It was a case of missed opportunity in Lincolnshire as Gloucester City were defeated 4-0 by Boston United, a rather flattering scoreline to say the least.\r\n\r\nA brace from Spencer Weir-Daley and two late goals from Ben Fairclough and Conor Marshall decided the game in the Pilgrims favour.\r\n\r\nThe hosts capitalised on seemingly every opportunity they were given, whilst the Tigers conspired to spurn all of theirs.\r\n\r\nOn another day Mehew’s men could’ve won a point, or more, out of this game; but it was not to be. With a squad depleted beyond recognition to secure any points at all in the 850 mile double-header to Workington and Boston was no mean feat.\r\n\r\nOn a freezing night in Lincolnshire the Tigers started hot, but after a brilliant inside run by Steve Davies, the Boston defence managed to clear.\r\n\r\nOnly seconds later, the ball was played back in and what ensued was a mad penalty box scramble that after much jostling found Jack Harris, but the midfielder’s shot was well blocked.\r\n\r\nCity’s pacy strikeforce continued to cause issues for the home side after Adam Mann’s marauding run down the left flank he slotted in Davies but the striker shot inches wide of the post.\r\n\r\nWith City on top, they were caught in possession in midfield and Boston stormed forward with Ben Milnes where he unleashed Anton Foster on the right to beautifully set up Weir-Daley for a tap in.\r\n\r\nThe second half continued to be a game of missed opportunity for Gloucester.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers came inches to an equaliser on 57 minutes after Davies burst through the United backline but his drive went agonisingly wide again.\r\n\r\nHowever, the game was put out of reach on 71 minutes when Weir-Daley gambled on a long ball, and due to a defensive mix up managed to pop the ball over Green to double the home side’s advantage.\r\n\r\nThis really wasn’t going to be City’s night, chance after chance went away. Mann was played through superbly but once again just trickled inches past the far post.\r\n\r\nDanny Andrew, a Boston native, caused problems on the left and played a delicious ball to Davies but the striker made a complete hash of it when it looked easier to score.\r\n\r\nThis was followed by another close chance; Tom Webb had crossed into a brilliant ball to the far post where Joe Parker was waiting, but a superb block denied the teenager.\r\n\r\nHowever, the 850 mile slog made the Tigers look sluggish late on and Boston compounded more misery in stoppage time, first a brilliant solo run and shot from Fairclough made it 3, followed by a sumptuous header from Marshall to round out the scoring.\r\n\r\nBoston United: D. Haystead, C. Marshall, J. Field, A. Foster (Stainfield 90), P. Lister, P. Watt, I. Ross (Sanders 90), B. Milnes (Ward 75), S. Weir-Daley, M. Newsham, B. Fairclough\r\n\r\nSubs: J. Smith, K. Walker\r\n\r\nGoals: Weir-Daley 20, 71, Fairclough 89, Marshall (90+4)\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, M. Green, D. Andrew, T. Hamblin, C. Holland, T. Webb, S. Rawlings, J. Harris (Morford 36, (Parker 50)), S. Davies, M. Liddiard, A. Mann\r\n\r\nSubs: N. Mustoe\r\n\r\nAttendance: 548
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