FOOTBALL: Smith heroics cannot prevent Louth Town Reserves from Boston defeat

Ben Smith pulls off one of a string of fine saves in Louth Town Reserves' 2-0 defeat at Boston United Reserves. Photo: James Derlien
Ben Smith pulls off one of a string of fine saves in Louth Town Reserves' 2-0 defeat at Boston United Reserves. Photo: James Derlien

Louth Town Reserves were grateful to goalkeeper Ben Smith for a string of fine saves, but they still went down 2-0 at Boston United.

In the reverse fixture Louth Town reserves managed to hold Boston United reserves to a goalless draw - due to magnificent goalkeeping by Smith. On this occasion Smith was brilliant between the sticks again, but not even he could prevent a couple of goals, writes James Derlien.

Boston should have broken the deadlock when their left winger squared across goal to a team mate who fired over from 8 yards. Minutes later a free kick was headed against the crossbar leaving another player with a simple tap in. However, the player who headed the ball was offside so the goal was correctly disallowed.

A youngster cut inside from the right only to drag his shot wide of the left post. Soon afterwards a low drive from the edge of the box narrowly missed the same post.

Another opportunity was squandered towards the end of the first half. While Town were appealing for an offside the flag stayed down and a Boston man blazed over.

Boston picked up where they left off in the second half and failed to convert another good chance. A young lad dribbled towards goal and fluffed his lines when one-on-one with Smith.

The home supporters must have been wondering if their side were going to score until the first goal finally went in on 56 minutes. A long range effort thundered the crossbar and fell kindly to a striker who scored the rebound.

Boston kept attacking in search of a second goal and tested Smith twice in quick succession. First Smith got down quickly deflecting the ball onto his left post and next he did well to hold a shot from distance.

Boston continued to cause Town problems and doubled their lead in the 72nd minute. A man raced clear of the Town defence to slot under Smith and into the back of the net. Smith got his hands to the ball – it wasn’t quite enough though.

Soon afterwards a free kick was floated in and headed powerfully towards the top left corner. Smith dived across his line and did brilliantly to keep the ball out with his fingertips. Out of all his wonder saves that was probably the pick of the bunch.

Smith denied Boston a third goal with an impressive double stop. A striker ran onto a long ball over the top and Smith blocked his low drive then gathered the follow up by another player.

Late on Boston were denied a third goal by yet another of Smith’s saves and the referee’s assistant. Boston had the ball in the net again, however, the linesman had spotted a handball in the build up and the goal was chalked off.

The final score was 2-0 to Boston and in truth the margin could have been far greater if it wasn’t for poor finishing in the first half and fantastic goalkeeping by Smith in the second half. Boston’s goalkeeper didn’t have a single save to make and Smith, on the other hand, was kept busy and named man of the match. Smith did very well to only concede twice and there was nothing he could have done about either of the goals.

Craig Dalton made his post match comments as always, “I thought we competed well in the first 45 minutes. Unfortunately, it didn’t go to plan in the second half and we began to tire towards the end. Ben Smith was our man of the match – he did really well in goal today!”

Town travel to Ruston Sports on Saturday, February 9 at 2pm.