Improved but still defeated

Jordan Cleaver.
Jordan Cleaver.

Midlands 3 East (North)

Grimsby 16

Boston 3

A muchimproved performance from Boston Rugby Club failed to end a miserable run of defeats.

Once again the game was dominated by a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch, and when the visitors had it in their favour they failed to find the cutting edge to turn possession into points.

The visitor’s run of bad luck continued when, after welcoming the influential Jack Stokes into the line-up once again, they lost playmaker Ross Noble to a back injury after only 15 minutes.

But at half time Boston were only 10-0 down and hopes were high that the tide would turn, particularly after Jordan Cleaver had produced a try saving tackle and the Blue and Whites had finished the half by launching a series of attacks of their own.

The second half began with Boston controlling the game and a series of penalties against Grimsby resulted in a yellow card that reduced the home side to 14 players.

This should have been the moment for the visitors to strike back, but instead two further penalties for Grimsby against one for Boston were the only additions to a scoreline which appears more comfortable than it actually was.

BOSTON: Lane, Dowse, Scupham, Monteiro, Eldin, Lawson, Cotton-Betteridge, Noble, Laidlaw, Bray, Cowern, T. Andrews, J. Andrews, Paul, Cleaver; Replacements: Neal, Stokes, Roberts.