Bradford (Park Avenue) suffered their first home defeat of the season, as Boston United claimed victory, on Non League Day, with three goals in nine second half minutes.
In what was an even first half, with both teams having chances, it was the Avenue who took the lead. A corner from Paul Walker was headed home by new signing Billy Priestley, scoring his first goal in an Avenue shirt.
A nightmare nine minutes for the Avenue saw Boston United run out deserved winners. After a foul from Nathan Hotte on David Fallah, the visitors were awarded a penalty, which Dayle Southwell smashed down the middle to level the score.
Six minutes after the equaliser, the Pilgrims took the lead. A shot from Fallah was spilled by John Lamb and right-back Zak Mills was alert to fire the ball past the goalkeeper. United extended their lead just two minutes later, when Southwell got his second goal of the game slipping the ball past Lamb from 12 yards.
It was Bradford who created the first chance of the game. A free kick from Walker deflected off Julian Banton to Chib Chilaka, but the striker was unable to keep his strike on target.
Shortly after, Boston went close to scoring the opening goal, but superb defending by Ryan Qualter made sure the game remained goalless. Rene Steer struck a left-footed effort from 30 yards, but Qualter blocked with his head to clear the danger.
Then, the hosts took the lead. A floated flag-kick from the left was attacked well by Priestley, and the centre-back powered his header past Matthew Gledhill from six yards.
Minutes after the goal, Boston United came close to equalising. Southwell saw his strike blocked by Qualter, and the rebound landed for Kaine Felix. With Lamb out of position, Felix was unable to find the target from a difficult angle.
The Avenue had an opportunity to double their lead from an indirect free kick, after referee Neil Sharp blew his whistle for a back pass. Chilaka struck from 12 yards but Conor Marshall denied the striker with an excellent block.
Before the break, Dennis Greene’s men were unable to score their first goal of the afternoon. A corner was headed into the path of captain Scott Garner, but the ball spun off his boot and over the bar.
After half time, the away side deservedly scored an equaliser. After cutting across two challenges, Fallah was felled by Hotte and the referee pointed to the spot. Southwell stepped up and gave Lamb no chance in the Avenue net.
The Avenue looked to respond and went close to taking the lead again. Hotte saw a strike saved by Gledhill and the ball landed to Chilaka who had two shots blocked on the line by Boston left-back Rene Steer.
Then the visitors netted their second goal. With Fallah involved again, the winger’s strike was parried by Avenue keeper Lamb and Mills made no mistake from close range.
Two minutes later, the Lincolnshire outfit extended their lead. Southwell was played in on the left side of the box, and taking on Qualter, the striker slid his shot across Lamb to score his fifth goal of the season.
Bradford came close to staging a late fightback. Substitute Richard Marshall flicked the ball at the near post, and from two yards with an open goal in front of him, Chilaka was unable to keep his header down.
With time nearly up Avenue nearly scored a consolation goal but Banton’s header was cleared off the line.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Black, James (Kerr 69), Priestley, Qualter, Banton, Rea, Hotte, Chilaka (Barraclough 75), Frost (Marshall 62), Walker.
Subs not used: Colbeck, Price
Scorer: Priestley (28)
Bookings: James, Hotte
Boston United: Gledhill, Mills, Steer, Marrs, Garner, Piergianni, Fallah, C.Marshall, Southwell, Felix (Hollingsworth 72), Meadows (Galinski 75).
Subs not used: Vince, Barlow, Doran.
Scorers: Southwell (pen 61), (69); Mills (67)
Referee: Neil Sharp