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The BUccaneers prior to kick off.
The BUccaneers prior to kick off.

The Boston Buccaneers got back to winning ways with a 50-32 victory at Leicester Storm in the Midland Premier Division.

After three weeks without a game, the Buccaneers blew away the cobwebs against an experienced opposition.

Due to many players having other commitments, coach Mark Bean only had 15 players available for selection, handing out debuts to Luke Exelby and James Andrews.

With half of the Boston team aged under 20, the plan was always to use speed to their advantage.

The travelling supporters were not disappointed as Boston ran in nine tries.

Man of the match John Stanfield’s personal tally was an impressive 26 points.

The Buccaneers opened the scoring after seven minutes when Boston’s speed demon Jaron Cowern raced to the first of his three tries.

A couple of minutes later Stanfield put in a lovely grubber kick that bounced straight into the hands of Ben Woolaston, the Buccaneers player scoring under the posts.

Of the unsung forwards, Sam Johnson and Steve Kippax made hard yards in the middle of the park, but it was always going to be a day for the backs on this fast pitch.

It wasn’t long before the Buccaneers extended their lead when Stanfield exploited a gap in the defence to score in the corner.

However, the under-strength Leicester outfit soon bounced back, scoring three tries.

However, the fianl try of the half came from Boston fullback Jordan Cleaver, who stepped inside the covering defender, bringing the half time score to 22-20 in the away side’s favour.

The second half started slowly for the Buccaneers, with the Storm capitalising on penalties and going into a 30-22 lead.

Captain Craig Dowse soon rallied and settled his players, which led to the last 30 minutes remaining secure in the hands of the Buccaneers with 30 unanswered points.

After stepping out of a tackle, Cowern produced another trademark 75-metre sprint down the sideline to score under the posts.

He had barely got his breath back before he was scoring again after an offload from influential half-back Tom Andrews.

The tiring Leicester Squad was given no leeway as the Buccaneers’ young guns gained in confidence through great handwork and slick moves.

Both Exelby and James Andrews were unlucky not to score on their debuts.

With 10 minutes to go, centre Michael Baldwin powered over the line after vital field position was secured by forwards Jim Dearing and Dowse.

The closing try of the game came from an outstanding solo effort by Stanfield.

After some great footballing skills the ball rolled over the Storm’s try line.

Boston return to action on Saturday, entertaining Sherwood Wolf Hunt at the Boardsides (KO 2.30pm).

BOSTON: J. Stanfield, Cowern, M. Baldwin, T. Andrews, Dowse, Johnson, Dearing, Thompson, G. Baldwin, J. Stanfield snr, Cleaver, Kippax, Woollaston, J. Andrews, Exelby.