THERE was no stirring fightback for FC United this time as the Rebels crashed out of the FA Trophy.
Karl Marginson’s men, who have made a habit out of heroic failure, paid the price for missing early chances, making basic defensive errors and coming up against some inspired goalkeeping.
Opponents Boston won at Gigg Lane in the league in August but since then have slumped down into the relegations places before sacking their manager recently.
FC looked like piling on the misery as they began brightly but young goalkeeper Martyn Margarson produced superb instinctive saves to deny both Kyle Wilson and Carlos Roca.
But the visitors were out to impress caretaker boss Steve Welsh and on 33 minutes they went ahead. FC defender Simon Garner’s error let in Adam Millson and his far post cross was headed back across goal to present top scorer Ollie Ryan with a tap-in.
FC pressed hard for an equaliser but on the stroke of half-time, sloppy marking at a corner allowed big central defender Liam Parker to power home a header and make it 2-0.
The game seemed to be up after 62 minutes when Parker repeated the dose from another corner, leading to an inquest on the home bench.
When the home side eventually did get back in it, they did so thanks to a huge slice of luck.
Midfielder Papis Dieyte’s 35-yard drive was hopeful rather than menacing but it took a big deflection off a defender and looped over Margarson to give the Senegalese his first goal for the club.
Sub Nick Robinson, often a saviour of lost causes, almost did it again smashing a shot agonisingly across the face of goal as FC camped in the Boston half without any success.