Loveley stuff! Vet Steve scores a vital try for Boston RFC

Steve Loveley touches down. Photo: David Dales.
Steve Loveley touches down. Photo: David Dales.

Midlands 4 East (North)

Boston RFC 20

Amber Valley 5

Boston Rugby Club secured their first league win of the season in a match which saw the veteran back row Steven Loveley come out of retirement and score a vital try before half time to lay the foundations for their victory.

The squad welcomed back a number of senior players in the forwards - Jo Deamer, Dave Cotton-Betteridge and Ross Noble - and backs - Callum McNulty, John Neal and James Richardson.

Playing against the strong wind, the opening quarter proved to be a scrappy affair.

Craig Dowse and Alex Hough made a number of strong runs into the Amber Valley defence, however the score board remained inactive.

After 20 minutes captain Alex Hough was forced to leave the pitch to be Loveley.

On thirty 35 minutes, fly half Mathew Bray converted a penalty to open the scoring.

With minutes remaining of the first half, Boston found themselves five metres from the Amber Valley line.

From a solid scrum, number eight Loveley picked up and drove himself over the line.

With the advantage of the elements, Boston made the perfect start to the second half, George Stansfield outpacing the opposition winger to score.

The try was converted by Bray to move Boston 15-0 in front.

On 55 minutes Neil was sin binned.

Despite this, Boston did not concede any points.

At this stage, coach Grev Bray made a number of substitutions, bringing on Matt Keighley and George Baldwin.

Boston secured victory when winger James Richardson scored their third try, allowing the home side to close out the match.

The visitors scoring a late consolation try before the final whistle.

On Saturday Boston return to cup action, playing in the first round of the Lincolnshire Cup competition at home against Stamford College Old Boys (KO 3pm).

BOSTON: Lane, Dowse, Deamer, Eldin, Coley, Noble, Cotton-Betteridge, Hough, McNulty, Cowern, Kippax, Neal, Richardson, Richardson, Stansfield; Replacements: Loveley, Baldwin, Keightley.

Boston Development 55

Horncastle 3

Boston Rugby Club’s Development XV got their season off to a winning start with a 55-3 defeat of Horncastle.

With a team made up of mostly under 18 players, a number of senior debuts were well supported by the experience of players such as captain Paul Beard, coach Simon Cook and also Steve Brogan.

Beard scored two tries with Adam Hardstaff, Tom Hobbs, Dave Abell, Toby Scott, Joe Langford, Josh Abrahams and Josh Cook touching down.

Cook kicked a conversion while the remaining points came off the boot of Hobbs.

BOSTON: Abell, Abrams, Araujo, Baldam, Beard, Brogan, Clark, J. Cook, S. Cook, Curtis, Gray, Hall, Hardstaff, Harmston, Hobbs, Langford, Moody, Phoenix, Richardson, Scott, Stones-Blackman, Taylor, Turley, Williams.