Gloucester City’s six match unbeaten streak came to a halt as Boston United proved too strong during an attritional victory at York Street.\r\n\r\nLiam Agnew’s sensational first-half strike before Ricky Miller’s stoppage time penalty put the match out of sight for Tim Harris’ men.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers were thoroughly in the contest and could’ve easily taken a point away from Lincolnshire with half chances going begging; the best of which saw Matt Groves head across goal only for two City players to miss the ball.\r\n\r\nOn a balmy day on the east coast, City started with reckless abandon as Matt Groves tore down the left hand side, played across goal with both Nat Jarvis and Charlie Griffin seeing shots blocked amongst a penalty area mêlée.\r\n\r\nThe Pilgrims burst into action shortly after but Ricky Miller’s dragged effort from the left failed to trouble Mike Green.\r\n\r\nSpencer Weir-Daley, who tormented the Tigers in the same fixture last season, turned and shot from 25 yards but the effort was lacking quality.\r\n\r\nThe Lincolnshire side continued to threaten and after a good delivery by Junior Konadu, Carl Piergianni came bursting through but fell short of the ball.\r\n\r\nTim Harris’ troops began to see more of the ball with the Boston defence looking uncomfortable with the Tigers constant pressure that saw Lewis Hogg pick up the ball and punt straight at Lewis King.\r\n\r\nThe deadlock was broken on 27 minutes as Agnew picked up the ball in midfield and unleashed a thunderbolt into the bottom corner with Green only a spectator to place the hosts ahead.\r\n\r\nThis was quickly followed by Carl Piergianni causing a nuisance in the area, although his overhead kick attempt was rather tame.\r\n\r\nCity were gifted an opportunity to equalise with a poor defensive header falling to Jarvis, however Conor Marshall lunged to brilliantly thwart the Tigers forward at the crucial moment.\r\n\r\nTo end a testing half for the Tigers, Ben Milnes powered an attempt along the floor that Green managed to palm around the woodwork.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers conjured up the first moment of danger in the second period as Jake Gosling volleyed into the side netting from a teasing Joe Hanks corner.\r\n\r\nStriker Miller was proving to be a handful, but Green was more than a match to his strong attempt.\r\n\r\nIt became about survival as Boston continued to push forward for a second with Matt Coupe and Jack Harris clearing ball after ball and eventually riding out the storm.\r\n\r\nAgainst the run of play City attacked and should’ve scored; Groves headed across the face of the goal, but behind Charlie Griffin and just ahead of Joe Parker as York Street breathed a sigh of relief.\r\n\r\nA combative match started becoming a tight and tense affair with City looking to upset the play-off chasers.\r\n\r\nMiller, a nuisance throughout the game, should’ve put the contest out of reach after Piergianni’s knockdown, but Coupe managed to knock the striker of his stride to blast wide.\r\n\r\nOnce again Miller found an iota of space outside the area and hammered the ball at goal forcing Green into a stunning save to tip over the crossbar.\r\n\r\nThe game was put out of reach at the beginning of stoppage time with Will Morford tripping Miller in the area who drilled the penalty home to double Boston’s lead.\r\n\r\nBoston United: L. King, J. McGhee, C. Marshall (S. Galinski 69), J. Dowie, S. Garner, C. Piergianni, B. Milnes, J. Konadu (I. Aujla 70), R. Miller, S. Weir-Daley (B. Fairclough 81), L. Agnew\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSubs not used: I. Ross, A. Hewitt\r\n\r\nGoals: Agnew 27, Miller (pen) 90\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, R. Winters, M. Giglio (W. Morford 83), M. Coupe, J. Harris, J. Hanks, L. Hogg, M. Groves, N. Jarvis (J. Parker 60), C. Griffin, J. Gosling (E. Williams 77)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: M. Roome, T. Webb\r\n\r\nAttendance: 1,208\r\n\r\n 

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