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Kidderminster Harriers 0-4 Pilgrims

Coca Cola League

After eight failed attempts, Boston United finally broke their duck and recorded their first away League victory of the season. Despite their poor away form the victory wasn't too much of a surprise as Kidderminster were bottom of the table and managerless. What was a surprise was the emphatic nature of the win - four goals without reply was a record Football League away win for the Pilgrims. Boston began the game with two changes to the starting line-up from last Saturday - Lee Thompson coming in for Rob Norris and first choice keeper Nathan Abbey returning after recovering from a fractured finger. Harriers' caretaker boss Shaun Cunnington included his two new loan signings - striker Darryn Stamp and defender Jon Beswetherick in his side. The first half gave litte indication of the final result. Boston had the greater possession, but both sides had a fair number of shots on goal. Kidderminster almost scored in the first minute when a poor clearance gave James Keene a chance but he shot wide of the goal. Lee Thompson then had a crack at goal at the other end, but his attempt was also wide of the mark. A shot from Andy Kirk required a save from Kidderminster keeper Ben Foster, then an 18 yard volley from Simon Russell forced a save from Nathan Abbey.

The second half was five minutes old when Boston took the lead. Lee BEEVERS rose unchallenged to meet a David Noble corner and planted his header past Foster. Six minutes later Boston doubled their lead after being awarded a penalty when Beevers was fouled by Foster. Andy KIRK stepped up and powered the ball home into the bottom right corner. Boston now threatened to run away with the game. Lee Thompson saw a long range effort saved by Foster, then Mark Greaves fired just wide from 20 yards out. On seventy-five minutes Kidderminster almost pulled a goal back but Youssou Diop's shot was tipped round the post by Abbey. With ten minutes left Boston made sure of the points, Andy KIRK scoring from the penalty spot again after being adjudged as having been fouled by Foster. Right at the death KIRK got his hat-trick when he scored from close range. After the match manager Steve Evans commented: "We've just had a good day, we'll not get carried away and we'll be back on the training ground on Monday".

United team: Nathan Abbey, Lee Beevers, Austin McCann, Dean West, Paul Ellender, Mark Greaves, David Noble, Lee Thompson, Andy Kirk (Simon Rusk 90), Jason Lee, Danny Thomas. Subs not used: Courtney Pitt, Luke McCormick, Chris Holland, Steve Melton.

Match report copyright © Ken Fox, 2004.