Cup run is heading in the right direction after confident show

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Skegness 1st XV 22

Oundle 1st XV 7

FOLLOWING a previous round’s away victory over Ollerton in the cup, Skegness entertained their next opponents Oundle.

The Skegness captain was confident of a victory and his men did not let him down, as the team oozed a new confidence and direction which entertained the home supporters.

The blue and whites started the strongest and dominated territory and possession, but some basic errors allowed the travelling side to move up the pitch and score a shock converted try to make the score 0-7.

This encouraged the seasiders to play the open and expansive rugby that they have trained for most of the season.

Captain Halliday led from the front and scored the first try from a pre set move on the blind side. The tall and pacey fly half took charge and ran the ball wide for a quality score. He could not convert his own try and the score remained 5-7.

The second half gave the home side the wind and again Captain Halliday notched the first points to take his team one point clear at 8-7 from a penalty kick.

Johnson and Slong made the next try. The first attempt was halted from some aggressive Oundle tackling, and the resultant ruck gave the flanker the time.

He showed good composure to squeeze home the try from close quarters. Halliday converted to move the score board to 15-7.

Birthday boy Taylor celebrated his 24th birthday with a well worked try. A stolen line out in the opposition twenty two allowed the captain to run onto a well directed pass.

He bamboozled the defence and switched with Taylor, who found the gap, and the centre crashed over to score much to the delight of his teammates and family watching on the touchline. Halliday converted to make the final score 22-7.

Skegness now await the cup draw to see if they can explore further uncharted territory and continue their run.

Usual service resumes next week, with an away game at Nottinghamians in the league.

Skegness 1st XV: Brian (T Santini), T Hill, Lancaster, Holiday, E Hanson (A Hill), Parker, Johnson, Jackson, Divilly, Halliday, Mawer, Taylor, Pollock, Jenkins, Hummel; sub, Farnsworth.