BOSTON RFC 10 MELTON MOWBRAY 10: Blue and Whites halt the leaders

Jaron Cowern.
Jaron Cowern.

In a performance full of grit and determination, Boston ended Melton Mowbray’s winning run with a hard-earned and deserved draw at the Boardsides.

Before Saturday’s contest the Midlands 3 East (North) table toppers had won all 10 of their contests.

But the Blue and Whites became the first side to take points from them in deserved style.

Coach Willem Jonker welcomed Ross Noble and Marc Miles back the back row, with Michael Baldwin returning to the wing.

On a heavy pitch, Melton started the match by dominating possession and scoring the first try after six minutes from a well-executed driving maul five metres from the line.

It would take 15 minutes before Boston actually ventured into Melton’s half, to quickly see prop Will Scupham given a yellow card for an infringement in the loose, reducing Boston to 14 players.

Shortly after, despite a double tackle by second row Lewis Eldin and winger Jaron Cowern, they failed to stop Melton scoring their second try in the corner after 25 minutes to lead 0-10.

The game would be 34 minutes old before Boston scored their first points.

A missed kick to touch saw Cowern pick up the ball 30 yards out and using his speed to outpace several defenders to score in the corner, reducing the deficit to 5-10.

Buoyed by this score, Boston produced the try of the game as they produced flowing possession, moving blind then open to see full back John Stansfield cross the whitewash to level the scores at 10-10 minutes before half time.

For most of the second half neither side threatened to score - but in the final 10 minutes Melton raised the tempo and found themselves in attacking positions five metres from Boston’s line.

Resolute defending saw Boston repel their attacks and earn a deserved two league points.

Boston’s man of the match was prop Alex Kemp.

On Saturday, Boston entertain Sleaford (KO 2.15pm).

BOSTON: Scupham, Dowse, Kemp, Dean, Eldin, Miles, Noble, Stokes, Jonker, Andrews, Brooks, Neil, Baldwin, Cowern, Stansfield; Replacements: Lane, Beard.