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Boston United

Jakemans Community Stadium

Capacity: 5,061 (2,155 seated) - once completed
Address: Jakemans Community Stadium, PE21 6JN Boston, England
Telephone: (01205) 364406
Ticket Office: (01205) 364406
StadiumTours: (01205) 364406
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Pilgrims
Year Ground Opened: 1933*
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Kia
Kit Manufacturer:Adidas
Home Kit: Gold shirts with black trim, black shorts with gold trim, gold socks with black trim
Away Kit: All white


                    
                    

The Jakemans Community Stadium is a ground that brings Boston United up to date with all the modern facilities and a seating capacity of over 6000 fans. The ground is located just a few minutes away from the town of Boston in Lincolnshire. The layout of the stadium comprises of four stands – West, North, East, and South. The West stand is considered as the main stand for the ground. It manages to comprise of all the key places like the dugout and player tunnel.

A rather picturesque ground that looks well balanced as all four stands are roughly of the same height. The Main Stand on one side of the pitch, is a good-sized, covered all seated stand. It’s only drawback are a couple of supporting pillars. It is single tiered, with the team dugouts located out front and incorporates the Directors Box. The other side, the Spayne Road Stand, is a smaller, newish covered terrace. It is so low that house roofs behind are clearly visible. The Town End is a fair-sized partly covered terrace (to the rear). The other end, the York Street Stand is a strange affair. It is raised above pitch level, meaning that spectators have to climb a staircase at the front to reach the seating area (which is mostly benches), whilst below to the front is a small terrace that has a block of seats directly behind the goal. The ground has a striking set of floodlights and something that I haven’t seen for a long time, flags fluttering in the wind, on each of the stand roofs.

In 2009 the ground was renamed the Jakemans Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal. However many fans still refer to it as ‘York Street.’

With the building of a new stadium (see below) this will be the Club’s last season at York Street. So if you have never visited it, then make time to do so during this 2019/20 season or you will miss out on visiting a classic looking ground.

The visiting supporters will be provided with an allocation at the Jakemans Community Stadium. So far, Boston United have not revealed the exact spot for the seating of the away fans. We will update this page with the latest information once it is announced.

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York Street is one of a dying breed of old traditional grounds, with plenty of character. Coupled with a number of good pubs nearby in the town centre and normally a warm welcome, then it is usually a good day out. If less than 200 away fans are expected then they are housed in the small terrace at the front of the York Street Stand. If more than 200 are expected then the larger Town End Terrace, opposite, is allocated instead. This can house up to 2,050 spectators.

With a new stadium for Boston United on the horizon, then if you haven’t ever visited York Street, then have a chance to visit before it closes, then it may be wise to do so.

The process of getting to the Jakemans Community Stadium by car is relatively easy if you have a satnav, as all it takes would be to input the following post code:

PE21 7NE

The Boston United stadium is located on the A16 leading to Peterborough. The parking spots available at the stadium are for corporate and season permit holders. On street parking is available in the surrounding area.

The nearest railway station to the Jakemans Community Stadium is located in Boston. It would take around five minutes on a taxi from the railway station to the ground. It is around a 35 minute walk for those who do not want to use a taxi.

Boston Railway Station is located just under a mile from the ground and is around a 10-15 minute walk away from York Street.

Head down Station Street towards the large church tower. At the end is a Police Station, bear right down the right hand side of the station and head over the river footbridge. Once across turn right up the alleyway, into Church Lane.  Keep going straight on, past the Britannia Inn and then cross the street to go down South Street. Take a left turn into Spain Lane and at its end you will come to a dual carriageway. The ground is clearly visible on the opposite side of it.

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The Boston United ticket prices for admission at the Jakemans Community Stadium will be dependent on the seating position. For a seat in the west stand, adults will have to pay £16 while this drops down to £14 for a seat in the North stand. The West stand, which has the hospitality seating, is the most expensive on the ground with each seat costing £45. The west and north stands do have concession seats where Boston United fans can get a slight reduction in prices. These stands also tend to have a drastic reduction in ticket prices for fans under 16. The West stand, which houses the hospitality boxes, does not offer this advantage with all seats priced at the same £45.

Seating
Adults £15
Concessions £11
Under 17’s £5
1 Adult + 1 Child £17
1 Adult + 2 Children £21
2 Adults + 2 Children £34

Terrace
Adults £13
Concessions £10
Under 17’s £4
1 Adult + 1 Child £15
1 Adult + 2 Children £18
2 Adults + 2 Children £30

Official Programme £3

  • Grimsby Town
  • Lincoln City
  • Gainsborough Trinity
  • Kettering Town

Kings Lynn, Lincoln City and Stamford.

The Jakemans Community Stadium is a modern facility with plenty of features for people with a disability. For starters, there are sufficient seating spots for people who want to access the ground on a wheelchair. Apart from seating, they also get special disabled toilet facilities, which are not located far away. There are also dedicated spots in the car park for people with disabilities so that they do not go long distances to get to the seats.

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The Jakemans Community Stadium has just been built and Boston United have not unveiled any information about stadium tours. We will update it once the information is available from the club.

Record Attendance

Not yet available (new ground)

Average Attendance

2019-2020: 2,152 (League Two)

2018-2019: 2,520 (League Two)

2017-2018: 2,932 (League Two)

Record Attendance

11,000 v Derby County
FA Cup 3rd Round Replay, 9th January 1974

Average Attendance
2018-2017: 1,093 (National League North)
2017-2018: 1,053 (National League North)
2016-2017: 1,116 (National League North)

After a number of lengthy delays, the Club have commenced with the building of a new 5,000 capacity stadium, located South West of the town, just off the A16 near Woodside. This is part of a wider regeneration project known as the Quadrant, which includes housing. The new stadium is due to open in August 2020. Artists impressions of the new stadium and details of the wider regeneration project for the area (the works for part of which have which have commenced) can be viewed on the Quadrant Project website.

A Computerised Image Of How The New Stadium Will Look
(Courtesy of the Quadrant Project website)

New Boston United Stadium

There is a Sports Bar at the ground called the Pilgrim Lounge that admits away fans. Otherwise there is the  Coach & Horses pub on Main Ridge, which is the nearest pub to the ground. It serves the excellent locally brewed Batemans ales and is listed in the Camra Good Beer Guide.

Ken Fox informs me; ‘The Coach & Horses on Main Ridge is the nearest pub to the ground. It serves the excellent Batemans ales which are locally brewed’. On the same road is the Eagle Chippy, which is normally busy on matchdays. Otherwise the ground is only a five minute walk away from the town centre, where there are plenty of good pubs to be found. The Eagle, in West Street near to the railway station and Wetherspoons outlet on the High Street called the Moon Under Water are both Good Beer Guide listed.

Pete Brooksbank recommends ‘the Robin Hood pub. Which is down the High Street, about a five minute walk from the ground over the river – where yet another excellent pint of Batemans awaits!’

From The North
From the A1 take the A17 towards Sleaford/Boston. After passing Sleaford take the A1121 towards Boston and then onto the A52. On entering Boston you pass Boston station on your left and then pass the junction with the A16 Spalding Road on your right. Go over the small Haven Bridge and straight along into John Adams Way (dual carriageway), the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen on the right. Turn right at the next traffic lights, into Main Ridge, then take the next right into York Street.

From The South
From the A1 take the A43 towards Stamford and then on entering Stamford Town Centre take the A16 towards Market Deeping/Spalding and then onto Boston. On entering Boston you will go over a railway crossing. Bear right at the next set of traffic lights (signposted Boston College). Go over the small Haven Bridge and straight along John Adams Way (dual carriageway), the floodlights of the ground can be clearly seen on the right. Turn right at the next traffic lights, into Main Ridge, then take the next right into York Street.

Car Parking
There is no car parking as such for fans (unless you are a permit holder) at the ground itself. So you will need to either park in one of the town centre pay and display car parks or seek street parking.

If you require hotel accommodation in Boston then first try a hotel booking service provided by Booking.com. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Just click on “Search” below or on the hotel of interest on the map below to select dates, get prices and more information. The map is centered on the football ground. However, you can drag the map around or click on +/- to reveal more hotels in the town centre or further afield.

 

If you require hotel accommodation in Boston, then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Jakemans Stadium in Boston (showm as distance from centre).

Access their Boston Hotels and Guest Houses pages.

Special thanks to Peter Ratledge for providing the photos of the Jakemans York Street Stadium, Boston United.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I’ll update the guide.

  • Game Attended

    Boston United V Norwich City under 23's

    Competition

    Friendly

    Date

    24/07/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15:00

    Team Supported

    92 Club

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    I was intrigued about the new Jakemans Community Stadium after having visited York Street when Boston were in the Football League.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    It takes just over two hours from London so I travelled by train.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    I arrived at the ground 45 minutes before kick off and had a good look round.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    The new main stand is very impressive with a large bar/restaurant area. There is covered terracing on two other sides of the ground and one end still to be constructed.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The games was quite lively with Boston scoring twice early on and the game finishing 3-3.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    I got s cab to and from the ground. It cost about £5 each way. There appeared to be ample parking for the crowd of 650.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    The food and drink outlets seemed reasonably priced. Inside the main stand there are murals detailing the club's history which are interesting without being too in depth. It is a very impressive non-league stadium. The club clearly have ambitions to play further up the pyramid.

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  • Game Attended

    Boston United Vs Notts County

    Competition

    Friendly

    Date

    27/07/2021

    Kick Off Time

    19:45

    Team Supported

    Neutral

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    I 'm a Posh fan living in South Lincs and have passed this ground several times driving to Skegvegas so wanted to have a proper look

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    25/30 minutes from my house and the right side of town for me. Parked opposite Starbucks on the other side of the round, plenty of street parking over that side but you probably need to get there in reasonable time. Otherwise parking for £3 at the ground

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Coffee from Starbucks, a night game straight from work so wasn't fussed about having a beer

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Lovely for a new build, clean, surrounded by trees, modern looking. Walked around the ground, one end still to be built

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Pre season friendly but at a decent pace, until the inevitable mass substitutions, 3-1 to Notts (form a higher level). Facilities excellent, we sat in the main stand, there is a terrace behind the goal and along the side (used for away fans currently), a nice nod to their heritage in the concourse. The food and drink looked good but I didn't partake, quite a queue at half time. Everyone very friendly, no badges or Programmes though, team sheet available

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Very very easy, we left a couple of minutes before and we were on the A16 and away in no time. I suspect the car park would take longer to get out of , especially on a Saturday

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Glad to get the tick, really nice ground, superb for the level, good enough for the league in my opinion.

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  • Game Attended

    Boston United 4 AFC Telford 1

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    12/10/2021

    Kick Off Time

    7.47

    Team Supported

    Doing the 158

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    2 more National League grounds to go to after this. Tuesday evening a good time for me to go to matches.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    80 miles from home but no motorway, so it took a while. The ground is on the A16, south of the town, so very easy to find. There is a new estate the other side of the A16 where there are some places to park. If they draw a well supported club in the FA Cup 1st round it could be chaos though.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Sat in the Costa next to the ground and then got to the game in good time. All very friendly.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    Looks very smart and presentable. Typical modern stadium. West side is all seated and terracing to the north and east (away fans in a section of the east side). Nothing behind the goal at the south end which is a bit odd. Plenty of space around the stadium. Very easy to get in and out.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    4-1 was harsh on Telford. A good, open game. Home fans were enthusiastic. Vegan sausage roll as good as anything I have eaten at a Football ground.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Very easy. 1,436 attendance so no great rush and you are by a main road out of town.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Ground is well out of the town. There is a new housing estate opposite and typical chains such as Costa, Starbucks and Papa Johns next to the ground. Very good programme and a club that is clearly making an effort to be part of the community.

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  • Game Attended

    Boston United versus Chorley

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    20/11/2021

    Kick Off Time

    3pm

    Team Supported

    Neutral

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    I was keen to visit Boston's new stadium. It's about three miles south of the town centre, where the club's former York Street home survives. I went to the old place, a classic town centre ground, on four occasions. Interested to weigh up how the new place compares. Also, I really like Boston - a smashing little town with some superb architecture - so a revisit, for the first time in 15 years or so, appealed greatly.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    The stadium, adjacent to the A16 Spalding-Boston road, is easily located. I reached it via the A17 and the B1391. There isn't any parking at the ground for the casual spectator (or most regulars, come to that). I found a good, free spot, on Solway Avenue, about eight minutes' walk from the stadium. From the south, go past the stadium then turn first left, Tytton Lane East. Solway Avenue is the second right. Plenty of room to park, away from houses and drives.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Had a wander around the town centre before the game. My tour included a visit to St Botolph's Church (aka 'The Stump', a remarkable structure and a famous landmark) and the Guildhall (both free). I parked outside United's former York Street ground, still in use, by a local team, Railway Athletic, then walked the 10 minutes into town. Took a picnic therefore minimal 'secondary spend'. At the new stadium, the locals were very friendly: from the woman in the club shop to the jovial, elderly guys surrounding me next to the halfway line.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    I joined the home fans, on the east terrace, opposite the main stand. It's a very smart stadium, with eye-catching 'leaning' floodlight masts, a winning use of the club's logo and amber and black colours, and several excellent murals and heritage displays.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    It was a cracking game. Boston led 1-0 before Chorley hit back to go 2-1 up. Deservedly, however, the hosts scored an equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time. The atmosphere was decent (for this level, certainly, and a 1,545 crowd) and the stewards were friendly and helpful. I didn't sample any of the catering at the ground.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Given the amount of stoppage time played, and the walk involved, I didn't get back to the car until after the football results had been read on 5 Live's Sports Report. Not often that happens! Then, in the darkness and the unfamiliar surroundings, I managed to miss the B1391 turn in Wyberton but, following my nose, got back to the A17 without too much delay.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Very enjoyable: nice town, great stadium, friendly locals and a super game.

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  • Game Attended

    Boston United v Brackley Town

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    28/12/2021

    Kick Off Time

    3pm

    Team Supported

    Neutral

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    With my team, Grimsby Town, going through a Covid crisis, I needed to find somewhere else to get my football fix, so a visit to the new Jakemans Stadium seemed the best option.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    It's only just over an hour from me, A16, A153, B1192, taking care to avoid Boston town centre, which is a well known bottleneck. I parked in Tytton Lane East, a 10 minute walk away, which seemed a popular choice, though probably not with the residents.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    There are no pubs close by, but drinks were available in the away end. Everyone seemed pretty friendly.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    For a small ground, the outside of the main west stand is quite impressive. Away fans are allocated the south end of the east stand terrace, which is only 6 steps high, but ample space for the 45 Brackley fans. The south stand is currently incomplete, but if it is in keeping with the rest of the ground, it will finish it off nicely.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    It was a real end to end game, with Boston just lacking the cutting edge up front that Brackley had. Brackley took a 2 goal lead in the first half, then had a penalty saved midway through the second half. Boston immediately pulled a goal back through a penalty of their own, and had 2 or 3 good chances to equalise, however Brackley grabbed a third in added time to seal the win. I take my hat off to the Brackley fans who, although small in number, made a lot of noise throughout. Stewards were friendly, food looked ok, and a big cup of tea was a bargain at £1. Toilets were very clean. The attendance of 2,138 was a record for the new ground.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    It was a bit of a jam getting across the A16 at the pelican crossing. If they were to get a really big attendance, it would be absolute chaos. After that, a ten minute walk back to the car, and back home by 6.15

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    It was an enjoyable day out, without the stresses of watching your own team, and something I would consider doing again in similar circumstances.

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  • Game Attended

    Brackley Town

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    28/12/2021

    Kick Off Time

    3pm

    Team Supported

    Boston - I guess!

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Not been to the new stadium and was curious to sample the hospitality experience in the main stand. Went with a Man United fan and so keen to understand what insight of the club's ambition we would get.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Live in town, so decided on a £7 Acorn taxi to the ground given it was raining and we didn't fancy the walk to catch the shuttle bus. Taxi dropped us at the door and returning car picked us up in the Costa outside the ground, which made life very simple indeed.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Hospitality included lunch and a cash bar serving cold Guinness - what's not to like? Fans in the bar and at our table were very friendly, given our non-local accents (me a Brummie!).

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    To be honest, my stadium experience is Villa Park, Old Trafford, Twickenham etc., so i wasn't expecting too much, but was completely blown away at just how professional the stadium was, the facilities, the layout, branding etc. The impression created was of a much bigger club and possibly hints at their ambition to climb the league ladder.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The ground was pretty full (2500+??) so the atmosphere was good and the North Stand made plenty of noise throughout, despite the score line. Stewards were friendly and helpful and the waiting staff in the dining room, were all friendly and very helpful. Table service for the drinks was good and kept the delay between pints to a minimum. Food was decent, with chicken in a sauce followed by cheesecake, more than enough for the afternoon, although the trays of chips that wafted past us during the game looked appealing.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Getting out was easy and the taxi picked us up from the Costa car park outside, which made life nice and easy.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Overall a great day, thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and plan on attending again soon and hope to bring more friends. I think if the town gets behind the team and supports the club's ambition, everything is in place to play at a higher level - which would in turn be fantastic for the town.

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  • Game Attended

    Boston United v Blyth Spartans

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    02/04/2022

    Kick Off Time

    15:00

    Team Supported

    Blyth Spartans

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Another new ground that leaves me one to complete the National League North once more. Given Blyth's recent form there wasn't much else to look forward to.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    An easy trip from Leicester via a bit of birdwatching at Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve. From there it's less than 10 minutes and the ground is pretty obvious from the A16. Despite everyone saying parking is £3 there is NO parking at the ground unless you have a pass. Thankfully a £5 donation to the Costa Coffee charity fund allows parking a few minutes walk away.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Went birdwatching at RSPB Frampton Marsh and saw the ultra-rare White-tailed Plover. The home fans are always friendly at Boston and it was great to meet some old friends I haven't seen since before COVID.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    I'm not one for new-builds but at least Boston United have made an effort and they should get a fourth side before Oxford United! I do like the floodlights but let's be honest, it is not York Street... my all-time favourite ground.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    I was worried with the move it would be as bad an experience as York City but the steak pie, chips, peas and gravy for £4.90 was very good and so much better than the LNER. As for the game, well not going 1-0 down within the first few minutes was a huge lift. Blyth looked really good today and took a deserved lead on 41 minutes. Sadly, The Pilgrims piled on the pressure second half and we conceded a late equaliser. The result felt like a defeat but credit to the lads, they all put in a shift. Hopefully we can survive in the NLN.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    So easy, the only bad thing about York Street was getting away. Home in an hour and a half.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Apart from the late equaliser we had a great day and it's one new build I will go back to.

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  • Game Attended

    Boston v Bradford (Park Avenue)

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    15/04/2022

    Kick Off Time

    3pm

    Team Supported

    BPA

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    I’d been to the old Edgar Street ground but fancied visiting the new place

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I’d stayed overnight in Hereford and learnt that a coach took fans from the bus station to the ground starting at 12pm and then at 45 minute intervals, last one 2,15pm at a bargain rate of £1,50 each way.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Boston is a bit thin pubwise, the Wetherspoons is ok right by the bridge over the river. For real ale lovers the Eagle soars above all overs. It’s near the railway station and the bus station too. Got talking to some home fans in there , nice guys.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    It looks quite good, the floodlights remind me of Afc Fylde. Only 3 sided at the moment but looks like plans are in place for behind the goal.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Managed to get a pint in the clubhouse. 2 real ales from the local 8 Sail brewery was a nice surprise, everyone friendly. We were in a small section of the East stand which had seating and there was a licensed snack bar selling cans. Stewards ok We had a decent first half and led 1-0 at HT. Boston upped the tempo and made some substitutions and ran out 2-1 winners which they probably deserved Boston supporters a bit muted, think they were relieved to get the win

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    The coach was waiting to take fans back into town, if you wanted to linger there was another one at 5.45pm. It also picks up and drops off at Boots in the town square

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Enjoyed the trip even though we lost, next time I would like to visit the 8 Sail brewery at Heckington, it’s only 15 minutes on the train from Boston

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