Blue and Whites earn vital draw

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In front of a large Vice President’s day crowd, Boston Rugby Club produced a performance full of spirit and determination to earn a vital three league points against Nottingham Moderns, who lie second in the league.

The result narrows the gap between the bottom three sides to one point with two league matches remaining.

In the forwards, Boston welcomed back Adam Hardstaff Ben Woolston, Callum Lawson and Sean Hughes while Herbie Laidlaw, Tom and James Andrews joined the backs.

In perfect playing conditions it would be full back Tom Andrews who scored the first try after 15 minutes, from a deft off load by fly half Matt Bray, putting Andrews into space to score in the corner.

The conversion by Bray took the home side into a 7-0 lead.

In a physical match, scrum half Laidlaw, was forced to retire, the resulting reshuffle seeing Tom Andrews move to scrum half and Harry Woods come off the bench to full back.

On 20 minutes two yellow cards saw Alan Phoenix and a Nottingham Moderns player sin binned.

Boston’s second try came on 30 minutes via second row Lewis Eldin, who received an off load from James Andrews five metres out to move the home side 12- 0 in front.

In the last 10 minutes of the first half Boston conceded two tries and secured their third via James Andrews to lead 17-12.

Moderns started the second half in determined fashion, putting Boston under sustained pressure where only last ditch tackles on Boston’s try line prevented a score.

Boston countered and after 48 minutes a switch pass in the backs, inside the 22, saw Matt Bray produce a sublime run to score the home side’s fourth try in the corner.

Bray duly converted to edge the home side 24-12 in front.

Moderns were determined to secure a win to aid their promotion opportunities and Boston conceded a further two tries on 62 and 70 minutes, resulting in the scoreboard levelling up.

The last 10 minutes were a tense affair as both sides looked for the winning score.

To Boston’s credit they managed the pressure well and closed out the game to secure an important draw.

Boston return to league action on April 8 at Ollerton.

BOSTON: Hough, Phoenix, Lane, Eldin, Hardstaff, Cuthbertson, Woolston, Hughes, Laidlaw, Baldwin, Bray, Kippax, J. Andrews, Cowern, T. Andrews; Replacements: Coley, Wood, Moody, Lawson, Beard.