Sleaford 43 Boston Rugby Club 34: Blue and Whites claim seventh-spot finish

Mark Hodgson.
Mark Hodgson.

Boston Rugby Club finished their first season in the Midlands 3 East (North) with a seventh-place finish.

The Blue and Whites ended their campaign with a nine-point defeat at Lincolnshire rivals Sleaford, going down 43-34.

With both sides unaffected by promotion or relegation concerns, the teams saw a number of changes enforced due to injuries and unavailability of players.

Playing against the strong wind, Boston made a dream start scoring only after two minutes of play when prop Alex Kemp was fed the ball from a quick tap penalty five metres out to bulldoze his way over.

Sleaford responded and, in a 13-minute spell, scored three quick tries to move 5-19 ahead.

At this stage the signs of a heavy defeat seemed ominous.

However, to Boston’s credit, they started to fight back and on 30 minutes winger Mark Hodgson scored to reduce the arrears to 10-19.

With four minutes of the half remaining, Sleaford touched down again to lead 10-24.

Coach Jonker brought on second row Henry Betts for Ross Noble at the break, after which Boston started positively.

Ater a disallowed try, back row Jake Brooks scored and his brother Tom converted, bringing Boston to within seven points of their opponents.

Will Sharpe then scored after a quick tap penalty and Boston were just two points behind.

But Sleaford upped their game and scored two quick tries to move 38-22 ahead.

Despite this set back the visitors refused to lie down and two further tries by Jake Brooks and Hodgson reduced the points difference to 38-34.

The Blue and Whites were again in contention, but it was Sleaford who scored with their final try to win 43-34.

BOSTON: Kemp, Scupham, Deamer, Sharpe, Eldin, Noble, J. Brooks, Johnson, Jonker, T. Brooks, Cook, Baldwin, Cross, Hodgson, Andrews; Replacements: Worboys, Betts.

Boston’s final game of the campaign will be the Nott’s, Lincs and Derbyshire Plate final on April 27.

They face Buxton at Matlock (KO 12.30pm).