Blue and Whites defeated

Will Scupham.
Will Scupham.

Boston Rugby Club’s worst performance of the season condemned the home side to a 10-7 defeat.

With several key players out through injury an unfamiliar line-up resulted in a poor display that was littered with handling errors and poor decision making in this Midlands 3 East (North) clash.

Squally weather conditions did little to help Boston’s cause as their usual running game through the backs was disrupted and the visiting forwards were able to dominate the contest.

But the match could have finished quite differently as Boston won penalty after penalty as they camped on the visitor’s line in the dying minutes but each time opted to kick for position to score a try rather than kick for goal.

Ayleston went ahead after 20 minutes when they scored a converted try in the corner and went in 10-0 in front when they added a further penalty.

Early in the second half Boston cut the arrears when Will Scupham produced the only real moment of flair in the game as he jinked past three defenders before crossing the try line. Dan Halliday provided the conversion.

For the rest of the game Boston promised much but produced little as they either missed passes or made handling errors from very promising positions.

A big improvement is required for the visit to Belper on Saturday.

BOSTON: Beard, Dowse, Scupham, Eldin, Costa, Cotton-Betteridge, Noble, Miles, Laidlaw, Halliday, Balsom, T. Andrews, J. Andrews, Cowern, Neal; Replacements: Roberts, Paul, Lawson.