Red card is key as 1sts maintain ‘perfect’ start

BOSTON 1st XV 61 KEYWORTH 1st XV 15

By John Fletcher

BOSTON maintained their 100 per cent league record with a nine-try demolition of third placed Keyworth.

With three players scoring a brace of tries, man of the match Billy Wilson, fly half Darren Barratt and full back Travis Cross, the final score belies this evenly matched contest until a red card incident in the 50th minute of the match saw the pendulum swing in the home side’s favour.

For coach Willem Jonker the opposition forwards created a number of challenges for the home pack and in particular two key areas, the scrum and lineout.

Despite the home side making a perfect start with barely two minutes on the score board when second row Jason Pedley romped over from five metres out.

The conversion by centre Tom Brooks took Boston into a 7-0 lead but the pressure on the home pack was beginning to show.

The Keyworth scrum was dominant and a mis-firing lineout saw the home side struggling to gain any effective first phase possession. It was therefore not a surprise to see the visitors score their first try on 15 minutes through a forwards drive, to take the score to 7-5.

Midway through the first half Jonker was forced to make a number of tactical changes to attempt to combat the visitor’s superiority. Alex Kemp was brought on to replace Nigel Lane in the front row and Lee Van Haren, back row came on for hooker Alan Phoenix, with Billy Wilson moving back into the front row.

Shortly after, Boston’s second try was recorded by fly half Barratt, after a strong run and off load by number eight Steve Loveley, the conversion by Brooks took the blue and whites 14–5 ahead.

The pattern of the match was being quickly established, Boston would score two further tries by winger Perry Cumber and Barratt (both converted by Brooks) only for Keyworth to counter with two well worked line out catch and drives to see the sides eventually go into an extended first half interval with Boston 28-15 in front.

At this stage, with Keyworth having the advantage of the wind in the second half, the home supporters were aware the game was still evenly balanced. Would their slender 13 point lead be sufficient?

The match turned in the 50th minute when the red carding of a Keyworth player was ruthlessly exploited by the home team, who used the ball intelligently with width and pace.

In the space of eight minutes they recorded three tries, through centre Steve Bourne producing a strong solo run from inside the 22 and a brace by fullback. Two of the tries were converted by Brooks to see Boston take a commanding 47-15 lead.

In a truncated second half, Boston would add two further tries, a brace by Wilson, to record a 61–14 victory. Centre Brooks ended with a personal tally of 16 points.

The firsts, sponsored by Sills and Betteridge, do not have a fixture next Saturday.

The week after they travel to play Cresswell Crusaders in the league, looking to maintain their impressive league form.

Boston: N Lane, A Phoneix, J Deamer, J Pedley, D Allen, R Noble, S Loveley, B Wilson, M Miles, D Barratt, P Cumber, S Bourne, T Brooks, M Baldwin, T Cross. Replacements: L Van Haren, A Hart, W Barnett, L Eldin, A Kemp.

l The scheduled Development team’s home match against Kesteven was cancelled late on Saturday morning. Next week they entertain Scunthorpe 5th (home) KO 2.15pm. This precedes the club’s firework display (gates open 6pm - fireworks start at 7.30pm).

Midlands 5 East (North)

Pld W D L F A Diff BonPts Pts

BOSTON 4 4 0 0 229 33 196 4 20

Meden Vale 4 4 0 0 113 61 52 4 20

Keyworth 4 2 1 1 157 121 36 3 13

Castle Donington 4 2 0 2 72 89 -17 1 10

Ollerton 4 1 1 2 99 192 -93 3 9

Creswell Crusaders 4 1 0 3 40 116 -76 0 4

University Of Derby 3 0 0 3 24 46 -22 1 1

Rolls Royce 3 0 0 3 29 105 -76 0 0