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Reserves 3-1 Lincoln United Colts

Lincolnshire League

Report by Colin Woodcock

Life at the top is tough as Lincs League leaders, Boston United Reserves found out on Saturday. Everyone wants to beat the leaders and playing at York Street brings the best out of the opposition as they soon found out against Lincoln United Colts. After a slow start, United found themselves a goal behind after five minutes and when good chances went begging, the writing was on the wall for the first defeat of the season. The excellent Melson nearly levelled the scores and Gary Pawson headed against the bar but at the break United found themselves a goal down and could easily have been two but for a superb save from Maddison in the United goal after 44 minutes. After the break United stepped up the pace but again had to rely on Maddison on two occasions as Colts hit back on the break.

On the hour, manager John Luffman reverted to three at the back bringing on Dane Thornton for Ricky Southwell and then on 68 minutes made a double substitution which ultimately changed the course of the game, bringing on Dack and Harrison for Nicholls and Timby. On 75 minutes Walters bemused the Colts defence on the left and when his shot was parried, the rebound fell to the old warhorse Martin HARDY, who headed home from six yards. On level terms United went in search of the winner and Colts were stunned with a double strike from Mark MELSON on 84 minutes as they ran out 3-1 winners but not without their biggest scare of the season. For United, Casey, Appleby and Hardy were their usual reliable selves, Melson was again the best player on the pitch and Dack added that something up front that was lacking when he came on.

United team: 1. Nick Maddison, 2. Paul Casey, 3. Ricky Southwell, 4. Ross Nicholls, 5. Gary Pawson, 6. Martin Hardy, 7. Mark Melson, 8. Steve Appleby, 9. Neil Timby, 10. Leigh Taylor, 11. Gary Walters, 12. Dane Thornton, 14. Danny Harrison, 15. Danny Dack.