Boston Buccaneers put in a dominant nine-try performance to defeat fellow Midland Premier League newcomers Sherwood Wolfhunt 48-12.
The hosts were on the scoreboard within four minutes when Daniel Mackie offloaded to winger Michael Baldwin, who outpaced the Wolfhunt defenders to score.
Barely two minutes later the Buccaneers were on the scoreboard again when Tom Andrews scored under the posts after man of the match Scott Brown and Craig Dowse had made great gains.
Despite the Wolfhunt’s physicality, the well-disciplined Buccs stuck to their game plan and refused to be intimidated.
The forwards smashed the ball into the Wolfhunt’s defenders time after time with Sam Johnson, Ben Woollaston, Stephen Kippax and Brown being particularly effective.
The Wolfhunt used their bigger forwards in an attempt to breakdown the Buccannners’ defensive line, but it held strong only allowing one try in the first half.
The final 10 minutes of the first half saw the Buccaneers run in three further tries from Baldwin, John Stanfield and Woollaston, all converted by Matt Bray.
The half ended with the Buccaneers in control at 24-6.
The second half started brightly for Boston with Stanfield scoring his second try after great work from Alexandros Ioannou.
The frustration now started to show in the Wolfhunt ranks and it wasn’t long before the referee handed out some yellow cards.
Boston seized upon the depleted Wolfhunt ranks and scored two quick tries, Stanfield’s third and Craig Dowse diving over to join him on the scoreboard.
Wolfhunt did score a late consolation try but the Buccaneers had the last word when Dowse crossed the line on the stroke of full time to end the game 48-12.
Boston entertain Derby City at the Boardsides on Saturday (KO 2.30pm).
BOSTON: J. Stanfield jnr, Cowern, M. Baldwin, T. Andrews, Dowse, Johnson, Dearing, Thompson, G. Baldwin, J. Stanfield Snr, Kippax, Woollaston, J. Andrews, Brown, Exelby, Mackie, Howlett, Davies, Ioannou, Bray.
Michael Baldwin is pictured scoring a try.