Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
Marcus Carver & Elliot Newby combined to send The Magpies four points clear at the top on a cold and miserable day in Lincolnshire.
Boston made two changes from their win at Southport last week with Chesterfield loanee George Smith making his debut and Brad Abbott returning in place of Ashley Jackson & Nicky Wroe.
Chorley were unchanged from their 3-0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers the previous Saturday.
Boston: Willis (c); Davies, Smith, Thanoj (Wroe, 69′), Middleton, Qualter, Rollins, Abbott, Allott (Walker, 66′), J.Wright (Clare, 82′), Wafula. Subs not used: M.Wright, Harris.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, A.Newby, Cottrell, Carver (Jordan, 80′), Wilson (Almond, 84′), E.Newby (McGurk, 86′). Subs not used: Anson, Eccles.
Chorley started the game with real purpose and created a number of good chances early on. The best one fell to Alex Newby, but with a sight of goal the forward could only shoot wide while under pressure from George Smith. Otherwise, a goal mouth scramble that saw Marcus Carver, Josh Wilson & Courtney Meppen-Walter have efforts blocked in the six yard box gave the visitors encouragement.
Boston responded through Gavin Allott, but the forward wildly missed the target from the right channel after good work from Jay Rollins created the opportunity.
Then, with the game really scrappy, a moment of class gave Chorley the lead. Elliot Newby picked up a loose ball and fed Carver who rounded Willis before firing home from a narrow angle.
It could have been two just before the break but after Carver was felled in the area by Ben Middleton, Adam Blakeman’s spot kick was saved by Willis. The aftermath of the missed penalty saw Alex receive a straight red and Middleton a second yellow after the pair tussled on the ground while battling for the saved ball.
The second was incredibly scrappy as the wind blew rain through the ground. Boston created a couple of good chances, but for the most part it was the referee’s whistle that took centre stage.
The Magpies managed to keep their composure and grabbed their second with 13 minutes left. Carver repaid the favour to Elliot, who slide his effort past Willis to double the visitors’ advantage. From there it was plan sailing.
HT 0-1 / FT 0-2
Goals: Carver (34′), E.Newby (77′)
Cautions: Allott (21′), Middleton (44′ & 45′) Qualter (68′); Challoner (21′), Cottrell (56′)
Dismissals: Middleton (45′); A.Newby (45′)
Referee: Aaron Bannister
Assistants: Kieron Salmons & Jack Forder
Weather: Very windy
Next Up: Leamington visit Victory Park next Saturday (3pm) in the Vanarama National League North. Admission is pay-on-the-gate: £12 adults, £9 concessions, £7 students, £5 12-16s & FREE under-12s. Tickets are also available online at thelittleboxoffice.com/chorleyfc