BOSTON RUGBY CLUB 7 SOUTHWELL 5: Another upset courtesy of the Blue and Whites

Dan Halliday.
Dan Halliday.

Boston Rugby Club continue to ruffle feathers at the top of the Midlands 3 East (North).

This week Dan Halliday’s try and a conversion from the boot of Will Scupham saw them earn a narrow 7-5 victory over second-placed Southwell.

The strong wind would prove to be a major influence on the game, and it was the Blue and Whites who adapted best to claim the victory.

Coach Willem Jonker was forced to reshuffle his team due to player unavilability, moving Alex Kemp into the back row and bringing in Johnny Neal to partner Tom Andrews in the centre.

Colts player Olli Balsom was drafted in and made his league debut.

Starting against the strong cross wind, the pattern of play was soon established as Boston spent long periods entrenched in their own 22o, managing only rare forays into the Southwell half.

Boston lost back row Marc Miles after 20 minutes, replaced by Joe Deamer.

Southwell breached the Boston back line five minutes before the interval, creating an overlap to score in the corner.

The second half became a mirror of the first, this time with Boston in the ascendency.

An ankle tap stopped Michael Baldwin five metres short before Kemp was held up over the line and Jaron Cowern had a foot in touch as he went over the whitewash.

But in the 75th minute the hosts snatched victory as fly half Dan Halliday forced his way over from five metres out to level, Scupham kicking between the posts for victory.

Boston entertain Chesterfield on Saturday (KO 2.15 pm).

BOSTON: Johnson, Dowse, Dean, Eldin, Miles, Noble, Scupham, Kemp, Jonker, Halliday, Baldwin, Andrews, Neal, Cowern, Stansfield; Replacements: Deamer, Buckberry, Balsom.