Boston United 3 Altrincham 2: Match report
Boston United delivered arguably their finest display of the season with a thrilling 3-2 victory over play-off rivals Altrincham.
Conor Marshall and Spencer Weir-Daley struck for the Pilgrims in the first half either side of a stunning free-kick from Shaun Densmore.
Boston doubled their lead in the 75th minute through defender Scott Garner before James Walshaw pulled a goal back late on.
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A deflected effort from Marshall gave Boston the lead in the eighth minute. Marshall struck after the visitors failed to clear a corner, with his effort finding the net via the boot of Scott Leather.
Buoyed by that goal, United poured forward in search of a second and almost had it when Carl Piergianni saw a header nodded off the line by Jake Moult.
Ian Ross – back in the side after a foot injury – then went close when a stunning effort from 35 yards was palmed over by keeper Stuart Coburn.
High-scoring Alty struggled to get going with forward duo Walshaw and Damian Reeves barely having a sight of goal in the opening 45 minutes.
But Densmore did find the net for the visitors three minutes before half-time when he beat transfer-listed Ashley Timms with a brilliant free-kick from 25 yards.
The first-half scoring didn’t finish there and after four minutes of added time a brilliant surge and cut-back from Ricky Miller was smashed home by Weir-Daley.
The second half was a more even affair, but United continued to carve out the better chances and Miller was denied by a brilliant reflex save from Coburn.
And the home side doubled their advantage with 15 minutes remaining when, following a scramble in the Altrincham box, Garner’s effort was adjudged to have crossed the line.
Walshaw headed home to pull a goal back for Alty with eight minutes to go, but Boston held on to their lead after five minutes of added time.