Blue and Whites beaten with game’s final play

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Boston Rugby Club ended their season with a narrow 17-15 defeat at home to Nottingham Moderns.

In a match of two halves, Boston were left to rue missed scoring opportunities, losing the match, with the last play of the game.

In front of a large Vice Presidents crowd, it was the visitors who started strongly, looking to avenge their opening day defeat in September.

They laid siege to Boston’s try line and the defence was breached after six minutes.

Despite playing against the strong wind, Boston looked to unleash their backs at every opportunity, with winger Michael Baldwin producing a couple of searing jinking runs.

After 15 minutes, scrum half Willem Jonker released Baldwin to score in the corner to level the scores.

Minutes later the home side extended their lead with a flowing move which started in their own half.

Centre Steve Kippax made the initial break, which saw prop Alex Kemp score the second try to lead 10-5.

Boston’s tails were up and from a line out, a well worked catch and drive saw second row Mathew Dean score their third try to move the Blue and Whites 15-5 ahead.

Despite a large share of possession, poor ball retention and handling saw Boston critically fail to add any further score in the 10 minutes before the interval.

Going into half time 15-5 ahead and with the advantage of the wind, It appeared Boston had done all the hard work.

The visitors had other ideas and would spoil the end of season party as they fought back and sealed victory with the last play of the game, when Boston were down to 14 men.

After a long season Boston finished in seventh spot in the Midlands 3 East (North).

Rugby will continue in the summer as Boston Bucanners- Boston’s Rugby League team - begin their campaign in the Midlands Premier Division on May 9.

BOSTON: Scupham, Dowse, Kemp, Dean, Eldin, Johnson, Stokes, Noble, Jonker, Andrews, Neil, Kippax, Cowern, Basham, Baldwin; Replacements: Buckberry, Halliday, Sharpe.