It was a game for purists

Will Scupham.
Will Scupham.

Midlands 3 East (North)

Boston RFC 3

Chesterfield 15

On a cold and windy day the match against Chesterfield, who lie in third place in the Midlands 3 East (North), would turn out to be a game for the rugby purists, as both sets of forwards enjoyed an arm wrestle.

Facing a strong Chesterfield pack, Boston knew that they would have their work cut out and this would prove to be the case, in both set piece and loose play.

Playing with the elements in the first half, they made the perfect start as Will Scupham slotted home a penalty after only four minutes of play.

After 12 minutes number eight Alex Kemp was forced to retire, adding to the home side’s injury list, replaced by Leo Monteiro.

Despite getting into good positions, Boston were unable to build a sufficient lead to defend, as they entered half time 3-0 ahead, and facing the strong wind in the second half.

It would take Chesterfield only five minutes before a penalty levelled the scores and 10 minutes later their constant pressure inside the 22 eventually saw Boston’s resolute defence breached as the away side moved 3-10 ahead.

It would have been easy for Boston’s heads to drop but they showed great spirit and determination to defend their line heroically and only concede one more try.

On Saturday Boston travel to face Grimsby (KO 2.15pm).

BOSTON: Lane, Dowse, Scupham, Eldin, Noble, Cotton-Betteridge, Lawson, Kemp, Laidlaw, Miles, Roberts, Andrews, Cowern, Paul, Cooke; Replacement: Monteiro.