Boston Rugby Club settle for draw after losing early lead against Nottingham side

Jaron Cowern. EMN-151013-123107002
Jaron Cowern. EMN-151013-123107002

Boston squandered a 12 point lead to eventually come away from Nottingham Moderns with a share of the spoils, with each side scoring 18 points.

In this topsy turvy game, the visitors were dominant in the first half and yet found themselves behind with only half an hour left.

But after the referee had called the last play it was Moderns who were happy to hack the ball into touch and cling on for the draw.

From the kick-off both sets of forwards set out to impose themselves and, after winning good loose ball, a slick passing movement put Jaron Cowern loose on the right hand touchline for Boston.

He still had plenty to do as he was only just inside the Moderns half but, with space to run into, he turned on the afterburners and roasted the home defence to score under the posts. The trusty boot of Matt Bray added the conversion.

Boston were bossing the play at this stage and on the half hour another good passing movement – this time down the left flank – ended with Matt Deane getting over the whitewash to establish a 12 point cushion.

The game then took a crucial turn when powerhouse Alex Kemp had to leave the field with an injury and before Boston had reorganised themselves, Moderns had scored a quick try, leaving lots of questions about missed tackles for the visitors to answer.

Things went from bad to worse, as Boston conceded a sloppy penalty and, from being 12 points ahead as half time approached, they had seen their advantage over Moderns cut to just four at the interval.

On 50 minutes, what had seemed impossible actually happened when Boston’s previously solid line-out was in disarray and the home side scored a simple try to take the lead for the first time.

This score put new urgency into Boston who forced two penalties, duly converted by Bray, which put Boston five points clear and back into a winning position.

But Moderns were to have one more throw of the dice as they broke clear to score another try and level the scores, to set up a nail-biting final
10 minutes.

It was tense stuff but neither side could break the deadlock and, in the end, a draw was probably a fair result.

Boston: Nigel Lane, Craig Dowse, Will Scupham, Matt Deane, Lewis Eldin, Callum Lawson, Dave Cotton-Betteridge, Alex Kemp, Herbie Laidlaw, Matt Bray, Jaron Cowern, Tom Andrews, James Andrews, Chris Cook. Replacements Ian Sampson, Oliver Balsom, Paul Beard