Deeping Rangers 1-1 Boston Town

The scoreline didn’t suggest it but it was certainly a great game for the neutral as the Poachers shared the points with Deeping Rangers in their first derby of the season.

Photo: Steve W Davies Photography

It was both sides’ second game in the league with Deeping losing to Sherwood Colliery 2-1 the game before and Boston Town drew 2-2 with Quorn. Last season’s game at Deeping ended in a 3-2 victory for the hosts.

The game started off with tackles flying in from everywhere including some clean and some not so much as Luke Steele and Tom Smith got booked for Deeping where Tom Mucklin received a yellow card for the Poachers. It wasn’t until the 23rd minute when the first goal was scored. Former Boston Town player, Aaron Eyett floated in an excellent ball to find Tom Smith, who was unmarked, as he looped his header past Travis Portas to put Deeping into the lead.

Just like against Quorn, the Poachers responded immediately. Fraser Bayliss came down the left hand side, played the ball to Harry Limb who took a touch and scored with his second to get his first goal of the campaign. As quick as that, the score was 1-1. Then another flurry of chances occurred at both ends of the pitch with Deeping’s Luke Hunnings having his header saved fantastic on the line by Portas. Up the other end of the pitch, Lee Beeson’s shot hit the side netting. It was certainly a mad 10 minutes in the first half. At Half Time, the score was 1-1.

Like the first half, the second 45 started off slowly but it soon got going when Richard Ford had his header saved by Dan Swann as the Poachers began to knock on the door. Deeping also had some chances but Portas was replicating his man of the match performance from the game before with some more incredible saves.

Boston were very good at winning the ball in midfield with Layton Maddison having a good game and playing the ball forward. This led to Limb attempting some acrobatic shots but nothing really bothered the Deeping keeper. Fraser Bayliss went down during the second half and was replaced by Marshall Young who also had an effort which went wide. Full Time was Deeping Rangers 1-1 Boston Town (Limb 24′)

After the game, I spoke to Boston Town manager Martyn Bunce for Lincolnshire Non-League Radio. When asked his thoughts on the game, he said: “It was a tough game, tackles were flying in but I was really impressed with the lad’s attitudes again”. When asked about his team responding immediately again being a positive quality, Bunce also said: “100%, he knows the attitude of the group which really pleases me, we just need to work on some little bits and tidy a bit of the general play up.”

Poachers: Portas, Mucklin, J Tate, Wilson, Ford, Bayliss, Beeson, Maddison, Limb, Nuttell, Adams. Subs Used: Young, Urbsus, L Tate. Subs Not Used: Borbely.

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By Tom Carter

Boston Town 2-2 Quorn

Martyn Bunce’s first competitive game as Poachers boss end in a 2-2 draw against one the favourites for the league in Quorn.

After having a good pre-season, registering 4 wins and 1 defeat, Boston Town welcomed Quorn to the Mortgages For You Stadium. The match began frantically with Fraser Bayliss getting clattered by a tackle in the opening stages but it was the visitors who took the lead when Paddy Webb towered above the Boston Town defence to head home from a corner. Quorn led 1-0 after 4 minutes.

Only 2 minutes later, the Poachers responded on the front foot. A lovely flick on from Jordan Nuttell found the feet of Marshall Young who slotted the ball away to make it 1-1 on his competitive debut after playing for Boston Saturday league side Fishtoft last season.

It was a half of little chances with neither side really testing both keepers from shots. Travis Portas had his work cut out in the Boston net with some cannon ball-esque long throws but he caught them every time. In the 21st minute, Town won a free kick on the right hand side of the box after Lee Beeson was fouled. Fraser Bayliss crossed a curving ball into the box and Luke Wilson was there to head home to make it 2-1, turn the game on its head and pretty much mirror Quorn’s opening goal. At Half Time, Boston Town led 2-1.

There were two changes for the Poachers for the second 45. Jordan Nuttell was brought off for Logan Tate. Plus Lee Beeson came off towards the end of the first half and was replaced by Liam Adams. It was certainly going to be a tough half and the Poachers definitely missed Beeson, especially on the free kicks. Quorn equalised through Paddy Webb who scored again after a cross was put in from the left for him to head into the net.

Quorn certainly showed their quality in the 2nd half but a man of the match performance in the sticks from Portas and some excellent tackles from Boston’s back four kept the Leicestershire team out. It also didn’t help Quorn out that they had their GK sent off after he went straight into Harry Limb when he was one on one. Full Time was Boston Town (Young 6′, Wilson 21′) 2-2 Quorn

Next, the Poachers travel to Deeping Rangers for their first away game of the season.

Poachers: Portas, Mucklin, Young, J Tate, Dilley, Wilson, Beeson, Maddison, Nuttell, Limb, Bayliss. Subs Used: Adams, L Tate, Borbely.

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By Tom Carter

Boston Town 2-1 Boston United

The Poachers beat the Pilgrims for only the third time in their history in the first meeting between the clubs in 5 years.

On a perfect night for football, Boston Town continued their pre-season campaign at home to local neighbours, Boston United. The night before, United had played a full strength team against Gainsborough Trinity so the Pilgrims fielded a team of trialists plus Owen Sheriff and former Poacher, Finlay Armond. With Town fielding a full strength side, would they be able to get the upper hand over the young Pilgrims?

After 10 minutes, a goalkeeping error from United saw Harry Limb find Lee Beeson who squared the ball into the middle but unfortunately no one was there to tap home. It was a half of little chances with the away team in pink passing the ball around well across the back line but with 9 minutes to go, a dancing run on the left by Fraser Bayliss saw the ball get put across the goal line and eventually Limb shot home to put the Poachers into the lead. 1-0.

Just before the Half Time whistle, Limb had a chance again but this time hit the ball onto the bar from a fantastic cross from Beeson. At Half Time, Town led in the derby 1-0.

In the second 45, the Pilgrims were the better side but it was the Poachers who got the first chance, 7 minutes into the half. It was another great move from Fraser Bayliss in the centre of the pitch, he found Beeson who played the ball into the area. The original shot was saved by the United keeper onto the post but Limb was there again to make sure the ball crossed the line. The Poachers led 2-0. Boston United didn’t take long to respond as only 4 minutes later, a corner was swung in and headed home from one of the trialists. It was game on with plenty of time left. 2-1 was the score.

From then on, the Pilgrims dominated the game with Town having little chances. Goalkeeper for Town, Travis Portas was subbed off and a new second keeper (still to be named) came on and made some blinding saves to deny the Pilgrims from equalising. The Poachers managed to hang on for the win and won 2-1 with Harry Limb getting both goals

The Poachers now play away at Fishtoft on Saturday (16th July)

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By Tom Carter

Boston Town 2-3 Harrowby United

The last 10 minutes saw a dramatic end to the game which resulted an opening pre season defeat for Martyn Bunce’s Boston Town.

These sides both met last season at Harrowby’s place, Dickens Road, and ended in a shock defeat for the Poachers as they lost 4-0 to the hosts. This time, Boston had a new manager, a few new players with a few returning plus a home advantage. Could they avoid defeat to Harrowby again?

Harrowby had the opening chance of the game. The ball was shot onto the crossbar by the visitors and the rebound was saved fantastically by Travis Portas, the Town goalkeeper. Boston did still dangerous going forward but it was the visitors who got the first goal. One of their trialists slotted the ball past Portas and put the Arrows into the lead with only 12 minutes gone.

Two minutes later, the Poachers responded well with Harry Limb (Boston’s top scorer from last season) shot onto the cross bar and they hit the woodwork again when Fraser Bayliss’ shot hit the near post from a tight angle. In the 36th minute, Lee Beeson’s corner found Limb at the back post who put the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1. Beeson appealed for a penalty just before the break but his appeals were waved away by the referee, despite looking like a clear spot kick. Half Time was 1-1.

The second half’s excitement only came in the last 10 minutes. A mazy run by Bayliss saw his shot hit the post but end in the net with 10 minutes to go. The Poachers led 2-1 but Harrowby responded almost instantly. A brilliant cross was whipped into the box and found the head of the forward who nodded the ball to it make 2-2.

The friendly was into injury time with the score looking like to be a draw but Harrowby found one last chance and they shot the ball into the far corner of the goal and practically won it at the death. Full Time was Boston Town 2-3 Harrowby United. Martyn Bunce’s first game as Poachers boss ends in defeat.

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By Tom Carter

Boston Town 2-1 Newark

The Poachers returned to winning ways with two first half goals from Harry Limb and Luke White.


After an unlucky defeat against Deeping Rangers last weekend, the Poachers were still looking for their first win in 2022 and their first since the 4th December when they beat Selston 1-0. Newark were the visitors to the Mortgages For You Stadium and both sides were hoping for a vital 3 points.

The match started off brightly for the hosts as Abou Sylla danced past the Newark defence and found Luke White but he shot straight at the keeper. Chances were coming from both sides of the box for Boston with both Fraser Bayliss and Sylla putting crosses into the middle but the Newark defence kept the game goalless. That was until Lee Beeson put the ball in after Richard Ford’s throw. His cross found Harry Limb who put Boston into the lead with a bullet header. 27 minutes played and Boston Town led 1-0.

In the first half, Boston did dominate the majority of the play with both Beeson and Jordan Tate hitting the Newark crossbar. After Tate hit the bar, the ball fell to Luke White who volleyed the ball into the top right hand corner. 2-0 to the Poachers in the 36th minute and that was the Half Time score.

Newark did look better in the second half but the hosts continued to create chances and they hit the woodwork for the third time in the game when Harry Limb’s low strike hit the post. Newark did get a goal back in the 78th minute and continued to press and put pressure towards the Boston goal. The visitors also hit the post with 6 minutes of the 90 remaining but their late pressure wasn’t enough as Boston Town held onto the lead and won the game 2-1.

Next week, Boston are away to Anstey Nomads in a crucial 3rd vs 4th match. Can they continue their pressure of the promotion spots?

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Deeping Rangers 3-2 Boston Town

A dominate performance from Boston Town still ended in defeat as Will Bird poked home a controversial winner for the hosts.

Deeping Rangers v Boston Town. Photo: Oliver Atkin
Photo: Oliver Atkin (@oaphotography1)

On Saturday afternoon, Boston Town travelled to Deeping Rangers where they hoped to get back to winning ways after only one point picked up in their last two games. For the first time in a long while, the Poachers had a stronger bench with Duran Reynolds and Mackenzie Burdass joining it after signing in the week.

It was fair to say it was a disastrous opening five minutes for the away side as they found themselves 2-0 down. Marcus Pancho opened the scoring with a terrific solo goal, getting past Tom Mucklin quite easily and Luke Steele headed home for 2-0 when Pancho crossed the ball to him. Back in August, these two sides met at Tattershall Road and Boston came back from two down then to win 4-2. Would the same happen again?

After going 2-0 down, Boston soon clicked into gear and gradually started to get more into the game. Luke White had a shot but went straight into Dan Swan’s hands. In the 19th minute, Harry Limb slotted the ball away to get his 21st goal of the season. It was certainly game on now. Richard Ford had a chance for the Poachers as he headed over the bar from a corner but in injury time in the first half. Boston had a penalty waved away as Deeping players blocked the ball but was it handball? Boston players, staff and fans certainly thought so. It was definitely an interesting decision from the referee. At half time, Deeping led 2-1.

The Poachers continued to dominate in the second half with chances coming in from left, right and centre. A fantastic tackle was made from David Burton Jones to deny Harry Limb from being through after an outstanding ball from Luke White. Fraser Bayliss had a chance as well to level the scoring but a remarkable save from Dan Swan kept Deeping in the lead. With fifteen minutes left, Harry Limb played the ball through to Abou Sylla who scored past the keeper and finally got the equaliser for Boston Town. 2-2 was the score.

Only five minutes later, Deeping came down the other end and scored against the run of the play. Substitute Ta’i Williams initially took on the shot, only for it to be slid home by Will Bird who looked who looked to be in an offside position but the referee disagreed with the appeals and gave the goal. Boston continued to throw the kitchen sink at Deeping but nothing came of it as both Harry Limb and Abou Sylla had shots saved by Dan Swan. Full Time was Deeping 3-2 Boston.

A very unlucky afternoon for the Poachers as they dominated for majority of the game with some controversial decisions not going their way. Deeping, however, dug deep and got the three points.

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Pinchbeck United 1-1 Holbeach United

An eventful second half still couldn’t separate the two sides in this bottom of the table clash.


Going into the game, both teams were out for a crucial three points. If Pinchbeck were to win, they would move gradually away from the drop zone. For Holbeach, they would still be bottom but would be a step in the right direction under their new manager, Danny Clifton.

Despite Holbeach being bottom of the table, they definitely looked like a different and improved outfit. Pinchbeck had quite a few shots on and off target in the opening forty five but none really seemed to test the Holbeach keeper, James Blake. The first chance came in the 5th minute game when new signing, Marcel Chipamaunga, curled an effort straight over the bar. It was almost the perfect start for the hosts.

The Knights also had a goal disallowed as William Hollingworth tapped the ball into the net but the flag went straight up due to an offside in creating of the chance. Holbeach had a couple of oppurtunities in the first half. Lewis Baugham was one-on-one with Alex Smith but a tame effort resulted in a simple save for the Pinchbeck keeper. Half Time was 0-0.

After not the most eventful of first halves, the second half certainly improved. Early on in the first half, Holbeach went and scored when Neal Spafford put the ball in his own net. Was there a shock on the cards coming? Despite going a goal down though, the hosts equalised immediately. Archie Moyses scored fantastically from a free kick to put the score level. It was an unbelievable start to the second half.

Overall, Pinchbeck were the better side but they just couldn’t find the final touch. Enoch Opayinka made a return for the knights by coming off the bench. It was definitely a breath of fresh air for them but even his skill couldn’t find the back of the net. Holbeach also had to end up putting an outfield player in goal for the last ten minutes after James Blake collided with Opayinka but definitely stopped a certain goal in the making though.

When the final whistle went, the score was Pinchbeck United 1-1 Holbeach United. Pinchbeck really should’ve taken their chances or they would’ve been clear winners but fair play to Holbeach, a much improved performance. Perhaps a sign of better things to come for the tigers.

Pinchbeck: Smith, Worthington, Robson, Moyses, Jackson, Spafford, Armond (Peasgood), Melson, Chipamaunga (Millar), Fixter, Hollingsworth (Opayinka). Subs not used: Kacirek, Johnson.

Holbeach: Blake, Chester, Balding (Williams), Nuttell, Dougill, Warrington, Harris (Tricks), Carter, Frost, Baughan, Eldridge (Foster). Sub not used: Nicholson-Barfoot.

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Sleaford Town 3-1 Boston Town

A dramatic last 10 minutes as Sleaford scored three to turn the game around against Boston Town in this festive derby classic.

366 were in attendance to see Sleaford Town beat rivals Boston Town 3-1.

Going into the game, both sides were on a good bit of form in league action with Boston winning their last four and Sleaford winning 5-1 and 3-1 respectively in their last two. With Sleaford in better sharpness than Boston due to the Poachers not playing since the 4th December, would fitness or sharpness play a role in this huge derby game on a cold Bank Holiday Tuesday afternoon.

During the opening stages, both sides had changes including Joe Smith who shot straight at Ross Woolley who was in goal for Boston. With Joe Smith and also Kyle Watkins playing against the club they started with at the start of the season, it was surely going to be an interesting encounter for both.

Fraser Bayliss went close for Boston Town in the 16th minute when he turned and his shot hit the post. Twenty eight minutes into the game, a late challenge from Sleaford’s Mitch Griffiths on Richard Ford resulted in a debatable red card for the hosts. The Poachers eventually made the most of their advantage by putting themselves in the lead through an Abou Sylla strike which beat Garry Doran at his near post. At Half-Time, Boston led 1-0.

In the first half, Sleaford had a goal disallowed for offside and the same thing happened again in the second half. Despite being down to ten men, Sleaford were definitely making a good name for themselves. Could they get that equaliser?

The hosts were getting closer and closer and when Tom Ward’s header got cleared off the line by Aaron Eyett, you really began to wonder if anything would pay off. However, in the 80th minute, George Asplin (a second half substitute) curled his shot into back of the net. An equaliser which was greatly deserved.

Then, out of nothing, Eslaforde Park erupted once again when Danny Durkin turned the game on its head on his home debut, 2 minutes later. Unbelievable scenes! The occasion got even bigger in the 86th minute when George Asplin was through again. He got his second and Sleaford’s third. The team with 10 men had just turned the game around in 6 minutes after being 1-0 down against the team in 4th place. Late drama was certainly great drama for Sleaford Town.

Full Time: Sleaford Town (Asplin x2, Durkin) 3-1 Boston Town (Sylla)

Deeping Rangers 1-3 Leicester Nirvana

The home side suffered a shock defeat as Leicester Nirvana picked up their first points of the season on a Tuesday night in September

Going into the game, Leicester Nirvana sat bottom of the United Counties League Premier North with 0 points. Travelling to higher-placed Deeping in a midweek fixture was set to be a big ask for the away side.

In the opening stages, the game played out as expected. Deeping controlled the ball well, played good passing movements and overall made a bright start. However it was Nirvana who had the first shot. William Gonga’s effort was tipped over the bar by Dan Swan, the Deeping goal keeper.

Despite being bottom, Leicester soon started to heat up the pressure and 26 minutes in they took the lead when Stuart Lamont made a break down the left hand side and shot the ball into the bottom right corner. Could the away side cause an upset? At half time, Leicester led 1-0.

During the whole game, Deeping were creating opportunities, especially down the right hand side with Jones De Sousa making mazy runs but it was the final touch in the box which let them down when the crosses came in. They did get a penalty though in the 54th minute when Charlie Coulson was brought down in the box. He took the penalty and sent the keeper the wrong way. 1-1. It was a game where you had to give a lot of credit to Nirvana, they didn’t look like a bottom of the league team at all. They got a second and a third when Suhaib Gannan got a brace in the 69th and 78th minute of play. Full Time was Deeping 1-3 Nirvana

Deeping XI: Swan, Flack, Smith, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Coulson, De Sousa, Brown (Cowles), Bird, Wilson, Showler (Banister). Subs Not Used: Walton, Carter, Steele

Leicester Nirvana XI: Wood, Timson, Beejer, Nyariki, Mason, Akintunde, Gannan, Giles, Lee, Gonga, Lamont. Subs: Rock, Jagne, Master, King, Gore.

Boston Town 0-4 Gresley Rovers

Gary Edgley’s Poachers winning run in the league came to an end this afternoon as they suffered a disappointing defeat against Gresley Rovers.


After Tuesday night’s 4-1 win against Holbeach United, Boston Town went top of the league. This time, on a warm Saturday during a bank holiday weekend, they faced Gresley Rovers who sat in 8th place before the game. Early on in the match, Gresley’s Lucas Powell put the away side in front after rounding Travis Portas in goal for Boston Town. After 10 minutes, Gresley led 1-0.

When Gresley scored their first, Boston Town probably played there best football of the game. Abou Sylla was twisting in and out of the Rover defense. He took on a shot which was spilled poorly by Lewis Fenney (Gresley’s Goal-Keeper). This led to Harry Limb reaching the rebound but his shot was saved well by the keeper. A double save you could say from Lewis Fenney. Not long after Abou Sylla went down with a problem with his leg. It looked liked a pulled muscle or maybe a hamstring issue but this led to Boston’s very own “Messi” get taken off. From then on, things got worse for the Poachers.

In the 25th minute, Gresley’s top scorer Daniel Munday headed home to double the lead for the visitors from a corner. 2-0 was the score and that was the score at half time. Boston Town 0-2 Gresley Rovers.

At the start of the second half, Town seemed to have made some tactical changes but it just wasn’t their day. Gresley won a free kick, 8 minutes into the second half. Lucas Harrison took on the shot, Portas got a hand onto it but deflected it into his net. 3-0. Gresley got a 4th when good play down the right hand side resulted in a tap in for Riley Crawley. He made it 4-0 with 5 minutes left to play. The full time score was Boston Town 0-4 Gresley Rovers. A frustrating day at the office for Gary Edgley’s side.

Next the Poachers are away to Selston on the 4th September.

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Poachers: Portas, Tate, Thompson, Ford (Kacirek), Ward, Watkins, Beeson, Sylla (T White), Dilley, Limb, L White. Subs not used: Millar, Smith, Borbely