Blue and Whites lose out

Jaron Cowern.
Jaron Cowern.

Boston Rugby Club were beaten 36-15 at Chesterfield Panthers, despite a spirited second half fightback.

With several players unavailable for this Midlands 3 East (North) match, coach Willem Jonker was forced to re-shuffle the side with Dan Halliday moving to fly half and Will Scupham to scrum half.

The team welcomed back fortmer players Dan Allen, at second row, and Dean Mathews, in at number eight.

Having learnt lessons from the previous week, Boston started brightly.

But against the run of play a mazy run by the Chesterfield winger from inside his own half moved the home side 7-0 ahead.

A Tom Andrews penalty minutes later reduced the score before a second try moved the hosts 14-3 ahead.

An injury to centre Mark Hodgson saw Jack Stokes move into the backs.

With Boston struggling in the set piece the Panthers capitalised and a penalty try saw them lead 21-3 at the interval.

Jonker made a tactical switch, moving Sam Johnson into the front row and replacing James Wandrag.

After the re-start George Haywood’s try saw Boston move to within 11 points of Chesterfield.

Chesterfield scored another try before a loose ball was seized upon by Will Scupham and fed quickly down the backs to enable Jaron Cowern to move Boston to within 26-15, but Chesterfield were to record two further tries to finish the game at 36- 15.

On Saturday, Boston entertain Grimsby (KO 2.15pm).

BOSTON: Wandrag, Dowse, Kemp, Allen, Eldin, Worboys, Johnson, Matthew, Scupham, Halliday, Haywood, Hodgson, Cumber, Cowern, Andrews; Replacements: Stokes, Edwards, Ward.