Johnson signs off in style as losing streak is ended

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Skegness 31 Horncastle 12

SKEGNESS entertained local rivals Horncastle in the league as they hoped to return to winning ways after five consecutive defeats.

Johnson, playing his last league game of the season, saluted his departure with a pick up and run to score the first try. Halliday converted to make the score 7-0.

Winger Cameron finished off a well worked move from the base of the scrum as Jenkins’ run moved the blue and whites behind the gain line. Good handling from forwards and backs saw Cameron crash down in the corner. Halliday converted to make the score 14-0

Complacency allowed Horncastle back into the game and penalties became Skegness’ main enemy. They kicked two to make the score 14-6 at the break.

The two fly half’s traded penalties early in the second half to move the score board to 17-9. More indiscipline saw Horncastle narrow the gap to 17-12 as Skegness looked to their captain for inspiration.

Captain Halliday encouraged his players to deliver and his main forwards ball carrier did not let him down. Santini scored a good try from second row as his body angle and driving legs saw him crash trough defenders and score near the posts. This came from a tap penalty as Lancaster gave the final pass to Santini. Halliday converted to make the score 24-12.

Horncastle misfielded a ball in their own try area and knocked the ball on to give Skegness a scrum. Vice Captain Jackson scored from the base as Skegness’ dominance in the pack showed with a driving eight man push. Halliday converted to make the final score 31-12.

The captain was happy with this result as the five points gained with a try bonus will allow them to move back up the league table and look forward to the forthcoming home games in the New Year.

Skegness 1st XV: Lancaster, T. Hill, Brian, A. Hill, T. Santini, Machin, Johnson, Jackson, Divilly, Halliday, Jenkins, Taylor, Cook, Cameron, Pollock. Subs, (Holliday, M. Santini, R. Cameron, Farnsworth)