Boston shoot down The Gulls
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The visitors took the lead after only six minutes through Matthew Hockley, but missed numerous chances to extend their advantage before the break.
United game out after the interval more adventurous, and pulled a goal back with virtually their first shot of the game when Jamie Cook equalised with a low left-footed drive.
The unlikely comeback was completed just eight minutes later when Lee Thompson scored to hand newly-promoted Boston only their third victory of the new campaign.
Rushden and Diamonds missed the opportunity to make the most of Torquay's slip-up at Boston, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Exeter.
City striker Steve Flack headed the home side in front after only six minutes, however Diamonds' leading-scorer Duane Derby equalised on 28 minutes, to earn a point for the visitors, after rounding Kevin Miller.
Hull City's newly-appointed manager Peter Taylor was at Boothferry Park to watch his new team in action and will have been delighted with the performance his chargers put in.
Phil Jevons gave The Tigers a deserved lead when he headed home from six yards, before on-loan Wolves striker Michael Brance netted the teams' second just before half time.
Hull, who never looked likely to surrender their advantage in the second half, completed their comfortable win when Branch netted his second in the dying moments.
Darlington missed the chance to leap-frog Bury in the table after squandering a late two-goal lead at Gigg Lane.
Ryan Valentine, who scored his first goal for the club, and Ian Clark from the penalty spot had looked like giving The Quakers all three points, however the home side did not leave without a fight.
David Nugent gave The Shakers hope with a goal on 88 minutes, and the home fans were jubilant when Michael Nelson equalised with virtually the last kick of the game.
Elsewhere, Swansea slipped to the foot of the table after a late one goal defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.
Jefferson Louis was the hero for The U's scoring with only 17 minutes left in the contest to seal the valuable three points.
Shrewsbury moved out of the bottom five after a hard-fought 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Carlisle United at Brunton Park.
Karl Murray fired the visitors ahead after only 30 seconds, however an own goal by Matthew Redmile ten minutes into the second half brought the home side back on level terms.
Just when it looked like the points would be shared David Artell popped up late and nicked all three points for The Shrews.
Elsewhere, Wrexham and Leyton Orient earned a point a piece, whilst Bristol Rovers beat Lincoln City 2-0 thanks to an own goal from Ben Futcher and a penalty from Guiliano Grazioli.
Goals from Michael Welch and David Easton earned all three points for Macclesfield Town at Kidderminster, whilst a late Shane Tudor goal gave Cambridge United the win over Scunthorpe United.
Click below for match summaries:
Boston 2 Torquay 1
Bristol Rovers 2 Lincoln 0
Bury 2 Darlington 2
Carlisle 1 Shrewsbury 2
Exeter 1 Rushden 1
Hull 3 Rochdale 0
Kidderminster 0 Macclesfield 2
Oxford 1 Swansea 0
Scunthorpe 1 Cambridge 2
Southend 1 York 0
Wrexham 0 Leyton Orient 0
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