Boston Rugby Club began their season with a 38-17 defeat at Lincoln in the NLD Shield.
In the backs, Dan Halliday made his debut for the Blue and Whites after joining from Skegness.
Mark Hodgson and Perry Cumber returned to the team and George Baldwin was drafted onto the bench.
In the pack Adam Cock came into the back row to be partnered by Will Scupham.
The first half saw Lincoln take the game to Boston and defensive lapses in open play saw the hosts record three tries to lead 21- 0 at the interval.
Boston did show good resilience when they repelled Lincoln following a series of five-metre scrums to keep themselves in the match.
The second 40 minutes saw Boston fight back.
Man of the match, winger Jarron Cowern, scored a hat-trick of tries
His second and third tries were straight from the training ground, one coming off his wing at pace before cutting inside, the latter running onto a chip through by centre Halliday
While disappointed with the loss, there were a number of positives and areas for coach Willem Jonker to work on at training.
On Saturday, Boston travel to play Nottingham Moderns in their first league game of the Midlands 3 East (North) season.
BOSTON: Kemp, Dowse, Buckberry, Sharpe, Eldin, Cock, Cotton-Betteridge, Scupham, Lomas, Andrews, Baldwin, Halliday, Hodgson, Cowern, Cumber; Replacements: Baldwin, Chapman, Wandrag