Late try crushes Blue and Whites’ Plate hopes

Jarron Cowern. Photo: David Dales.

Jarron Cowern. Photo: David Dales.

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NLD Plate

North Kesteven 20

Boston RFC 11

The final quarter of an evenly-fought contest would prove to be Boston’s downfall as they conceded a late try in this second round away tie of the Nottingham, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Plate.

The Blue and Whites squad has been promoting the talented youth section this season, and debuts were handed to Sam Gray (scrum half) and Tom Hobbs (centre).

The forwards welcomed the return of Joe Deamer (prop) and George Sharp (second row).

The first half saw Boston spend long periods in their own half, as North Kesteven looked to spin the ball wide at every opportunity.

Only resolute defending and poor handling from the hosts prevented them from scoring.

On the occasions that Boston did gain a foothold, they did manage to come away with some points as Matthew Bray converted two penalties from the 10 metre line to take Boston into a 0-6 lead.

They managed to defend this despite being put under a five-minute spell of intense pressure just before half time.

A yellow card offence by back row Ryan Cuthbertson meant Boston would begin the second half with 14 players.

The second half proved to a disjointed affair as both sides played a fast and loose game.

Bray narrowly failed to convert a penalty to move Boston further ahead after five minutes.

With North Kesteven scoring shortly after, to narrow the deficit to 5-6, it would take another 20 minutes of play before the home side eventually took the lead with a try and penalty to move 15-6 ahead after 30 minutes.

The match was still in the balance with 10 minutes remaining, and when winger Jarron Cowern finished off a well worked move to score in the corner to see the score board move to 15-11 it gave the away supporters hope of a come back.

However, Boston lost their shape and a final try conceded just before the final whistle saw the score end 20-11.

On Saturday, Boston return to league action, entertaining second-placed Long Eaton in Midlands 4 action at the Princess Royal Sports Arena (KO 2.30pm).

The Development side travel to play Gainsborough seconds.

BOSTON: Hough, Dowse, Deamer, Sharp, Coley, Cuthbertson, Noble, Eldin, Gray, Kippax, Bray, Hobbs, Moody, Cowern, Stainfield; Replacements: Phoenix, Turley, Cocks, Able.