LINCOLN LADIES 10
BOSTON LADIES 10
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
Jenna Bierton and Jade Morgan both crossed for tries as Lincoln Ladies began their NLD Cup campaign with a 10-10 draw at home against Boston.
The defences of both sides excelled in a hard-fought game with Boston having the majority of the possession during the first 25 minutes.
Boston got very close to the try line on one occasion during that time, but fantastic defence from Lincoln kept them out. However, it wasn’t long before Boston opened the scoring as captain Hannah Booth slotted over a penalty.
The visitors continued to put pressure on Lincoln in the first half, but the hosts soaked it up. Lincoln also caused a lot of disruption to the Boston lineout, with four expertly stolen by Jodie Hill.
When Lincoln attacked in the first half a combination of handling errors and excellent defending by Boston kept them out as the visitors took a narrow 3-0 lead in at the break.
Boston continued to pile on the pressure in the closing stages of the first half, but Lincoln Ladies soaked it all up.
Boston started the second half strongly, but Lincoln began to grow into the game and get more ball to put pressure on the visitors’ defence. Lincoln got into the 22 on a number of occasions, but Boston’s defence held firm to keep them out.
After a period of sustained pressure, Bierton took advantage of a Boston fumble and set off on a superb run through the defence. The centre handed off one player and ran past several others to go over for a try in the left-hand corner to put Lincoln ahead.
The game continued to ebb and flow with neither team really being in the ascendency at this point.
Lincoln came close to increasing their lead, but a try-saving tackle from Boston centre Lycia Elston knocked Deirdre Waters into touch.
The hosts were forced into some changes around the hour mark before Boston took advantage of a mix-up in defence to score. Hannah Dennis received a short pass from Molly Smith before going on a 30 yard run through the defence for a great try.
Hannah Booth successfully slotted over the conversion to increase Boston’s lead to five points.
Lincoln started to put more pressure on Boston again and kept their opposition inside their own 22. After continuing to disrupt the visitor’s lineouts Jade Morgan, who Boston named as Lincoln’s player of the match, picked up the ball from the back of a ruck and dived over for a try in the right-hand corner.
There was only time left for one last play, but it didn’t amount to any further score as both teams took a share of the spoils.
Lincoln will return to action with a friendly against York University on Sunday, June 13, while Boston face Sleaford in their next NLD Cup group game on the same afternoon.
POST MATCH COMMENTS
Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly said: “It’s one of the best ladies matches that I’ve seen at this level in a long time.
“Both teams played their heart out and really enjoyed their rugby, which came out during the game. It was a really hard-fought game and the defences were really good.
“Our defence was absolutely amazing in both halves and, apart from a lapse in concentration for their try, we didn’t look like we’d let them score.”
Boston captain Hannah Booth said: “It was a really good enjoyable game with our main positive being our defensive line.
“It gives us areas to work on ready for Sleaford next Sunday.”
POST MATCH AWARDS
BACK OF THE MATCH – Jenna Bierton
FORWARD OF THE MATCH – Rose Buchanan
COACH’S PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Midge Newsome
BACK OF THE MATCH – Amy Whittaker
FORWARD OF THE MATCH – Arlene Moxon
COACH’S PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Meg Robinson
Photo Credit: Mike Lincoln