Cleethorpes 0 Boston Rugby Club 20! Doig inspires Blue and Whites to within touching distance of league title

Tom Brooks scored Boston's final try.
Tom Brooks scored Boston's final try.

Boston tightened their grip on the Midlands 4 East (North) league title with a convincing victory over county rivals Cleethorpes.

The wet and cold conditions favoured the more physical seasiders, but Boston dominated play throughout, writes John Fletcher.

The Blue and Whites began the game without the influential Marc Miles, who was in hospital waiting for an appendix operation, but they were able to welcome back speedy full back Travis Cross after a long illness.

Boston enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, and this pattern continued when Sean Hughes had to spend 10 minutes in the sin bin for a technical offence.

Cleethorpes hardly entered the Boston half during the first period and, despite two disallowed tries, the home side went ahead when Tom Brooks chipped the ball through and Zeph Chapman was on hand to touch down.

Ross Noble produced a defence-splitting pass for Michael Baldwin to cross the whitewash and double the advantage.

After the break, the home side seemed to take their foot off the gas and they were grateful for the determination and guile of man-of-the-match Kenny Doig, who rolled back the years as he drove his side on, not only to secure the win but also pick-up a much needed bonus point.

This became even more valuable when news came through that top-of-the-table rivals Skegness and Worksop had both lost.

With 15 minutes to go, Boston were awarded a penalty under the posts.

Coach Willem Jonker took the brave decision to spurn the three points on offer and took a quick tap to Noble. who barged over to score.

Tom Brooks saw all four conversion attempts go wide of the posts on a difficult day for kicking, but he did manage to get onto the scoresheet.

A sweeping passing movement - which has been Boston’s trademark this season - ended with him diving over to take his team 20 points clear.

BOSTON SQUAD: Cross, Za Chapman, Baldwin, J. Brooks, T. Brooks, Ze Chapman, Cumber, Kemp, Wilson, Deamer, Enderby, K. Doig, Stokes, Noble, Hughes,Sargeant, Lloyd, Keightley, Jonker.