Boston Rugby Club got their Midlands 3 East (North) season off to the best possible start with a 25-19 victory at Nottingham Moderns.
The Blue and Whites were behind until six minutes from time when a late try and a penalty got the visitors over the line.
The performance was a great credit to the Boston team, who were 14-3 down at one stage.
In an an excellent team performance, Jake Brooks was outstanding in an unfamiliar back row role.
Tom Andrews opened the scoring with a penalty from close to the halfway line.
Moderns got their nose in front when they intercepted a Boston pass and sprinted the length of the field to score a converted try under the posts.
The game continued to be evenly contested until a five-minute passage either side of half time.
The hosts broke a sloppy Boston tackle to get over the whitewash but Brooks broke away for the visitors to set up Dan Halliday, who scored a try, duly converted by Andrews.
At 14-10 Boston were right back in the game, but with only seconds remaining until half time the visitors lost concentration again as Moderns powered over the line to go in 19-10 ahead.
This frantic passage of play continued immediately after the re-start when Ross Noble intercepted a wayward Modern’s pass and charged through to score under the posts.
Boston were now only two points adrift but, despite dominating the game, could not add to their score until Halliday and Lewis Eldin combined to free up Jarron Cowern, who got over the line to put Boston ahead for the first time since the opening minutes.
Predictably Moderns threw everything into the dying seconds. but gave away a penalty at the death which was tucked away with precision by Andrews.
BOSTON: Johnson, Dowse, Hough, Eldin, Noble, Brooks, Cotton-Betteridge, Scupham, Jonker, Andrews, Cowern, Halliday, Haywood, Hodgson, Stanfield, Wandrag, Lomas.