DATES VISITED THIS GROUND : 24/8/2002, 26/12/2003, 16/2/2005
THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE VISIT DATED: 24/8/2002
This was the big one, the first league meeting between the two sides, as soon as the fixture
lists were announced, this was the first fixture everyone looked for (other than the obvious opening day). Weeks of preparation
went into the game and it was antipated to be a good day however, the day didn't start well when bad traffic in Boston saw
a 45 minute trip turn into an hour and a half. Upon entering the ground I found it a bit bland and that ever unreliable
"ready to fall down" look to it.
The away end was quite a large terrace and it provided an otherwise excellent view of
the action, the only problem being the advertising boards prevented you from seeing the goalline. The stand to the Imps right
was the main terrace at York Street and the obvious preferable choice of the Boston folk. This terrace, although small ran
the length of the pitch and I imagine it'd provide an excellent view of the action. The stand behind the opposite goal was
the oldest looking of the 4 with a small terraced section at the bottom with a wooden seated section above this. The final
stand was an evelated seating. Another thing of note is that the Boston United dugout is a proper dug out with nice plastic
seats that you'd find at Sincil Bank and everything but the away dugout was fulled with those really hard chairs you get in
primary schools, now that hospitality for you.
The programme was quite poor and wasn't really worth the £2. Crowd trouble marred the whole
game with several fans being arrested and one Lincoln fan being walked down the pitch with blood pouring after being hit over
the head with something. That was about as much atmosphere as the game produced as it was quite a poor game with a bad atmosphere
from both sides but Boston went on to win 2-0 which was deserved.
Overall I didn't particully enjoy my trip to Boston, I found it a very uncomfortable position
to be in because of the violence and it doesn't have the local derby feel, maybe this will change down the years but I doubt
it. However, Boston are soon to move to a new ground so hopefully that will improve the local atmosphere feel.