Hednesford Town suffered a blow against one of the sides that are in contention for the play-offs after slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to Boston United.
Following their midweek triumph over AFC Fylde, it was the Pitmen that started on top and they could have gone ahead as early as the fourth minute, only for Richard Batchelor to head over the bar after Glenn Walker had picked him out.
Despite Town starting on top it was the visitors who struck first in the eighth minute as Carl Piergianni headed home from six yards out after a long throw from Zak Mills picked out the defender.
Hednesford didn’t let this deter them though and almost drew themselves level in the 16th minute when Walker fired in another lovely ball which Marvin Robinson couldn’t just get enough on.
The striker wouldn’t be denied though and it was he that scored the equaliser in the 25th minute when he headed home after a long Ben Bailey throw found the front man.
The Pitmen were now on top and after Bailey saw a shot saved, Walker went on a mazy run in the 31st minute before seeing his left-footed effort fly into the side netting.
Right on the stroke of halftime Kyle Dixon had half a chance for the visitors, but he headed wide at the back post.
United appealed for a penalty in the 48th minute as Dayle Southwell went down in the box, however the referee gave a goal kick despite claims of there being a push.
It would be Town that would have the first effort on goal in the second half though when Bailey saw his header stopped by Max Steyjek in the United goal five minutes later.
Just as in the first period it was to be Boston that would strike first though, as they retook the lead in the 62nd minute. Following good build-up play the ball found its way to top scorer Southwell, who calmly slotted home past the advancing Dan Crane in the Town goal.
Hednesford almost drew themselves level straight away, only for Walker to drag his left-footed effort wide of the upright.
Twelve minutes from time Southwell had a great chance to seal the game for the visitors as he rounded Crane but the striker shot into the side netting with the open goal at his mercy.
As Hednesford applied the pressure, the Pitmen’s best chance of an equaliser came with five minutes remaining when a corner into the box wasn’t dealt with, but James Hurst lashed his effort over the bar from ten yards out.
Hednesford continued to push forward for an equaliser right until the last seconds and there were loud appeals for a penalty from the home side after Piergianni clearly blocked a shot with his hand inside the box, something which went unnoticed by the officials.
In the end though it would be a frustrating afternoon for the Pitmen, but one they must put behind them as they prepare to face North Ferriby United at Keys Park next Saturday.
Hednesford Town: Crane, Hurst, Walker, Bailey, Campion, Thorley, Osborne, Todd (Diggin 74), Robinson (Rushton 55), Thomas, Batchelor (Kerry 66).
Subs not used: Strain, Westwood.
Boston United: Steyjek, Marrs, Steer, Roberts, Garner, Piergianni, Felix, Dixon, Southwell (Walker 88), Jones (Newsham 90), Mills.
Subs not used: Saebe, Hollingsworth, Price
Star Man: Glenn Walker
Entertainment Rating: Three Stars