Early endeavours fail to bring away rewards

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Tupton 1st XV 35

Skegness 1st XV 12

SKEGNESS 1st XV travelled to Tupton, near Chesterfield, to play the third placed team in the Midlands 4EN division.

They could only muster a bare 15 man squad, much to the disappointment of captain Taylor.

Skegness started strongly, and gaps soon appeared in the home side’s midfield defence.

Smith scored first when play was switched to the blind side, after good handling and strong running put the centre in the corner to score.

With the score 5-0 ,the home side’s supporters started to annoy the referee with some harsh comments as Skegness continued with their attractive running rugby.

The blue and whites were rewarded with another try from their prop Lancaster.

He completed another good blindside move after the half backs had created space and sucked in defenders.

Halliday converted and the score favoured the seaside travellers 12-0.

The home side decided to keep the ball tight and scored ten points leading up to the end of the first half.

Skegness had a 12-10 lead to defend, uphill, into the wind and the worsening muddy conditions.

Skegness did have some good pressure and should have capitalised on their possession and territory. However, indiscipline and poor communication gifted the home side valuable penalties and Tupton began to pull away from the blue and whites.

Skegness had hoped for some league points on the road but unfortunately they could not continue their early endeavours.

Next week they have to travel away, again, to play Nottinghamians in the hope of securing their league position.

Skegness 1st XV: Stevenson, Hummel, Lancaster, Taylor, Hill, Parker, Cook, Jackson, Divilly, Halliday, Cameron, Haigh, Smith, Kime, Gav.