Boston 1st XV 17 Pts V East Retford 1st XV 24 Pts
Retford travelled to Boston for their latest test in the league, travelling with a much changed squad.
A squad that was strongly tested but came through the challenge with a well deserved victory.
Although Retford travelling away always seem slow to get going this season once again gave away an early penalty and a quick tap and Boston opened the scoring with a converted try. After this Retford took control with some well controlled rugby, a superb kick and chase by Mick Sykes well collected played the ball out to J J Freeman who was forced into touch. Retford put pressure on at the lineout and the ensuing scrum which was taken against the head, the ball was shipped to the left wing where Luke Osborne was on hand to score in the corner.
Retford were playing well at this stage of the match and were soon on the attack again and strong running was finished of in style by Josh Nicklin who left the Boston players in his wake to score with the conversion added by Dan Preece Retford stretched their lead. The weather was getting worse as the time went on with the light but persistent rain not helping the handling by either side.
A long kick and chase down field by Boston proved to be very lucky as Retford's covering player slid back to collect the ball only to loose it and the Boston player giving chase was presented with and easy try bringing the scores level at twelve a piece at halftime.
Retford knew that in the conditions the match could swing either way so needed a better start to the second half. They defended excellently for the next twenty minutes before Ryan Mellins shipped the ball out to Nicklin who found Josh Freeman on the wing to run clear and return the lead to Retford. Substitutions made saw Ross Marsden on at scrum half he dug the ball out well and spun the ball down the backline once more the ball moved out to Nicklin who turned on the after burners to score again converted by Preece.
With bonus try scored Retford looked like they would go on and score again but with just ten minutes left Boston made a break and eventually scored which left them minutes to attempt to get a converted try to level the fixture. Retford held out with the help of some quick thinking by Brad Sexton who ripped the ball free and passed the ball for it to be kicked down field and some brave tackling by the rest of the team saw them receive a penalty and Preece to kick the ball into the stand for a hard fought win.
A special mention to Chanden Pickersgill playing a full match at back row in the first team and Brad Sexton at prop but the Man of the match awards went to Mark Pymm in the backs and Matt Watt in the forwards with the Donkey going to Michael Green for just being himself.