Buccs’ final countdown

Final countdown! Michael Baldwin in action for the Buccaneers. Photo: David Dales.
Final countdown! Michael Baldwin in action for the Buccaneers. Photo: David Dales.

The Boston Buccaneers are looking to end their first-ever season with some silverware.

They will travel to face the Buxton Bulls on Saturday in the Midlands Merit League final.

Reaching the final is a fine way for Lincolnshire’s only Rugby League side to end their campaign, even if the season has not quite panned out as expected.

“To reach a final in our first season is a fantastic achievement,” said manager Mark Cleaver.

“We’re quietly confident. Everyone is looking forward to the match.”

The final is played by the two teams with the best records in the league.

Buxton have won all nine of their matches while the Buccaneers also have a 100 per cent record, winning both their contests.

With teams such as Northampton and Derby withdrawing from the league early on, Boston’s debut season has not seen the team take part in as many competitive matches as hoped.

Also, with the opponents folding mid-campaign, the Buccs have struggled to attract friendly matches at the Boardsides due to other teams’ full fixture lists.

However, Cleaver believes that firm foundations have been built for further seasons.

He added: “We have a side which includes experienced players and players from Boston Rugby Club who are trying out Rugby League for the first time.

“They range in age from 16, which is the youngest age you can play Rugby League, to 40.

“But we’ve got a good mixture and we plan to keep improving.”
The Buccaneers are also hoping to create a partnership with RAF Coningsby in a bid to bring in new players.

There are also suggestions that the Boston team may make the step up to a newly-formed Midlands Division One, which would offer a more solid league structure.

Kick off at Buxton on Saturday will be at 3pm.