A 15-minute spell rife with a loss of discipline, injuries, a yellow card and three tries saw Boston Rugby Club lose 33-12 at rivals Lincoln.
For this fixture, coach Willem Jonker welcomed Billy Wilson into the back row and gave a First XV debut to George Hayward in the centre.
Lincoln started strongly and led 3-0 from an early penalty.
The returning Wilson was proving lively in the loose and, from a surging run on the half way line, the Blue and Whites secured a scrum on Lincoln’s 22.
Boston’s scrum was solid and, as the ball was transferred down the back, full back Tom Andrews came into the line to score in the corner, Boston leading 5-3.
With 21 minutes gone, Boston’s Dave Cotton-Betteridge was forced to retire, replaced by Will Sharpe.
A try on the blind side saw Lincoln re-take the lead, but Boston responded by Craig Dowse bulldozing his way over the line following a tap penalty and Tom Brooks converting.
But in an amazing ding-dong first half, Lincoln scored straight from the re-start to lead 13-12 at the break.
The second half would not go as well for Boston as the team suffered injuries and a yellow card for Tom Brooks, disrupting their defensive line and seeing Lincoln score a further 20 points without reply.
The result saw Lincoln move up to second in the Midlands 3 East (North) while Boston remain in sixth.
BOSTON: Kemp, Dowse, Deamer, Enderby, Eldin, Moore, Cotton-Betteridge, Wilson, Lomas, Baldwin, T. Brooks, Haywood, Smith, Hodgson, Andrew; Replacements; Johnson, Sharpe, Buckberry.