Rugby: Boston 2nd XV 13, Skegness 2nd XV 36

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The Skegness 2nd XV second team travelled to Boston on Saturday for a tough Lincolnshire Merit League fixture.

Skipper Hill won the toss and chose to play into the wind during the first half.

Boston started strongly and Skegness toughed out the initial onslaught but yielded to trail 10-0 after 20 minutes.

Tremendous work from Machin and Brown, backed admirably by Hill and Spiers, brought Skegness back into the reckoning and half-time saw Boston hold a lead of 13-7.

Skegness made a number of substitutions that saw the influential Tom Hunt and Matt Hill take hold of affairs.

Tries from the powerful Sheldon and Taylor took Skegness forward, backed by promising debutants Chamberlain and Gibney.

The away side continued to pile on the pressure and points through the powerful running of Hardy (try) and Thompson (try).

Boston fought hard and were still in this hard fought contest but a try from Delafontayne secured the spoils in this fierce contest.

“This side continues to improve with sound contributions from Nath Hotchen, Lempard, Holiday and Phelpps contributing hugely,” said a club spokesperson.

“John Epton who played in the first half pushes back the years and, along with Spikings, Linnell, Turner and Farnsworth, continues to flourish playing solid, strong rugby.

“May this side continue to progress as it clearly deserves to,” they added.

Man of the Match was Alan Machin.