MELLISH 12 BOSTON RFC 42: Eldin grabs a hat-trick and Hodgson says goodbye in style

Mark Hodgson. Photo: David Dales.
Mark Hodgson. Photo: David Dales.

Boston Rugby Club earned an impressive away victory at Mellish - scoring seven tries and claiming the maximum five league points.

Following last week’s break from Midlands 3 East (North) action, the Blue and Whites bounced back from their defeat to Lincoln with a 42-12 win at Mellish.

The match had a number of personal highlights for the team.

Second row Lewis Eldin recorded a hat trick, skipper Craig Dowse grabbed a rare try and, in his last outing for the club, centre Mark Hodgson fittingly scored the final try of the game.

Player unavailability gave both captain Dowse and coach Willem Jonker some concerns before kick off.

The evergreen Nigel Lane answered the call to play in the front row, with Joe Deamer moving to second row and Jake Brooks slotting into the back row.

Despite having the lion’s share of early possession, Boston remained camped in their own half.

But a rare foray into Mellish’s half soon brought it’s reward as fly half Tom Andrews converted a penalty.

A feature of the encounter would be Boston having three players yellow carded, Andrews the first to be sin binned on 20 minutes.

Mellish sensed this was an ideal opportunity to convert their pressure into points.

Boston resolutely defended their lines and, from one failed attack, Brooks broke to bring play into the home half.

Boston quickly regained possession, ending in Brooks diving over in the corner to record the first try.

Five minutes later a well worked line catch and drive saw Boston’s pack drive 30 yards upfield, ending with centre Dan Halliday scoring, moving the score to 15-0 on 30 minutes.

Alex Kemp was the second Boston player to see yellow on 35 minutes.

The remaining five minutes of the half saw Boston score two tries, through Eldin and Dowse.

The second of those tries was converted by Andrews to see Boston enter half time 27-0 ahead.

Within five minutes of the re-start a line out catch and drive saw Eldin record his second in the corner.

He completed his hat trick on the hour from a near-identical move.

Lane was Boston’s third player into the sin bin on 68 minutes, before Mellish scored two quick tries to reduce the arrears to 37-12.

Boston did score one last try through centre Hodgson to close out the match.

Boston host league leaders Melton Mowbray on Saturday (KO 2.15pm).

The following week they make the short journey to face derby rivals Sleaford, again a 2.15pm kick off.