Boston Rugby Club 23 Tupton 13: Wilson brace sees Blue and Whites go five points clear

Jack Stokes in action for Boston.
Jack Stokes in action for Boston.
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Unbeaten Boston Rugby Club extended their lead at the top of the Midlands 4 East (North) table to five points following a 23-13 win over Tupton.

The Blue and Whites were made to fight all the way by the visitors.

But victory tasted sweeter after news that second-placed rivals Worksop lost to Chesterfield, filtered through to the Boardsides.

With Skegness moving into second, Boston are now six points clear in the automatic promotion places.

The match proved to be evenly balanced and a game of contrasting styles.

Willem Jonker’s side started positively and the pattern of the afternoon would quickly be

established, with the home side looking to play attacking rugby and the visitors providing solidity and a physical presence.

Boston took the lead on four minutes after a yellow card offence for a spear tackle on winger Michael Baldwin saw Tom Brooks convert the penalty, the same player then kicking a further three points.

It was at this point that Boston’s performance became erratic, missed tackles and conceded penalties seeing the away side move into a 6-8 lead.

However, as half time approached, centre Jake Brooks made a surging run on the blindside, feeding the ball to winger Zac Chapman to score in the corner, taking Boston into an 11-8 interval lead.

The physical nature of the game saw both sides suffering injuries, Boston forced to replace back row Marc Miles (hand injury) and full back Perry Cumber (arm) with prop Gary Sergeant and winger Mark Hodgson.

Boston conceded a second try as Tupton went 11-13 ahead, but as Steve Loveley replaced Alex Kemp to add a pair of fresh legs, Boston scored 12 further points without reply.

Two well-worked line out catch-and-drives effectively won the match.

Billy Wilson touched down on both occasions, with Tom Brooks adding the final conversion.

With a growing injury list, from this and previous games, Boston will hope they have key players available in time for Saturday when they travel to play Chesterfield Panthers (KO 2.15pm).

BOSTON: Kemp, Wilson, Deamer, Stokes, Enderby, Noble, Harris, Miles, Jonker, T. Brooks, J. Brooks, Smith, Baldwin, Za Chapman, Cumber; Replacements: Doig, S. Loveley, D. Loveley, Hodgson, Sergeant.

Boston’s under 15s lost 41-18 at rivals Spalding, James Andrews (two) and Jack Power scored tries, with Matt Bray kicking a penalty.

BOSTON: Andrews, Balsom, Bray, Campbell, Chambers, Clawson, Cook, Dean-Allen, Laidlaw, Langford, McNulty, Power, Roberts, Scuffham, Stevens, Stones-Blackman, Taylor,