A late flurry proved to be Boston Rugby Club’s downfall as they were beaten 43-18 at home to Lincoln.
The last 10 minutes of this evenly-fought contest saw the home side conceding two quick tries to enable the visitors to take home the spoils.
The scoreline, however, like statistics, does not reflect the overall pattern of the match.
The Blue and Whites were disappointed that they could not record a fourth try and secure a vital bonus point, as they now sit 11th in the Midlands 3 East (North) table, above East Retford, Mellish and Skegness.
With a number of players not available in the backs, coach Willem Jonker was forced to reshuffle his team.
Tom Andrews came in at fly half, Will Scupham made his first team debut at centre and Jaron Cowern started on the wing.
In the forwards the pack welcomed Alex Kemp back from injury in the front row, with the evergreen Steve Loveley slotting in at hooker.
Boston started brightly and scored after seven minutes of play, when prop Kemp burrowed over the whitewash after a quickly-taken tap penalty 10 metres from the Lincoln line.
Lincoln responded to lead 5-7.
A neat interchange between Jonker and number eight Sean Hughes nearly produced a try in the corner and, from the resulting scrum, centre Scupham showed his strength to score.
Cowern then scored from a pumping run to move Boston 15-7 ahead.
However, a missed tackle allowed Lincoln to reduce the deficit before a converted try saw them regain the lead, moving 19-15 ahead.
The second half was evenly balanced, but the visitors moved 24-15 in front before a penalty from Andrews reduced the score to 24-18.
But as the clock ticked down, Lincoln continued to rack up the tries and move into an unassailable 43-18 lead.
On saturday, Boston travel to play Mellish (KO 2.15pm).
BOSTON: Deamer, Loveley, Kemp, Enderby, Eldin, Noble, Stokes, Hughes, Jonker, Andrews, Hodgson, Scupham,
Baldwin, Cowern, Hodgson, Cross; Replacements: Samson, Johnson, Cook.