Sports: FOUR sent off following mass brawl as Boston United earn first win of season

Sports: FOUR sent off following mass brawl as Boston United earn first win of season

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Boston United manager Craig Elliott was delighted to have striker Dominic Knowles back on the teamsheet as the Pilgrims defeated Leamington on Tuesday.

United were 1-0 victors over the Brakes courtesy of Jordan Thewlis’ 50th minute penalty but saw Thewlis himself and Jay Rollins dismissed, along with Leamington’s Junior English and Jordan Murphy, in an extraordinary finish to the match.

Knowles played 90 minutes upon his return from a pre-season calf injury and Elliott was understandably delighted to have his talisman back.

“He played a lot more minutes than I thought he would,” said Elliott. “You could see his class at times with the spaces he took up. I am really pleased with his impact.

“I am pleased for him as a person that he has come back from the injury and played his part and the fans have been able to see what a quality player he is.”

Dominic Knowles in action during Boston United's 1-0 win over Leamington
Dominic Knowles in action during Boston United’s 1-0 win over Leamington
(Image: Eric Brown)

Elliott was less certain of the impact his players performed in the melee, which saw four players red-carded, but pleased nonetheless with United’s third match unbeaten and first victory.

“There was a lot more happening towards the end with four sendings off in a game which was not really aggressive,” added Elliott. “It was bizarre but these things happen and we got the victory pretty comfortably in the end.

“We were slow out of the blocks in the first 15 minutes and did not start as well as we wanted. Leamington played really well initially.

“I thought we dominated the game from the 15th minute, created lots of chances and should have won by more.

“Clean sheets and 1-0 wins at this level are great and it’s a nice feeling to have.”

Leamington forced Peter Crook into two early saves to deny Murphy and Kaiman Anderson, but United gradually asserted their authority on proceedings and produced plenty of free-flowing moves in attack.

Visiting keeper Jake Weaver used his legs to deny Simon Ainge midway through the first half, while Knowles and Rollins were both off target with individual efforts.

United took a 50th minute lead when Thewlis tangled with English in the box before converting the resultant spot-kick.

Jordan Thewlis celeberates scoring from the penalty spot in the 1-0 win over Leamington
Jordan Thewlis celeberates scoring from the penalty spot in the 1-0 win over Leamington
(Image: Eric Brown)

The Pilgrims had numerous chances to kill off the contest, with Thewlis, Knowles and substitute Shaun Tuton all testing Weaver in the Leamington net.

English hacked at Rollins to spark a melee which ultimately saw them both, plus Thewlis and Murphy, dismissed by referee Dean Watson but United battled through seven minutes of stoppage time to clinch a valuable win.

Pilgrims: Crook, Byrne, Whittle, Platt, Ainge, Shiels, Rollins, Abbott (Jackson 90), Wright (Tuton 74), Knowles (Thanoj 90), Thewlis. Subs (not used): Clare, Willis (gk).

Attendance: 1,083.



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