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TRINITY boss Brian Little bemoaned the way his side conceded ‘crazy goals’ at the wrong times in Tuesday’s derby defeat to Boston.

First-half goals from Adam Boyes and Danny Sleath put the Pilgrims in control before Boyes struck again to secure a comfortable win.

The loss piled more misery on Little, whose team has picked up just one point from their last six games.

“They were the better side because we gave them goals at the wrong times in the game,” he told the Standard.

“The first goal gave them confidence and the second (right before half-time) gave them a massive lift.”

“I thought we did ok in that period and then again up until the third, but we’re giving such crazy goals away.”

Both teams came into this derby match on the back of weekend defeats, but it was Boston who drew first blood after just six minutes.

An unmarked Boyes slid the ball in at the back post from a Jamie Yates’ cross to open the scoring.

The Blues went close through Luke Waterfall’s flick on from a Lewis McMahon cross before Spencer Weir-Daley dragged a shot across goal for Boston.

Josh Davies fired a volley inches wide on 25 minutes and Ryan Williams curled an effort past the post as Gainsborough came back strongly.

But at the other end, stand-in keeper Gavin Ward did brilliantly to deny Shane Clarke one-on-one before United grabbed a second.

Sleath curled a low shot into the bottom corner from inside the box just before the break to leave Trinity facing an uphill task.

The visitors kept up the pressure after the restart with Yates and Anthony Church going close inside the opening minutes of the second half.

Waterfall headed a cross from McMahon wide of the mark, while Ward got down low to save Shaun Pearson’s header as both sides traded efforts on goal.

But on 70 minutes Boston sealed the win when a through ball from midfield found Boyes all alone in acres of space and he rounded Ward to slot into an empty net.

There was still time for Ward to palm away a late effort from Weir-Daley as Gainsborough fell to a fifth defeat in six outings.

Trinity will be looking to bounce back as they aim to record only their second success of the season on the Northolme when they host Harrogate Town on Saturday.


Gainsborough Trinity: Ward, Spafford, Peat, Cowan, Waterfall, Boyce, Davies, Williams, Kendall, Mettam, McMahon (Aiston 66). Not used: Beckett, Greaves, Mayo, J Clarke.

Boston United: Haystead, Cullingworth, Jellyman, Church, Pearson, Canoville, Yates (Hunter 90), Sleath, Boyes (Davidson 82), Weir-Daley (Newsham 70), S. Clarke. Not used: Coleman, Deane.

Referee: Darren England.

Attendance: 648.

Yellows: Peat, Aiston; Cullingworth, Church, Yates.

Goals: Boyes 6 & 70, Sleath 44.

MOM: Adam Boyes.


Trinity Boston

Shots on 2 6

Shots off 8 4

Corners 4 4

Fouls 8 18

Offsides 0 1

Yellow 2 3