The Boston Buccaneers bounced back from last weeks’s defeat in emphatic style to defeat the experienced Leamington Royals 34-16.
Defeat to the Northampton Demons soon became a distant memory as the team earned their second Midlands Premier League victory of the campaign, moving up to joint-second place in the process.
With David Beever and Sean Templeton unavailable, Harry Sharman and Jordan Cleaver came into the squad.
Sharman had a big effect on the game, although the man of the match award went to John Stanfield.
The game was only four minutes old when the visitors scored, using their big forwards to great effect.
It wasn’t long before Will Scupham found Daniel Mackie, who dived under tacklers for Boston’s opening try.
Five minutes later Michael Baldwin charged down the wing to touch down in the corner.
The Royals then scored after some good handling but, just before the end of the half, fullback John Stanfield raced to his first of three tries for a 12-10 lead.
The second half was one-way traffic from.
After only seven minutes Sharman span out of a tackle and scored on his debut.
The Royals kept pressing hard but great defending from the Buccaneers frustrated the visitors and it wasn’t long before Stanfield ran a great line to collect the pass from Wayne Harley and score under the posts.
Extras were added by Tom Andrews.
Stanfield completed his hat trick with a mazy run and Harley added the extras.
The Buccaneers’ final try came from Sharman, who beat two defenders to score under the posts and Andrews again added the two points.
The Royals scored a breakaway consolation try but it was not enough to deny the Buccaneers a well-deserved victory.
BOSTON: Dowse, Miles, Kellock, Dearing, Scupham, Mackie, Harley, Andrews, Lamb, Cowern, Baldwin, Kippax, Stanfield, Cleaver, Baldwin, Johnson, Sharman, Rowlands, Cotton-Betteridge, Sayle.
On Saturday, Boston travel to face the Nottingham Outlaws, with kick off at 2.30pm.