Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Tuesday 20th January 2009

Eastwood Town 1-0 Boston United -- UniBond Premier Division

We were hoping to go to see Arnold play at their new Eagle Valley ground, but the League Cup fixture against Pickering was called off due to the pitch being waterlogged.

The only other option available to us locally was the game at Coronation Park - high flying Eastwood hosting former Football League outfit Boston United. Last Tuesday Boston beat Eastwood 4-0 in the League Cup, but the Eastwood team that started that game was nothing remotely similar to the team that lined up for this League game.

We took up places in the main stand, and had a great overall view of the game - and it has to be said that the football we were treated to was way above the standard of our usual twice weekly helpings of the beautiful game.....both teams looked like footballers and both teams could play........

Sat with " Kimberley Town" Danny - his team are really struggling at the bottom of CML Supreme Division, but he is always a cheerful chap and his commitment to his team cannot be faulted.

It is hard to see why Boston are struggling in the league, they are well a well organised, talented team - but this is a very strong Division and you may need more than organisation and talent to do well in the company of Hednesford, Bradford, Ilkeston, FCUM etc. Eastwood certainly have that extra something, you only had to take a look at their bench - Lindon Meikle, Peter Knox, Craig Swinscoe, Marc Smith and keeper Ian Deakin. It is safe to say that all these players would walk into any UniBond Premier Division team, but at Eastwood they have to be content with bench places.

Just the one goal decided this entertaining 90 minutes, and superb it was too! After trying to pass their way throught the Boston defence, on 42 minutes they tried the old "over the top" ball, and it worked a treat. Matt Rhead with back to goal, nodded Eastwood keeper Shane Redmond's long ball down to strike partner IAN HOLMES, who volleyed home left-footed from the edge of the box. Great strike, but Holmes did miss couple of sitters later on.

Boston, to their credit, never gave up, and Eastwood had to hang on desperately towards the end as United piled on the pressure. It has to be said that the Badgers' back line looks superb. The line up of Alistair Asher, Simon Sturdy, Paul Robinson and Russell Cooke has to be the best we have seen this season.

Great game, reports will be elswhere on the Eastwood and Boston websites, so I don't need to go into too much detail on here...

Admission £7

Programme - £2 inc raffle

Coffee - Kev's flask -- had two cups!! 8/10

Attendance 485

Saturday - Gedling MW v Graham Street Prims

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