Despite another good performance from Hednesford Town in a game which saw them take the lead, the Pitmen found that luck wasn’t on their side as they came home empty handed from the long journey to Boston United.
The match took off at a furious pace and twice in the first eight minutes Hednesford goalkeeper Dan Crane was forced to make point blank saves, while the visitors also came close with a Sean Williams free kick being tipped over the bar and a cross into the box from Shelton Payne, which Ahmed Obeng could not convert.
It would be the Pitmen that would strike first in the 11th minute when a wonderfully-worked free kick from Williams slipped Payne down the side of the home defence and his cross was turned in first time by Stephane Ngamvoulou.
However, the lead was to be short-lived as four minutes later the home side were level when Grant Roberts positioned himself under a high ball and fired a fearsome low volley past Crane on his near post.
The game continued to swing to and fro but the Pitmen were getting more of the ball with Ngamvoulou causing mayhem with his pace and strength and as the game drew towards half time the visitors should have taken the lead.
Obeng was first denied a free kick on the edge of the box as a crunching tackle from behind was adjudged to be fair by the referee, but then in injury time the same player had a glorious opportunity as he broke into the box only to drive his shot past the upright.
In the 51st minute Boston striker John Sands spurned a similar opportunity by steering his shot high and wide as Crane tried to cover the gaping net but it was in the 55th minute that an incident occurred that would come back with a vengeance later in the game.
Young defender Jack Fitzwater made a heavy challenge on a Boston player and was given a ticking off by the match referee and as he turned away to return to his position the referee flashed the yellow card at the player.
The Pitmen continued to attack with intent and in the 65th minute Williams picked out striker Kyle Perry but his shot cannoned off the crossbar and away to safety.
As Hednesford continued to push for a winning goal it was a breakaway by Boston that proved to be the turning point in the game. Young West Bromwich Albion loanee Fitzwater had been drawn over to the left side near to the halfway line and with a lack of defensive cover brought down the Boston player, completely unaware that he had been cautioned earlier in the game.
In the confusion that followed and after discussions between the match officials, the youngster was shown his second yellow card and had to leave the field, with Matt Regan coming on as substitute for Obeng to cover the central defensive position.
However, it was Regan’s clumsy challenge in the 83rd minute that ended with a penalty kick for the home side which was duly converted by Lewis Hilliard.
The Pitmen’s misery was compounded in the 86th minute as an incident in the technical area resulted in Sinclair being sent to the dressing room and, as he walked behind the goal, he was on hand to witness Boston’s third goal as Kaine Felix headed in at the far post.
Boston United: Spiess, Marrs, Garner, Piergianni, Cooney, Felix, Hilliard, Roberts, Rollins, Jones, Sands (Johnson 62)
Subs not used: Dykes, Vince, Ross, Payne
Hednesford Town: Crane, Thomas, Truelove, Bailey, Fitzwater, Digie, Obeng (Regan 81), Williams, Perry, Ngamvoulou (Patterson 84), Payne (Ennis 63)
Subs not used: Ransome, Thorley
Star Man: Sean Williams
Entertainment Rating: Four Stars