Ball rescues point with last gap equaliser against Boston

A late, late Jimmy Ball header rescued a point for Stockport County as they came from two goals down to draw with Boston United on Saturday.


Two goals either side of half-time put the relegation threatened Pilgrims in control, as County struggled to deal with Sam Muggleton’s long throw-ins.

In the first half, Muggleton’s throw from the right side was met by Gregg Smith, who nodded past Ben Hinchliffe from three yards out.

Eight minutes into the second half it was two. A carbon copy throw was again launched into the County box, evading everyone before being palmed away by Hinchliffe. The ball, however, was pushed only into the path of the gleeful Jay Rollins, who rifled his shot into the bottom corner.

The second goal spurred County into life and they halved the deficit just before the hour, Matty Warburton brilliantly bent a free-kick into the bottom corner from 25-yards out.

Sustained County pressured appeared to have been all in vain as Boston attempted to see the game out, until a 97th minute James Ball header brought the Hatters level.

A melee of shots, blocks and tackles followed a last minute County corner, before Warburton recycled the play which allowed Scott Duxbury to swing an inch-perfect cross in for Ball to powerfully head home from six yards out.

The goal sent County players, management and staff into delirium, as many felt justice had been served, following the lengthy amount of time-wasting from the home side throughout the second half.

FT: Boston 2-2 County

Squad: Hinchliffe, Cowan, Duxbury, Ball, Clarke, O’Halloran (Thomas, 76), Mantack (Walker, 82), Stopforth, Oswell, Dixon (Stephenson, 76), Warburton.

Unused: Smalley, Ormson.

Scorers: Warburton (59), Ball (97).

Attendance: 1,211.








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