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FA Cup 1st Round
13th November 2004
  Boston United 5 - 2 Hornchurch
Thompson 47', McManus 48' 67', Noble 80', Ellender 88' H/T 0-1
Att: 2437
Castle 3', Everett 77'

Match Highlights
Boston United   Hornchurch
3 GOAL - Castle
31 BOOKED - Baruwa
Kirk - OFF
McManus - ON
45 OFF - Huke
ON - Peters
Thompson - GOAL 47
McManus - GOAL 48
51 OFF - Downer
54 Douglas - OFF
Locke - ON
Castle - OFF
Everett - ON
57 BOOKED - Clancy
McManus - GOAL 67
77 GOAL - Everett
Abbey - BOOKED 77
Noble - GOAL 80
Ellender - GOAL 88
Noble - OFF
Rusk - ON
Lee - OFF
Norris - ON


In the end the scoreline looked convincing, but if it wasn't for a mad five minute spell in the second half our makeshift side could well have made the League Two team sweat a little more.

In fact we took the lead after only 3 minutes when a Steve Castle free kick from close to the right touchline was allowed to travel all the way across goal and into the far corner. Boston came at us in waves but were constantly frustrated.  Adiobun Baruwa made a great save from a well struck Danny Thomas volley on 7 minutes and Jason Lee managed to sky the ball over the bar a couple of minutes later after a cross from Andy Kirk.  Lee Thompson brought out another fine save from Baruwa on 15 minutes but was much wider of the mark 10 minutes later when he spurned a great chance from the corner of the areal. Boston's hat-trick hero from the week before was taken off after pulling up with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Tam McManus 10 minutes before half time but they were undaunted, Baruwa saving well once more from Thompson.

So things looked promising for us at half time with the home crowd becoming a little restless, but it all changed very quickly.  Boston came out all guns blazing and the early goal they needed came 2 minutes in when Lee Thompson volleyed home after a long throw.  A minute later Tam McManus put the home side in front, knocking in a loose ball after Simon Downer cleared off the line.  Downer was then sent off after a wild challenge on McManus and it looked as if our world would fall apart.  With the home side in front things settled a little and we didn't look too overwhelmed being a man down.  Thompson missed a sitter from 6 yards from a great move and a Thomas cross on 65  minutes, but two minutes later it was 3-1 after a long goal kick was headed on by Lee for McManus to run clear and slot home.  With 15 minutes left the home side relaxed a little too much and young Terry Everett took advantage of a bad mistake by keeper Nathan Abbey to nick the ball off him and run through to blast into the roof of the empty net.

Boston soon restored their lead though through David Noble who shot home from 12 yards following another strong attack and the fifth came with two minutes left when Paul Ellender fooled Baruwa with a back-header from 6 yards following a dangerous looking free kick from an acute angle.

Despite the defeat, a stirling performance under the circumstances from the team, earning an ovation from the Boston fans at the end, and plenty of noise from our travelling support made it a great day out.


Video Highlights by Rob

- 3 mins - Steve Castle puts us in front from a free kick (540KB)
- 47 mins - Lee Thomson equalises for Boston (500KB)
- 48 mins - Tam McManus puts the home side in front (620KB)
- 67 mins - McManus makes it 3-1 (630KB)
- 77 mins - Terry Everett pulls a goal back (545KB)
- 80 mins - David Noble restores the margin (570KB)
- 88 mins - Paul Ellender makes it 5-2 (480KB)


Boston United
Nathan Abbey
Lee Beevers
Paul Ellender
Mark Greaves
David Noble
Jason Lee
Andy Kirk
Austin McCann
Lee Thompson
Danny Thomas
Dean West
Greg Strong
Steve Melton
Simon Rusk
Rob Norris
Tam McManus
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26 1
2 2
4 3
5 4
8 5
9 6
10 7
14 8
15 9
16 10
28 11
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3 12
6 14
12 15
25 16
27 17
Adiobun Baruwa
Tim Clancy
Ahmed Deen
Zeljko Popovic
Simon Downer
Steve Castle
Russell Penn
Danny Shipp
Shane Huke
Jean-Michel Sigere
Andy Douglas
Adam Locke
Mark Peters
Jeff Shepherd
Terrry Everett
Luke McShane

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