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FA Cup: Boston United 1 Altrincham 3

By MWhiley_LE  |  Posted: October 20, 2012

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Nine-man Boston United saw their FA Cup dream crushed by Altrincham following a controversial fourth qualifying round tie at the Jakemans Stadium.

After a bright start, the Pilgrims took the lead in the 11th minute when striker Mark Jones scored for the fourth consecutive game.

But the contest was turned on his head a minute later when Ben Fairclough was sent off for a rash challenge.

Boston bravely held out until the 58th minute when James Lawrie scored following a fine move.

The home side were then reduced to nine men when Spencer Weir-Daley saw red following an off-the-ball incident.

With United two men down, there looked to be only one winner and Altrincham duly took control. Jake Moult gave his side the lead when his 20-yard drive took a massive deflection and beat keeper Dan Haystead.

The Pilgrims almost levelled when substitute Charley Sanders' curling shot, following a goalmouth scramble, dropped inches wide.

But the visitors secured their place in the first round proper when Nicky Clee drove home a minute from time.

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  • MjCclarke  |  October 22 2012, 11:57AM

    Boston started so brightly and positive and even when reduced to 10 seemed on top and then showed true grit and character with their backs to the wall when down to 9. Disappointing, but ther are real signs that Jason Lee is developing a side Boston will be proud of, providing they all stay on the pitch! The Boston supporters were tremendous too as their team battled against the odds