Boston United 2 Cambridge United 1

Goals close to the end of both halves earned Boston United a hard-earned 2-1 victory against Cambridge at York Street.

Jason Lee and Austin McCann were the men who hit the target to eclipse an equaliser for the visitors by Jermaine Easter on a day when former England legend Paul Gascoigne again graced the home midfield.

It was a match in which Cambridge began with some enterprising and free-flowing play but the first two chances fell to Boston with Gascoigne and Thomas Bennett both firing off target from distance.

Cambridge, though, came close to taking the lead on 14 minutes when Easter raced clear from a pass by Justin Walker but keeper Nathan Abbey saved well at the expense of a corner.

Nine minutes later Boston created another opening after good work down the left and Bennett's 25-yard drive forced a good sprawling save from John Ruddy. And the Pilgrims went even closer in the 24th minute when Lee turned smartly just inside the area to fire a rising drive against the outside of a post.

The visitors answered with a couple of neat moves resulting in shots from Ashley Nicholls and Easter which both tested Abbey.

But it was Boston who broke the deadlock on 40 minutes when Lee got up well to head in off the far post from a Bennett corner.

Just before the break Easter twice went close to an equaliser - first hitting an Abdou Elkholti cross against a post and then forcing keeper Abbey into a fine tip-over save with a fierce drive.

Cambridge got back on level terms in the 51st minute when, following good passing work down the middle, Easter fired home via a looping deflection off Mark Greaves.

Boston battled hard to try and regain the attacking supremacy and threw on debutante Tom McManus in a bid to strike back.

But it was the visitors who seemed to carry more threat and only a fine clearance by Lee Beevers prevented a low cross from Stevland Angus from inflicting more damage on the home side.

Boston answered with shots from outside the box by Lee and McManus but neither unduly worried keeper Ruddy.

However in the 83rd minute Ruddy came to his team's rescue with a fine save to keep out a diving header by Lee from Chris Holland's cross.

But three minutes from time he was beaten from 20 yards by a rising shot from McCann following a short free-kick by Courtney Pitt.