Making history: Boston Buccaneers win their first competitive game at Derby City

Ed Horwell
Ed Horwell

Coaching duo Tony Holmes and Mark Bean together with the influential captain Marc Miles were the architects of Boston Buccaneers 48-14 win at Derby City.

The Boston side were desperate to put all their hard work off the field into practice with this their first ever competitive league game.

The Buccaneers started brightly with some slick handling sending David Beever over in the corner.

The Buccaneers were then forced to soak up some Derby pressure until finally the opponents touched down under the posts, with the successful conversion the home team led 6-4.

Great defensive work by Marc Miles, Jim Dearing and Will Scupham snuffed out much of the Derby attack as the Buccaneers pressed for the go ahead score.

Jim Dearing ran a great line and looked as though he’d scored only for it to be judged short of the line. Buccaneers persistence was soon rewarded when John Stanfield chased his own kick to score he followed up by kicking the conversion.

From the restart fullback James Hartley out sprinted the Derby defenders to score in the corner. It looked as though Boston were going to go in at half time with a 14 - 6 lead however strong running from the Derby forwards resulted in a score on the half time whistle to leave it 14 - 10 to Boston.

The coaches made several changes at half time which paid dividends instantly.

The Buccaneers came out quickly running great lines and tackling fiercely. Tom Andrews burst through the middle of the Derby line and offloaded to the galloping Mattie Ashton who run 40 metres to score under the posts. Within a couple of minutes Lee Davies was rewarded for his tireless work with a well taken try.

Derby looked as though were tiring and we’re having to defend for large periods.

The Buccaneers back line were not about to take it easy and were ruthless in attack through David Beever, David Cotton-Betteridge and Aaron Evison.

Another great break saw Tom Andrews dance past defenders and cut inside to score under the posts.

Not to be out done, the forwards got involved in scoring in the shape of Ed ‘doc’ Horwell who simply refused to be stopped by numerous Derby defenders as he powered to the try line from 30 metres out.

Buccaneers were firmly in control by now but still pressed their advantage home. Some great speed down the sideline was shown by Sinclair ‘kiwi’ McGaffin who scored under the posts.

The final Buccaneers try was from John Stanfield with the conversion from Will Scupham.

The 48-14 win has provided the perfect platform to kick start the season.

Team: Marc Miles (C), James Hartley, Sinclair ‘kiwi’ McGaffin, Gary Booth, Dave Cotton-Betteridge, Michael Baldwin, George Baldwin, Will Scupham, Craig Dowse, Tom Andrews, John Stanfield, Ed ‘doc’ Horwell, Thomas Howlett, Jim Dearing, Sam Johnson, Dave Beever, Mattie Ashton, Lee Davies, Liam Atkins, Aaron Evison, James Elsworth