Skegness 22 Boston Rugby Club 22: Jonker’s men fight back from 17-0 down to earn draw

Will Scupham gets some close attention. Photo: David Dales.
Will Scupham gets some close attention. Photo: David Dales.

In an epic and enthralling derby encounter, honours were even as Boston Rugby Club and Skegness fought out a 22-22 draw.

It was a match that had both sets of spectators on the edge of their seats, but Boston should be the happier as they came from 17-0 down to snatch a share of the spoils.

For Boston, unavailabilities and late injuries saw a number of enforced changes.

Skegness took a 17th-minute lead following a clear break from a scrum, and by the half hour mark they had scored three tries - one of which was converted - to move 17-0 in front.

But Boston found their rhythm and scored two tries to narrow the deficit at the interval.

The first came from a five-metre scrum when back row Johnson seized on a loose ball to score.

The second saw second row Ben Enderby sprint through a gap in the home defence to give Boston renewed hope.

With both ties converted by Tom Brooks, Skegness’ lead was pulled back to 17-14.

At half time Boston made one change, bringing on Alex Kemp.

Nine minutes after the break, Boston had Will Scupham - who recently joined from Skegness - was red-carded following a melee.

Brooks kicked a penalty to bring Boston level before the hosts regained the lead with a try that was due to missed tackles.

But Willem Jonker’s side weren’t out of the contest and Joe Deamer had the last say, touching down to bring the scores level.

On Saturday, Boston entertain Worksop in the Nottingham, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Shield (KO 2.15 pm).

There will be a President’s match at 10.30am o Sunday, prior to the President’s Cocktail Party, which commences at noon.

BOSTON: Buckberry, Moore, Deamer, Enderby, Eldin, Johnson, Cotton, Betteridge, Scupham, Jonker, T. Brooks, Hodgson, Barnett, Hodgson, Smith, Cross, Andrews; Replacements: Kemp, Baldwin, Cowan.

Boston’s Development XV suffered a 43-13 defeat at the Boardsides, with Perry Cumber and Zac Chapman scoring tries.