BOSTON COLLEGE 0 SKEGNESS UNITED 1
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