Gloucester City were left to rue missed chances and poor decisions after a disappointing 2-0 defeat away at Boston.\r\n\r\nSubstitute Scott Wilson’s late red cars capped off a bad afternoon as the Tigers squandered a series of first half corners.\r\n\r\nIn a scruffy opening period Darren Mullings tested Paul Bastock with an early shot before Spencer Weir-Daley wasted a free kick at the other end.\r\n\r\nA handful of City corners came and went, the first two flying too deep, the third headed out for a fourth which was wasted when Bastock was fouled in the goalmouth.\r\n\r\nBoston were strong on the break, although Danny Sleath’s distribution was not pinpoint at times the young midfielder looked dangerous, a decisive Jack Harris block stopped him on 25 minutes and looked like he’d put the Pilgrims ahead on 26 minutes with a powerful shot from outside the box, the ball easily beat Lewis Carey but flew out from the inside of the post. Quick reactions from Marc Newsham saw a follow-up shot fly back in, but this one bounced off the cross bar.\r\nIt was Ben Fairclough who beat at least 3 City defenders and an unsighted Lewis Carey to get the opener on 32 minutes. The bizarre goal came from a loose ball after a Boston corner, Carey stayed rooted to the spot unable to see through a crowd of played before Fairclough rolled a scruffy ball into the bottom right corner.\r\n\r\nSleath fired another shot wide minutes later as Gloucester felt the pressure. The Pilgrims back four remained solid until the 40 minute mark when Adam Mann, unmarked on the edge of the box showed composure to fling a powerful left footed shot towards the goal, stopped only by Bastock’s hands.\r\n\r\nIn a scrappy second half both side picked up a handful of cards and the game began to take a niggly edge. Matt Coupe blocked another effort from Sleath early on after Carey slipped over following a corner. Tom Ward shot over the bar on 53 minutes, a moment after Harris blocked his previous effort on the line.\r\n\r\nCity perhaps should have been awarded their first league penalty of the season after Ward pulled down Morford but York Road has never been a lucky ground for the Tigers and the referee, oblivious to the challenge waved play on.\r\n\r\nOn the hour mark Coupe’s powerful header cleared another shot before the Pilgrims broke through the embattled back four for a second goal. Ward jumped the highest from a corner to nod the ball past Carey and suddenly Gloucester looked vulnerable.\r\n\r\nTigers boss Dave Mehew shook up the squad bringing on Steve Davies and Scott Wilson in a bid to inject pace. But Wilson lasted barely ten minutes on the pitch before he was sent off for a late challenge. Darren Edwards curled two attempts over the bar in the final ten minutes but it was too little too late.\r\n\r\nBoston United: P Bastock, C Marshall, G Jellyman YC, B Milnes, T Ward, S Stainfield, I Ross, D Sleath YC, S Weir-Daley (L Constantine 82), M Newsham, B Fairclough YC (T Kirk 89) Subs: C Hall, K Austin, J Lee\r\n\r\nGloucester City: L Carey, M Green YC (S Rawlings 79) J Harris, M Coupe, T Hamblin, T Webb, M Lock YC, D Mullings YC (S Davies 53) D Edwards YC, W Morford (S Wilson RC) A Mann. Subs: M Rose, N Mustoe\r\n\r\nAtt: 1077
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