re-took the lead when a break down the left by KEATON GRAINGER who went on to place his shot past Brown.

At this stage United should have pressed home their advantage, however they allowed the visitors to take more command of the game.

Friskney drew level with help from the referee. He adjudged that Ross Muirhead had pushed Greg Brown on the edge of the area. However, it was clear to everyone else he had taken advantage of the situation.

From the resulting penalty VICTOR SIBERT fired home.

This gave a lift to Friskney and they could see three points coming their way and they took the lead for the first time in the match. After a United attack had broken down they found themselves short at the back on the counter, and following a shot which hit the bar GREG BROWN was on hand to knock home the rebound with a well placed shot from the edge of the area.

United continued to attack for the remainder of the match, however they managed to only produce one good save from Brown in the visiting goal. The visitors were always dangerous on the break with United pushing forward.

At the final whistle it was the visitors who took the three points which was deserved on their second half performance.

Manager Michael Howard said after the match “Not a great day for us. Very frustrated with the officiating with some very poor decisions. Wasn’t happy at all with penalty as everyone knew the player took advantage of the situation. The referee wasn’t great all the game and made some weird decisions. Friskney didn’t cause too many problems to us but two mistakes lead to their goals. Doesn’t matter how many players we had out, we should all step up and be counted, but we didn’t want it enough”

Team: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick, Daniel Howitt, Saimen Tsela, Ross Muirhead, Rhys Mansell, Zak Bray, Jonny Hodson, Elliott Clarke, Callum Barlow and Keaton Grainger.

Hodgkinon’s Man of the Match went to Keaton Grainger

Boston College vs United


This top of the table clash between two teams who had 100% league playing record this season was bound to be a tough match for both teams.

There was a strong cross wind which was slightly in favour of the visitor’s in the first half, however would have an effect on the quality of the football for both sides.

The first 25 minutes of play produce very little goal mouth action, although United had the better of the play. The first shot in anger came from the home side when a wind assisted shot from outside the area was wide of the post. The visitors were beginning to take control of the match and were finding the target, however home keeper Kaleb Robertson was equal to them and produced good saves on a couple of occasions.

After 40 minutes Robertson produce an excellent save from John Courtney at the expense of a corner. On 44 minutes United took the lead when a cross from Keaton Grainger was headed home at the far post by ZACK BRAY.

United went in a half time with the deserved one goal lead based on the quality of their first half performance in difficult conditions.

In the second half, the wind had moved around more in the favour of the home side at the start of the second half than it had been for United in the first.  College started looking too quickly to get back on terms, and Jack Minor had to be at his best to turn out a shot before being cleared.

United went down the other end and a cross from Courtney was headed just over by Grainger.

Following a period of open play, Grainger won a header which sent Bray away from the home defence and when his cross came in Grainger produced a good save from Robertson.

Although College were seeing more of the ball than in the first half the United defence of Lyall, Mansell, Pearce and Kendrick were giving good protection to Minor in the visitor’s goal.  United were always dangerous on the break with Grainger and Callum Barlow always looking to open up the home defence.

Then minutes before the final whistle United were awarded a penalty when Barlow trying to round Robertson was brought down. From the resulting spot kick Robertson produced an excellent save from Courtney’s kick.

The game ended with United taking the three points to maintain their 100% league start to the season.  It was an entertaining game played in difficult conditions and both sides attempted to play football. However, on the day United deserved their victory based on their overall play.

Manager Michael Howard said after the game “We knew going into the game it would be a tough one, especially with the wind being so strong, going straight across the pitch. We limited them to very few chances, we certainly had a few good ones ourselves. However, I think the scoreline was right for the game. Credit to Boston College for a tough game. Massive 3 points.

Team: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick, Callum Pearce, Rhys Mansell, Jamie Lyall, Alex Simpson (Jamie Turner), Zak Bray (Jack Bradley), Saimen Tsela, Callum Barlow, John Courtney and Keaton Grainger (Elliott Clark)

Hodgkinson’s Man of Match: Jamie Lyall

Horncastle Town Res vs United

Horncastle Town Res vs United


United returned to league action at the Wong, Horncastle against the current league leaders Horncastle Town Res.

The match kicked off on a warm October afternoon and the first action came from the visitors when a long range shot from Rhys Mansell was only just over the bar.

United controlled the early stages of the match and took the lead on 18 minutes when Zak Bray broke clear of the Horncastle defence and was brought down by home keeper Liam Stephenson. The resulting penalty was dispatched in style by JOHN COURTNEY.

Five minutes later Horncastle drew level when a throw in was incorrectly awarded to the home side. The ball was played across the United area to PAUL COX who with a delightful strike found the corner of Jack Minor’s goal. This was the first goal conceded by United in the league this season.

United continued to have the upper hand, however Horncastle were looking to use the channels to get behind United’s defence and on a couple of occasions Minor had to be quickly of his line to clear the danger.

On 40 minutes United regained the lead when a mix up in the home defence trying to clear from Bray allowed KEATON GRAINGER to gather the ball and round Stephenson before placing the ball into the empty net.

With half time only seconds away United scored number three. A cross from United’s left by Courtney was missed by the Horncastle defence and RHYS MANSELL hit the ball on the volley into the corner of the net.

The visitors went in a half time with a commanding lead.

United started off the second half where they left off and the end of the first. Home keeper had to be alert to save from Bray and Nathan Wetton resulting in corners.

On 55 minutes a cross from Courtney was headed over by Kieran Rayner-Mistry when well placed.

Horncastle were seeing plenty of the ball at this stage of the match, however could not make any great use of it in as an attacking force being well marshalled by the United defence of Alex Kendrick, Jamie Lyall, Dan Wager and Rayner-Mistry.

United went four up in the 75 minute when a throw in by Rayner-Mistry to NATHAN WETTON on the edge of the Horncastle was hit on the volley into the top of the net giving Stephenson no chance.

The visitors were causing problems to the home defence down the left with interplay between Dom Lyons, Courtney and Rayner-Mistry.

On 82 minutes another long range shot by Mansell was tipped round the post by the home keeper for a corner. With five minutes to go a ball into Elliott Clarke was laid off to KIERAN RAYNER-MISTRY who ran into the area and fired past Stephenson.

In the final minute a long ball into the Horncastle area was not dealt with by the home defence and ELLIOTT CLARK got the final touch to knock it pass the keeper for number six.

At the final whistle United had maintained their 100% league record and moved up to second place one point behind new leaders Kirton Town with two games in hand.

TEAM: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick, Dan Wager, Kieran Rayner-Mistry, Jamie Lyall, Nathan Wetton, John Courtney, Rhys Mansell, Zak Bray (Elliott Clark), Dom Lyons and Keaton Grainger.

Hodgkinson’s Man of Match: Nathan Wetton

Epworth Town vs United

Epworth Town vs United


For the second week United were involved in a high scoring match in this second round Lincs Junior Cup match. However this time they were on the wrong end of the scoreline.

The scoreline does not do justice to United who played a major part in the match, but the home side took their chances when they arose.

Epworth started the match on the front foot with United playing against a stiff breeze. The first strike on goal came from United on 10 minutes, but Keaton Granger’s shot lacked power and was easily save by home keeper Scott Burdett.

Shortly afterwards United had a great chance to take the lead when Danny Wilkes was played through by Ryan O’Loughlin, however in trying to round Burdett, the keeper snatched the ball from him.

Although the home side were seeing plenty of the ball, they failed to produce any real danger to Jack Minor’s goal. Epworth did have a half chance when a long range shot hit the bar, but the danger was saved.

Zak Bray broke free down the right for United, but was crowed out before getting a shot in. On 22 minutes United took the lead when good play between Bray and Wilkes ended in the latter releasing Keaton Granger on the left who beat Burdett has he advanced from his goal.

The home side drew level with half time approaching a long range shot hit the back of Danny Wager and left Minor with no chance of saving.

Both sides went in at half time with all to play for, and on reflection United had the better of the chances during the half although the home side having more of the ball.

Within three minutes after the break Epworth went into the lead. The ball crossed the United area a couple of times before GARY MOMENT knocked the ball home from close range. During the build up to the goal Sam Sleight had to leave the field and replaced by Jack Bradley. This resulted in United losing their midfield defensive cover which had an effect on the final result.

On 55 minutes O’Loughlin had a half chance but could not get the ball from under his feet and the chance had gone. On 60 minutes the home side went three up when JOE JACKSON headed home from inside the six yard box.

Five minutes later Epworth scored number four when Jamie Lyall was harshly adjusted to have given away a penalty. From the resulting spot kick JOE JACKSON sent Minor the wrong way.

United were moving the ball well in midfield, however could not open up the home defence to cause problems for Burdett in the home goal. O’Loughlin was only inches away with a free kick.

Epworth were finding space in midfield with United losing Sleight has the defensive cover, and this resulted in the fifth goal with ten minutes to go. NATHAN BARNETT was played through and placed his shot pass Minor has he came of his line.

Epworth deserved to move into the next round based on their second half display, although United played their part in an entertaining game. The home side are an experienced side with two good central defenders. They have not had the best of times in their own league, and therefore shows the strength of the Scunthorpe League.

Team: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick, Kieran Rayner-Mistry, Jamie Lyall, Daniel Wager, Sam Sleight (Jack Bradley), Daniel Wilkes, John Courtney, Keaton Grainger, Ryan O’Loughlin and Zak Bray

Man of Match: Ryan O’Loughlin

United vs Boston Athletic

United vs Boston Athletic


United once again were in cup action, this time in the first round of the Challenge Cup and again changes had to be made due to unavailability of players.

This game had everything in a football match - 10 goals, extra time and two red cards.

United unusually started slowly and could not get into the game until after 15 minutes by which time they found themselves two goals down. Firstly on 4 minutes Athletic were awarded a free kick just on the area which appeared a harsh decision, however ANDY BROWN bent his free kick round the ball and into the top corner.

Then on 14 minutes United were two down when DARREN ROYAL was on hand to knock a loose ball home.

Four minutes later, United were back in the game when Ryan O’Loughlin’s shot was pushed out by visiting keeper Alvis Risbergs into the path of KEATON GRAINGER who slotted home into the far corner.

The next action came on 27 minutes when O’Loughlin was only inches away from making the scores level when his shot flashed past the post.

The pressure continued and three minutes later O’Loughlin had two shots blocked in the six yard box. On 38 minutes a cross by O’Loughlin was headed into the arms of keeper Risbergs by John Courtney.

At half time Athletic still held their one goal advantage, however they had to work hard to keep the lead with some excellent defence in blocking shots and good goalkeeping.

The second began as it ended, with United on the front foot. Five minutes into it, United drew level when good work by O’Loughlin on the right released JOHN COURTNEY who fired home. At this stage of the game it was all United with attack after attack however some excellent goalkeeping and last minute blocking by the visiting defence kept the score level.

On 75 minutes United did take the lead when, from an O’Loughlin corner DANNY WAGER headed powerfully home from the edge of the six yard box.

Five minutes later Athletic drew level when United cleared a ball out of their area and it fell to CALLUM PUGH who from 25 yards hit the shot of his career into the top corner.

Soon afterwards an altercation between Tom Owen and United’s Kurt Crossley resulted in a red card for both which on reflection seem harsh to both players.

After 90 minutes the game was still level and therefore an extra 30 minutes of extra time was required. From the start of the first period a number of Athletic players appeared out on their feet with the work they put in to get to extra time.

Eight minutes into the extra period United took the lead when RYAN O’LOUGHLIN beat three players and fired into the corner of the net. In the last 10 minutes of the match United scored a further three goals. Firstly O’Loughlin played on KEATON GRAINGER who placed his shot pass Risbergs. Then further goals from RYAN O’LOUGHLIN and JACK BRADLEY rounded off the scoring.

Every Athletic player had put in 100%, however at the end the extra class of United had come through.

Team: Jack Minor, Alex Kendrick, Danny Wager, Jamie Turner, Jamie Lyall, Ross Muirhead, Keaton Grainger, Rhys Mansell (Sam Sleight), John Courtney (Jack Bradley), Ryan O’Loughlin and Kurt Crossley.

Man of Match: Ryan O’Loughlin

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