Spalding Rugby Club are beaten by Boston in their first competitive game for 15 months
Spalding went down to a 30-15 defeat against Boston on Saturday in their first competitive game for 15 months.
The match in the Notts, Lincs and Derbys competition was always going to be an interesting contest to see both levels of fitness and teamwork with a number of new players making their debuts.
Spalding started the better with Connel Mason kicking an early penalty but, within minutes, Boston were back on level terms with their first successful penalty kick.
The home team started to get on top by being quicker to rucks and halfway through the first period pulled ahead firstly with a penalty followed by a converted try.
They then added another penalty before a sweeping Spalding move launched by Gav Sharman was the catalyst for a stunning try.
Sharman came off the left wing and cut through Boston’s defence before the ball was moved swiftly on by centres George Brown and Tom Birdseye for right wing Callum Lewis to finish off a superb score.
Mason was forced off with an ankle injury just before half-time which saw Harry Brown come off the bench, Harry Waine move into the three-quarters and Charlie Beecham up to fly-half.
The start of the second half saw Boston ease further ahead as Spalding seemed to stop play awaiting a decision from the referee and the home team capitalised by running the length of the field for a converted try and a 15-point lead.
Ash Piccaver and Miguel Da Silva were leading Spalding's fightback with excellent carries and breaks but too many times the visiting support play was not there.
Charlie Beecham was inches from scoring after a stunning run but was rewarded a few minutes later as he successful converted his first try on his debut.
Adam Sutcliffe was showing at scrum half his excellent passing from rucks and he will be a valuable addition with his experience while Henry Williams was performing well at the line-out also on his debut.
Boston secured their final try with full-time approaching in what was Luke Turner's first match as Spalding captain.
Turner was pleased with the effort from his players, but there will need to be some work put in during training with the next leg of this NLD Cup competition at home up at the New Ground on Saturday against Sleaford (3pm kick-off).
Spalding: Luke Turner, Tom Rollinson, Sam Noble, Ash Piccaver, Miguel Da Silva, Ed Williams, Harry Waine, Will Shields, Adam Sutcliffe, Connel Mason, Callum Lewis, George Brown, Tom Birdseye, Gav Sharman, Charlie Beecham. Subs: Henry Williams, Harry Brown.