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Northampton Town 3-2 Pilgrims

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Boston United maintained their 0% away record in the League this season when they slipped to another defeat at Northampton Town. Injuries to six members of his small squad meant that Steve Evans had to make some changes to the side that had turned out against Mansfield. Noel Whelan came in for Julian Joachim, Gavin Johnson replaced Bradley Maylett and teenage loan-signing Ian Ross made his first start in place of Austin McCann. Both sides had reasonable chances before Northampton took the lead midway through the first half. First Scott McGleish saw his free-kick fly over the Boston crossbar, then at the other end Lee Harper kept out a powerful drive from Ian Ross. On 21 minutes Northampton went in front when former Pilgrim Andy KIRK scored from close range after getting on the end of a cross from Pedj Bojic. Five minutes from half-time Boston equalised when Alan WHITE headed home a free kick by Ross from the left wing.

However Northampton hit back just before the interval when Ian TAYLOR headed a long throw from David Hunt past Abbey. Just after the restart Ryan Gilligan fired a volley just wide. Northampton soon brought on Eric Sabin for Kirk and Sabin almost scored but his header was well saved by Abbey. Northampton went two goals in front when Jason CROWE ran unchallenged into the Boston penalty area before firing past Abbey. Four minutes from time ROSS pulled a goal back with a shot from the edge of the area. But the Cobblers held on for the remaining minutes to take all three points. After the match Steve Evans said: "We will start winning games. We are four points behind Lincoln City and they are talking about getting promoted."

United team: Nathan Abbey, Lee Canoville, Paul Ellender, Alan White, Gavin Johnson (Ben Futcher 59), Stewart Talbot (Mark Greaves 68), David Noble, Ian Ross, Noel Whelan (Daryl Clare 63), Jason Lee, Danny Thomas. Subs not used: Rob Norris, Chris Wright.

Match report copyright © Ken Fox 2005.