Mexborough & Swinton Times, December 23, 1939
Boston Save a Point
And Nearly Win Both
Dull Duel at Denaby
Denaby Utd 1, Boston Utd 1
Boston saved a point from this game and nearly won both. Judging from the first half they should have done neither. Once more in the first forty-five minutes we had the Denaby forward line in irresistible mood, and there was one period when only Brand and the miraculous saved Boston from at least three goals arrears. It seemed incredible that such pressure should not result in scoring, but such it was, and all Denaby had to show for much good work was goal by ARDRON after twenty minutes.
There were few highlights in the first half. These three first class raids by the Denaby forward line, with Gibbs, Moralee and Ardron in action, were the brightest, Padgett occasionally got through and once Davis put over a grand centre which, had it been inches lower, might have resulted in a goal by either Padgett or Gibbs. But it shot narrowly over both their heads as they waited on the goal line. We saw little of Boston this half. Tunstall was always active but his work came to little. A four goals interval lead would not have flattered Denaby.
In the second half, when we expected Denaby to consolidate their position, Boston swung into the picture. They were never spectacular but always seemed the more likely to score, and this they did after 23 minutes through WRIGHT. After that there were two incidents of note. The first was when Brand had come out of goal and Ellis, at full-back got back in time to kick clear from the goal-line a ball that would otherwise have rolled in and given Denaby the lead. The other was a penalty which gave Denaby yet another opportunity of saving the game. But Ardron blazed wide, and an unexciting game of many missed opportunities was drawn. For the last thirty minutes, Denaby were without Carr full-back, who had to leave the field injured. But their defence was never seriously extended. Tunstall and Mitchell were the most lively Boston attackers, and Wright, first at centre-half and then on the wing, also got through a lot of work.