Boston Rugby Club Under 16s were beaten 32-22 in a keenly-contested match at Market Rasen on Sunday.
Boston again took the opportunity to field new and inexperienced players and it was always going to be a difficult challenge against a well-organised Rasen side.
Boston started well and enjoyed a period of sustained pressure but it was Rasen who opened the scoring with unconverted tries in the fifth and 13th minutes.
In the past this would have been an impossible challenge for Boston to get something from the game but they showed great determination.
Almost from the restart went straight back up the field and excellent ball retention following a quick tap penalty from scrum half Sam Gray allowed captain Toby Scott to crash over for a try, which was converted by Tom Hobbs.
Market Rasen rallied, however, and extended their lead before half time with a fine try to lead 15-7 at the break.
The second half started well for Boston. Number 8 Ryan Cuthbertson secured the ball at the breakdown to release the backs and the forwards worked well again and Charlie Taylor was able to cross the line to score.
Five minutes later, Rasen showed the quality they have in their backs with an excellent running try that was successfully converted.
Boston continued to pressure the Rasen defence and man-of-the-match Joby Ancell scored a deserved try when breaking through several tackles to ground the ball.
In the next 10 minutes Rasen put the game out of sight with their excellent backs earning two more tries for the team.
Despite this, Boston’s heads didn’t drop and Ancell capped a fine personal performance with his second try following an unstoppable run from five metres out.
Boston: Allen, Ancell, Baker, Baxter, Colson, Cook, Cuthbertson, Donaldson, Farmer, Gray, Hardstaff, Hendry Hobbs, Langford, Little, Moody, Raggo, Scott, Scuffham, Stones-Blackman, C. Taylor, T. Taylor, Williams.