Boston 1st XV 28 Pts v East Retford 1st XV 22 Pts
By Iain Balmer
Gruelling battle ends in defeat!
With the wind at the backs, Boston made a strong start to the game on what was clearly going to be testing afternoon for Retford in cold and wet conditions. Retford did well to soak up the pressure at the lineout but ill-discipline led to an early Boston penalty, soon followed by a Boston try in the corner.
The home side taking an early 10-0 lead. Retford responded well, building phases to gain territory, for Chris Trenham
to snipe over, converted by Dan Preece. Boston kept applying the pressure, giving them a long range penalty and second try in the corner, taking an 18-7 lead with 30 minutes gone.
The ten minutes would prove crucial and Retford played the conditions brilliantly. All the forwards contributed to numerous bump and runs, recycled the ball well in order to march 50 metres into the wind down the left touchline. Simon Philips eventually powered over, leaving the game well balanced at half time, 18-14 to Boston.
Retford came out powerfully knowing they had done well to stay in the game. They worked hard to win more breakdown ball, which set up a powerful run by Dave Howard who crossed for Retford’s third try and giving them the lead for the first time in the match. Josh Freeman
exemplified Retford’s hard work, when he sprinted back to make a fantastic try saving tackle metres from the line. Further Boston pressure however led to their third try. Then the referee deemed fullback Mick Sykes
’s tackle to be dangerous and worthy of a red card, a turning point in the game.
The relentless pressure allowed Boston to cross for their fourth try, 28-19 to Boston. In a last ditch attempt, Retford could only do enough to secure well converted penalty by Preece, proving too little too late. 28-22 at full time to Boston, Retford walk away from the fixture with areas to improve but still proud of their fantastic 17 match winning run.
Perhaps on another day, with a bit more luck and more favourable decisions, Retford would have come out on top. Man of the Match went to captain Dan Preece for leading the way in attack with powerful ball carrying and impressive goal kicking in difficult conditions. Lots of work to be done by donkey Dan Lodge this week, both in the gym and on the training field, to make sure he avoids any further defensive embarrassment on the wing.