KESTEVEN 0 BOSTON RFC 17: Stokes inspires Blue and Whites to a derby-day upset

Jake Brooks.
Jake Brooks.

Boston Rugby Club put in their best performance of the season so far to leave title hopefuls Kesteven with a deserved victory.

Coach Willem Jonker made a number of changes to the side which defeated Grimsby a fortnight ago, moving Matthew Dean into the second row and bringing Jack Thompson into the back row for his debut. In the backs Ben Wollaston partnered Jake Brooks in the centre and John Stansfield returned at full back.

Boston started positively against the slope, taking the game to the home side.

Props Joe Deamer and Alex Kemp were quickly involved in the loose, but a missed penalty by Dan Halliday saw the score stand at 0-0 after 15 minutes.

Brooks broke the deadlock on 27 minutes when, from a five-metre scrum, Jack Stokes broke blind and ofloaded for Brooks to score.

Halliday converted.

Kesteven were stung into action and had a five-minute period camped five metres from Boston’s line.

However, a determined defence repelled their attacks.

Lewis Eldin replaced Will Sharpe at the interval.

Within minutes of the re-start Dean was sin binned for a technical offence, but the 14 men extended their lead in the 48th minute as Jonker’s tap penalty set Perry Cumber free. The winger found Kemp, who registered Boston’s second try before Halliday kicked the Blue anbd Whites into a 14-0 lead.

Boston narrowly missed two further penalty attempts before Ben Wollaston slotted home a penalty to make it 17-0 with six minutes remaining.

The margin of victory could have been greater but Mark Hodgson was adjudged to have spilled the ball when crossing the line in the last play of the game.

Boston’s man of the match was number eight Stokes, whose powerful running helped the Blue and Whites move up to sixth in the Midlands 3 East (North).

Boston entertain Lincoln on saturday (KO 2.15pm) and the match will be preceded by a Vice Presidents’ dinner.

BOSTON: Deamer, Dowse, Kemp, Dean, Sharpe, Thompson, Cotton-Betteridge, Stokes, Jonker, Halliday, Brooks, Sharpe, Woolaston, Hodgson, Cumber, Stansfield; Replacement: Eldin.