Midlands 4 East (North)
Boston RFC 20 Ollerton 12
In a hard-fought encounter, Boston Rugby Club continued their winning ways by digging deep to overcome Ollerton.
But the tight nature of the contest meant the result wasn’t wasn’t decided until the final five minutes, writes John Fletcher.
For the spectators watching on an overcast and damp day, the conditions would prove a factor in how Boston performed, in what the squad realised was a disjointed performance.
There were few real highlights to reflect on.
However, winning ugly in sport and gaining four league points would be taken on this occasion.
Playing against the wind in the first half, the only highlights to report would be a try by hooker Paul Beard on 15 minutes, from a well-executed line out catch and drive five metres from the Ollerton try line.
The second a fine line break from captain Lewis Eldin, whose pace nearly out ran the visitors defence, only to be hauled yards from the try line.
Whilst Boston throughout this encounter would be dominant in the scrum, handling, infringements in the loose and missed try scoring opportunities would see Boston enter half time 5-0 in front, down to 14 men as fullback John Hummel was yellow carded for a high tackle.
Dave Cotton-Betteridge, standing in for head coach Ashley Coates, made one change at half time, bringing on Rob Borley for Sam Gray at scrum half.
Boston were now playing with the wind and, after six minutes, extended their advantage when, from a line out inside the Ollerton twenty two, Eldin showed good speed and power to drive over the line to extend the score to 10-0.
A second yellow card saw Beard take a 10-minute rest and, during this period, despite a defending well, Ollerton scored a converted try to move within three points.
Centre Charles Hughes made an impressive break which, with inter-changes in passing from Hough and Eldin, saw Hughes go over to record his debut try for the first team.
Matthew Bray converted to make it 17-7.
A second Ollerton try saw the gap close to 17-12 and, with five minutes remaining, it was game on.
A well-taken penalty by Bray made the last few minutes a more comfortable experience to see out a second successive victory.
Boston’s man of the match was Eldin (sponsored by MH Developments).
BOSTON: Hough, Beard, Graves, Coley, Sharp, Kippax, Fowler, Eldin, Gray, Bray, Hughes, Wilson, Cowern, Turley, Hummel; Replacements: Buckberry, Lane, Hall, Hobbs, Borley.
On Saturday Boston entertain Amber Valley at home (KO 2.15 pm). All support is welcome.