Hull City 1 Boston 0

Last updated : 23 November 2002 By Footymad Previewer

This game, although it sparked into life in the second half, did not really deserve a winner. The play, from both sides, was as uninspiring as the drab and damp weather. And with seven bookings it was not particulaly good natured.

The first half was dull. After five minutes a shot from Gary Alexander was parried for a corner, which came to nothing. Two minutes later a right-wing cross from Steve Melton was plucked out of the air by Paul Bastock.

On 15 minutes, former Tigers defender Matt Hocking was allowed a free header which went well over.

Five minutes later a free-kick from Mark Angel was just off target. A very quiet spell followed, which was only briefly lifted in the 26th minute when Hocking slipped and gave the ball to Michael Branch, who passed it just behind Alexander who could not control it and lost possession.

After 32 minutes a free header from Stuart Green went just over, and at the over end a minute later, Peter Costello found himself clean through, but Paul Musselwhite collected just in time.

A minute before the half-time break, there was a let-off for City when Boston broke and Tony Battersby was allowed to shoot unmarked from 18 yards, but his shot was blocked. His follow-up sailed over the bar.

The second half sprung into life after just four minutes, when Boston lost possession near their own box and Damien Delaney stepped up to float in a cross, but to Bastock's shock, It dipped under the right-hand corner of the crossbar and into the net.

Suddenly the trademark Boothery Park atmosphere was back, and the fans saluted Delaney who cheekily put his hands over his mouth to acknowledge the fact that he hadn't intended to shoot at goal.

Three minutes later there was more drama when Branch was booked for a foul on Patrick McCarthy who hit out in anger. Having already been booked in the first half, he was given a second yellow card for violent conduct and was sent from the field.

Moments later, Carl Regan missed a great chance to extend the lead but he skewed his shot in to the crowd.

After 55 minutes Green's 25-yard volley was superbly beaten away by Bastock but seconds later Angel broke free and his shot cannoned off the bar.

But City held on and although they had by far the greater pocession and chances, Boston, on their first and last game at Boothery Park, would have been disapointed not to have left with a point