Boston RFC 10
Stamford College Old Boys 12
In the first round of the Lincolnshire cup, Boston suffered a narrow defeat at home to Stamford College Old Boys.
Due to player unavailability, several players were drafted into the squad to make their first team debuts for the Blue and Whites.
From the under 18s, Adam Curtis and Kyle Turley were promoted onto the bench and, returning from an five-year rest, back row Christopher Starkey was due to join them.
However, due to an injury sustained in the warm-up, he replaced back row Ross Noble.
The forwards saw the return of Adam Cocks and Ryan Cuthbertson.
Playing with the advantage of the strong wind, Boston knew that they would need to build a score to defend against in the second half.
It would, however, be the visitors who made the better start and scored a converted try after 11 minutes to move 0-7 ahead.
It would take 30 minutes before a penalty from just within the Stamford half was superbly converted by Matt Bray to narrow the deficit to 3-7.
The score seemed to galvanise the home side and for the next 10 minutes they upped their game and put pressure onto the visitors’ defence.
They were rewarded when second row Lewis Eldin finished off a move to squeeze himself over the line.
The conversion by fly half Bray extended the score to 10-7 as they entered the interval.
With the advantage of the elements in the visitors’ favour afte rthe break, that margin proved difficult to hold onto.
Within six minutes of the re-start Stamford score a converted try to move back in front 10-12.
The second half proved to a disjointed affair as injuries and a 10-minute sinbinning for hooker Craig Dowse saw players substituted and forced to switch positions.
As the clock ticked down, it would be the home side who pressurised the visitors’ defence, remaining camped in their 22 for a final eight-minute attack.
However, they were unable to convert this pressure into points.
On Saturday, Boston return to Midlands 4 East (North) action, travelling to Worksop.
BOSTON: Cock, Dowse, Lane, Eldin, Coley, Cuthbertson, Starkey, Hough, McNulty, Bray, Woods, Cotton-Betteridge, Cowern, Cook, Stainfield; Replacements: Curtis, Turley, Noble, Scott, Borley.