Despite a spirited second half fight back, Boston’s slow start to the first half, conceding 28 points, left then with too great a mountain to climb, as Sleaford laid down an early marker.
While Boston scored the opening points of the match after two minutes, through a converted Tom Brooks penalty, it would be Sleaford in attack, who posed the revamped Boston back line a stern test.
From the outset both sides displayed a willingness to play open rugby. It would, however, be the visitors who, once in the right areas of the park, proved to be more clinical, recording four tries in the first 40 minutes.
Coach Willem Jonker made two changes at the interval, bringing on Jed Denham at prop for his first team debut and replacing full back Zac Chapman with Mark Hodgson.
Whatever words were said by Jonker, they certainly had the desired effect as it was a very different Boston side who started the second half. The home side needed to score first to get them back into the match and fly half Tom Brooks scored and converted his own try.
Boston, were now putting pressure on Sleaford’s defence and after 15 minutes winger Perry Cumber scored from a quickly taken tap penalty.
The conversion narrowing the deficit to 17-28.
The yellow carding of a Sleaford player, with the clock showing 20 minutes remaining, gave the home supporters a faint hope of a remarkable come back.
This hope was quickly squashed as, even with 14 players, the visitors scored again to extend their lead.
To Boston’s credit they did not give up and second row Ben Enderby scored a try to take the score to 22-35.
With minutes remaining a final Sleaford try, saw Boston end the game 22-40.
Next time out the firsts travel to play Southwell in the league.
Boston Development XV travelled to Sleaford with a squad of 25 players for their first game of the new season. The development side was a classic blend of experience and youth – and they ran out out 31-3 victors.
The Development team next entertain Spalding Seconds.