Laidlaw double secures Boston’s first victory

Boston rugby action versus Kesteven EMN-150914-102814002
Boston rugby action versus Kesteven EMN-150914-102814002

Boston turned round a half time deficit of seven points, to score three second half tries, two from scrum half Herbie Laidlaw and one from Mathew Bray, both products of the Colts side, to secure their first league win of the season, beating Kesteven 22-15.

The starting line up saw a number of changes from last week. In the forwards there was a debut for Sam Laird in the back row, alongside the returning Dave Cotton Betteridge.

Herbie Laidlaw scores a try for Boston EMN-150914-102758002

Herbie Laidlaw scores a try for Boston EMN-150914-102758002

The backs had a youthful look as all but two were Colts players - the Andrew brothers, James and Andrew, Oliver Balsom and Mathew Bray.

Playing against the strong wind, the home side made the perfect start when Mathew Bray converted a penalty after two minutes to put Boston 3-0 ahead.

Due to the elements, Boston were forced to play and defend in their own half for long periods.

It was in an eight minute spell that Kesteven scored two tries midway through the half to secure a 12-3 lead.

At this point coach Jonker made a couple of substitutions, bringing on Herbie Laidlaw, with Dave Cotton-Betteridge coming off, and switching Marc Miles into the back row.

Despite Boston’s best attempts their final pass and execution when they got a rare opportunity in Kesteven’s twenty two did not see the team score any additional points, as they went in at the interval still trailing by nine points.

But it only took four minutes after the restart for Boston to reduce the arrears.

An inside pass from fly half Dan Halliday saw scrum half Herbie Laidlaw cross the whitewash to start the fightback. The conversion by centre Mathew Bray, cut the deficit to just two points, 10-12.

With the momentum swinging to Boston, the home side now had their ‘tails up’.

A sustained period of scrum pressure, after the Kesteven prop received a yellow card, brought its reward in the 52nd minute.

From a ruck five metres out Herbie Laidlaw, used his sniping scrum half skills to burrow over for another, converted by Mathew Bray to put Boston ahead 17-12.

Joint man of the match, number eight Jack Stokes, set up the third try. From a typical barnstorming run, his initial break then kick and chase, saw centre Bray score to extend the lead to 22-12.

Despite Kesteven scoring with the last play of the match, Boston and coach Jonker were pleased to have secured a deserved first league win.

The other joint man of the match was scrum half Herbie Laidlaw.

Boston: W Scupham, C Dowse (Capt), A Kemp. L Eldin, R Noble, D Cotton- Betteridge, S Laird, M Miles, J Stokes, D Halliday, J Andrews, M Bray J Cowern, O Balsom, T Andrews. Replacements: T Worboys, H Laidlaw, S Johnson.

l This Saturday, Boston travel to play Lincoln in the league, kick off 3pm. All support welcomed.