Chesterfield Panthers claw their way past Boston

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Chesterfield Panthers skipper Chris Ward believes his side can still improve after moving up to third in the league.

A comprehensive 36-15 victory over Boston on Saturday saw Panthers stretch their winning streak to four in the Midlands Division Three East (North).

The six-try win has put some breathing space between the two sides with Boston placed one below Chesterfield in the table prior to Saturday’s kick-off.

Ward said: “We didn’t play a full 80 minutes in top gear today, but to put six tries past a well organised mid-table side demonstrates our potential in this league.

“I am extremely happy as moving into third puts us well in contention for promotion.”

Panthers started the game strongly and, backed by a large and vocal home support, soon settled in to their game plan, reaping their rewards inside ten minutes.

The hosts exploited an overlap and Tye Rose ran 60 metres, beating four defenders, to touch down under the posts to leave Ward with a simple conversion.

Boston enjoyed a spell of possession and after several penalties pulled back three points before Chesterfield regained control of the match.

Jordan Grayson darted forward from a smartly taken tap penalty to touch down. Boston, however, were illegally positioned from the penalty, forcing the referee to award the penalty try.

After working several phases through forwards Rob Davison, Chris Brailsford and Chris Winlde, the ball spun out to the backs and Adam Miles crashed over from close range to score Panthers’ third.

Ward made it three from three and, as the game was headed for half-time, Panthers let Boston in for a simple try to make it 21-10 at the break. In a scrappy start to the second half, Boston were soon in touching distance of Chesterfield with a try out wide. Panthers, however, clawed back.

Smart counter-attacks from the home side saw substitute Joe Walton over the line to score in the corner and take the bonus point try.

As the game started to open up Rob Collins put Nick Fenton in the corner for a fifth before Walton got his second of the game to make it 36-15.

Panthers: Jones, Davison, Allen, Barnett, Windle, Brailsford, Nesbit, Holt, Gratson, Collins, Watson, Miles, Ward (c), Rose, Grayson.