Boston 2 Lincoln City 0

Last updated : 24 August 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Boston United cashed in on a Derby day success over county neighbours Lincoln City to fully wipe out the pre-season points penalty imposed by the FA.

Their cause was helped when Lincoln had striker Simon Yeo sent off for kicking out at Simon Rusk. And in the end Boston triumphed courtesy of goals by Simon Weatherstone and Daryl Clare.

Lincoln generally had the better of exchanges in the first half, but still found themselves a goal adrift at the break.

Noteable moments of attacking prowess for the visitors saw a low shot by Yeo pushed aside by keeper Paul Bastock who, moments later also produced a fine save from a fierce effort by Peter Gain out on the right.

These followed earlier pressure by City for whom Yeo had a fifth minute goal ruled out for offside.

As the half wore on, Boston emerged as a greater force, initially with Weatherstone blasting over from distant and then both Neil Thompson and Clare shooting wide.

But by that stage the sides had been separted by a 30th minute goal from Weatherstone who netted from the edge of the box after a Mark Angel corner had dropped at his feet.

Then came the drama of Yeo being red-carded and almost instantly Boston went close with Steve Burton drilling over from the rebound to a parried shot by Mark Angel.

Then, seven minutes from time, home substitute Neil Redfearn forced a fingertip save from Alan Marriott as Boston sought to double their advantage.

The comfort zone was achieved in the 89th minute when Clare swept home a cross from Rusk for his first goal of the season.

Bostons acting manager Thompson said: "It was a brilliant win and especially pleasing that we have wiped out our points penalty so soon. It was a terrific day with a brilliant atmosphere and the result was great for our fans.

"I thought all our players worked hard throughout and although they pressured us in stages I felt we were good value for two well taken goals."

Lincoln boss Keith Alexander said: "It was a disappointing result and the sending off was ludicrous particularly at a time when we had them under lots of pressure.

"Although I did not see it, if Simon kicked out he deserved to go. And it certainly cost us the chance of getting something. The fact that their goalkeeper was named man of the match shows how the game was unfolding."