Boston Rugby Club 36 Nottinghamians 19: Blue and Whites back on top of the Midlands 4

Billy Wilson in action for Boston.
Billy Wilson in action for Boston.

Boston Rugby Club moved back to top spot of the Midlands 4 East (North) table following a 36-19 victory over Nottinghamians.

The Blue and Whites regained first place at the expense of derby rivals Skegness, who they now face in a crunch clash on Saturday.

Boston were not firing on all cylinders at the Boardsides on Saturday, but they stretched their 100 per cent record to 12 matches.

In a typical post-Christmas game, Boston ground out a first win and bonus point, despite a number of unavailabilities.

Boston took the lead through fly half Tom Brooks’ try after just seven minutes, surging over the whitewash.

A feature of the game would be Boston’s loss of concentration at key moments, and straight from the re-start the visitors drew level.

After the injured Zeph Chapman was replaced by Dave Loveley, Willem Jonker’s side regained the lead.

Number eight Sean Hughes stretched over to score before Brooks converted.

But a speculative kick-and-chase resulted in the visitors’ second try, levelling with the conversion.

However, the Blue and Whites then scored twice to put daylight between them and their opponents.

From a classic line-out catch and drive, Marc Miles touched down.

Deep into injury time, Jo Deamer took possession from a second successive tap penalty to steam roller over the line.

Brooks converted for a comfortable 24-12 lead.

The home side made a dream start to the second half when Deamer made a strong surging run from 15 metres out to score his second.

Yet again, Boston allowed Nottinghamians to score, reducing the arrears to 29-19.

In what would be a scrappy next 25 minutes, Brooks had the final say.

He recorded the side’s sixth try before converting for a 36-19 success.

Boston are now top on points difference, with a game in hand on Skegness.

BOSTON: Lane, Seargeant, Deamer, Enderby, Doig, Miles, Hughes, Wilson, Baldwin, Jonker, T. Brooks, Ze Chapman, J. Brooks, Smith, Za Chapman; Replacements: Cross, S. Loveley, D. Loveley.