The Boston Buccaneers have booked their place in the Midland Premier League’s Plate final.
The Buccs will end their debut season in the division with a contest against Sherwood Wolfhunt in Mansfield on Saturday (KO 1pm), after defeating Derby City 58-20 at the Boardsides on Saturday.
Home fans saw a dominant 11-try performance from the Boston outfit, despite things not starting well.
The hosts were behind after only three minutes thanks to some lacklustre defending.
However, after some encouraging words from captain Craig Dowse, the Buccaneers started to play to their gameplan.
After driving down field with punishing runs from Stephen Kippax and Tom Duerden, hooker John Stanfield snr dived under defenders from short range to draw the teams level.
From the re-start Boston made great yards through David Beever, Sam Johnson and scrum half John Stanfield, but it was Daniel Mackie’s great offload that set up talismanic second rower Jim Dearing to score.
The Buccaneers were now on a roll and it wasn’t long before stand off Mackie exploited a weakness in the Derby defence to score under the posts.
It looked to be all going Boston’s way until a penalty gave Derby great field position following a rare missed tackle, allowing a clear run for a try to be scored.
Centre Michael Baldwin, who had been dominant in defence, now joined the attack and after some great link play with Mackie and Stanfield he sidestepped his way over the line.
It was all one-way traffic now and only silly mistakes and penalties prevented more scoring.
Prop Duerden showed his strength by powering over the try line from 10 metres out, brushing defenders aside as he went.
The final score of the half came from a great pass by Cory Stobart to give Mackie his hat-trick and bring the score to 36-10 at half time.
Fullback Tom Andrews received the second half kick and made good ground before being tackled.
Stanfield saw a half chance and in a trademark move broke the Derby line sprinting 80 metres to score under the posts.
The Buccaneers seemed to take their foot off the gas and errors started creeping into their game.
Derby, who were now down to 13 players due to injuries, exploited this and added two quick tries.
Boston regrouped and brought on fresh legs, props Will Scupham and Jasper Frost made Derby’s life uncomfortable with their powerful running.
Centre David Cotton-Betteridge made the hard yards, taking over from Baldwin who left the field with a shoulder injury.
Fellow centre Beever made a surging 40 metre run before being tackled short of the try line, but Stanfield scored his second after being set up by Cory Stobart.
The final 10 minutes saw the constant Buccaneer pressure being rewarded when Stanfield snr sneaked through the tiring Derby defence to dive over the line for his second try.
Prop Will Scupham bowled over the line in the last minute to end the scoring.
BUCCS: Dowse, J.W. Stanfield, Beever, Mackie, T. Andrews, J. Andrews, Stobart, Duerden, Johnson, Howlett, Cowern, Frost, Baldwin, Dearing, Cotton-Betteridge, Baldwin, Scupham, Piggins, Kippax, J. Stanfield.