Boston United 2 v 2 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Phill Rodgerson on 16/08/2003
For the second week in succession Town went behind, then drew level and then went ahead before finally throwing away two points late in the game. In Town?s first away game of the season against League newcomers Boston United saw them retain their unbeaten record under new manager Jackson but without the win which seems to be elusive in the League. A shake-up in the second half with the introduction of Booth seemed to be the key which unlocked the Boston defence, but after goals from Stead and Hughes, the Pilgrim?s drew level with a wonder-strike from Paul Ellender in the 67th minute.Boston United 2 v 2 Huddersfield Town

It was a fairly lacklustre first-half with Town rarely threatening the Boston goal, however young striker Stead was presented with an excellent opportunity when goalkeeper Bastock and defender Hooking messed up a clearance leaving the goal gaping for Stead. From a tight angle, Steadinho (as titled by HTFC-World) hit a shot which looked goal-bound, but was agonisingly denied by the outside of the right-hand post. The Boston defence clearly breathed a sigh of relief at the let-off.

However, in a first half with few chances, it was Yorkshire-man Neil Redfearn who found the net to give Boston their first goal in the Football League. A great ball through by Douglas saw Redfearn turn and drag a brilliant shot just wide of ?keeper Ian Gray and into his bottom right-hand corner to give Boston the lead.

Town managed to manufacture a few chances, mainly from corners, when Nigerian internation Efe Sodje caused a number of problems in the air when venturing from his defensive position. However, it was Boston who should?ve taken another goal in the first half when Redfearn?s corner found Jones unmarked in acres of space. With only Gray to beat he fluffed his chance wide, leaving Town with only a one goal defecit to turn around in the second half.

Having replaced captain Rob Edwards in the first-half due to injury, Jacko made his second substitution after 53 minutes to try and turn the game around. And it certainly worked! Schofield was replaced by fans-favourite Boothy, whilst Newby was placed on the left wing.

Just two minutes after and Town had drawn level. A beautifully crafted through-ball from Tony Carss found Steadinho rushing through on goal. And, unlike last season, the Brazilian striker kept his cool to slot the ball home past the shiny-headed Boston ?keeper Bastock, much to the delight of the 1,000+ travelling Town fans.

With the fans going crazy in the terraces a period of Town dominance ensued with numerous chances being created, but very few taken. They did manage to put one away, though, on 60 minutes when a Thorrington corner was met at the back by the towering Andy Booth. Hughes, stood at the front post reacted quickly to knock Booth?s header in with an easy tap-in to give Town a much deserved lead.

The lead didn?t last long, though, when a half-hearted clearance from Steve Yates looped onto the foot of Paul Ellender. With, probably his best strike of the season, Ellender hit a fantastic first-time volley directly into Ian Gray?s bottom right-hand corner giving the former-Rotherham shot-stopper no chance and earning his team a point in the league.

Numerous chances fell to Stead and Booth late on in the game but neither striker could find the back of the net, often hitting their shots straight down the middle rather than into the corner. On many occasions it appeared that too many cooks spoiled the broth as Town players were getting in each other?s way in the box attempting to take shots at goal. Stead and Booth could quite easily have had another 2 or 3 between them. Jon Newby caused numerous problems down the left wing and looked much more accomplished than Schofield, but none of his penetrating crosses were rounded off in the box.

Boston had the last say in the game the ever-threatening Douglas evaded the challenge of Sodje to feed a ball through to Redfearn. Fortunately for Town, Redfearn didn?t double his goal tally as he struck the ball narrowly wide of the Town goal.


Boston United

1. Paul Bastock
2. Daryl Sutch
6. Mark Greaves
12. Matt Hocking
3. Ben Chapman
14. Richard Logan
7. Tom Bennett (yel 76)
4. Paul Ellender (goal 67)
15. Neil Redfearn (goal 22)
8. Graeme Jones
17. Stuart Douglas

9. Peter Duffield
22. GrahamPotter
5. Stuart Balmer
21. Ryan Clarke
13. Steve Croudson

Huddersfield Town

1. Ian Gray
3. Rob Edwards (off 23)
5. Steve Yates
6. Ian Hughes (goal 60)
16. Efetobore Sodje
14. John Thorrington
11. Danny Schofield (off 53)
4. Lee Fowler
8. Tony Carss
9. Jonathan Stead (goal 55)
10. Jon Newby


13. Phil Senior
23. Andy Booth (on 53)
2. Martin Booty (on 23)
7. Tyrone Thompson
18. Jonathan Worthington


There are currently no comments for this story. In order to post a comment, you need to be a registered Terrier Bytes member and logged in. Click here to login or here to register with Terrier Bytes.




10th Anniversary Edition - 2001 to 2011