Boston United 1 AFC Telford United 1: Pilgrims hold Bucks in Skrill North thriller
Boston United continued their impressive start to the season with a thrilling 1-1 draw against Skrill North promotion favourites Telford United.
Despite a bright start, the Pilgrims fell behind after 13 minutes when Sean Clancy converted from the penalty spot after Scott Garner had dragged back by Tony Gray.
But Boston levelled from an unlikely source when right-back Peter Bore scored with a sublime effort from 30 yards.
Both sides traded chances during an enthralling second half, which somehow ended goal-less.
Overall, a draw was a fair result between two sides who, on this form, will be in the thick of the promotion race this season.
Unsurprisingly, after dismantling Stockport 4-1 on Saturday, Boston started in confident mood and went close to taking the lead in the sixth minute.
Left-back Netan Sansara swung over a delicious cross which was headed against the bar by Marc Newsham.
However, the optimism inside the Jakemans Stadium was dampened when the visitors snatched the lead from the penalty spot.
After the ball was played into the box, Garner got the wrong side of Gray before dragging the Bucks striker back. Clancy took the spot-kick and calmly sent Ashley Timms the wrong way.
There was little to choose between the sides for the rest of the half. Gray wasted a golden chance to double his side’s lead while at the other end Ben Milnes shot just wide from the edge of the box.
United levelled three minutes before the break through Bore. The right-back picked up the ball in midfield and advanced before unleashing a sublime effort which dipped over Bucks keeper Ryan Young.
The second half was a breathless affair which saw both sides pile forward in search of a second goal.
Spencer Weir-Daley shot inches wide after some trickery on the edge of the box before testing Young with a powerful drive which the Telford keeper clung onto at the second attempt.
Garner almost added to his strike against Stockport on Saturday when he met Ian Ross’s free-kick with a volley which fizzed wide. Garner then almost converted when centre-back partner Carl Piergianni headed another Ross set-piece into the six-yard box.
At the other end, Boston only just survived a couple of goalmouth scrambles while substitute Matty McGinn sent a long-range drive narrowly over the bar. McGinn was in the thick of the action and almost won it late on when his left-foot effort rolled inches with Timms beaten.
There was still time for one more Boston chance as Garner’s header, from Milnes’ corner, struck the bar.
Pilgrims (4-3-3): Timms, Bore, Garner, Piergianni, Sansara, Marshall, Ross (Reed), Milnes, Miller (Fairclough 73), Newsham, Weir-Daley. Subs not used: Galinski, Nuttell, Vince.
Attendance: 1,145 (53 visitors).