Lancaster’s flying high with match-winning try

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Skegness 1st XV 5,

Cleethorpes 1st XV 0

SKEGNESS found themselves up against a very tough Cleethorpes side when they travelled to their league opponents at the weekend.

Cleethorpes adopted a kicking game and kept Skegness pinned back deep in their own half. Both sides had kicks at posts but both kickers failed to put the first points on the board.

The second half started with the scores still 0-0 and both teams were down to fourteen men as each had a player sin binned one minute before the break.

The first points and try came from an end to end score which started from a marked kick deep in the Skegness twenty-two.

The only try, and score, of the match came after a penetrating move from Skegness which began deep inside their own 22 and was kicked and passed between several players before scrum-half Divilly was stopped by three tacklers as he tried to cross over the line in the corner.

However, the ball was popped up out of the tackle to find the prop Lancaster, who crossed over for a simply wonderful try. Captain Halliday could not convert and Skegness had a five point lead.

They kept the lead for the rest of the game, even when they went down to fourteen for the second time in the game, but resolute defence kept out the rampaging Cleethorpes players.

Skegness have a long-awaited home game against Long Eaton at the weekend looking for those valuable points which will secure their position in the league table.

Skegness 2nds 63,

Lincoln 4ths 3

SKEGNESS 2nds ended their year in style at the expense of a poorly travelled Lincoln side who arrived a man down.

The hosts managed 10 tries in this score fest racking up a points tally of 63-3.

After a poor performance the week before, a win was not enough; the skipper demanded every player step up to the mark and be victorious with style.

The game was played in good spirit, Skegness opting to cover Lincoln’s 14 man squad by lending them a player. Skegness did not want to win by default.

Cameron, playing his usual position this season of number 10, was first on the score sheet after some good dummy passing fooled the visitors, allowing him to strole into the corner for 5-0.

The second try was scored by fullback Roughton, but the congratulations were given to the eight brave forwards. A Lincoln scrum on the opposition’s 22 yard line was turned over.

Once nicked, the backs introduced their full-back Roughton as the over lap player. Unaware of this simple move a try was scored by passing the ball through hands for 10-0.

Next on the score sheet were Fairburn, Lucas twice, and Cameron. This brought the half-time points tally to 36-0.

The second half started at exactly the same tempo as the first. From the kick-off, the ball was recycled and Skegness played phase ball.

Their confidence was high, the forwards’ rucking was immense and this gave the backs some real time to put the ball through hands, relax and play the rugby they know they are capable of.

This is where try number seven came from. Advancing some 40 yards, Cameron saw a hungry Santini yelling for the ball. Collecting the pass, the big centre crashed his way through and touched the ball down between the posts. The subsequent conversion took the score to 43-0

Tries in quick succession from Stevenson, Taylor and Cameron brought the score to 58-0.

Lincoln scored a penalty late on to spare them the blushes of a clean sheet.

The last points of the afternoon belonged to those of the player that scored the first try of the match.

Sweetly timed passes from the backs in open play allowed Cameron to score his fourth try of the afternoon. Unconverted the final score board read 63-3.

Team - A. Brown, (R. Linnell), T. Farsworth, Del la Fontaine, A. Stennate, A. Spears, P. Taylor, P. Lucas, A. Machin, D. Hochin, R. Cameron, M. Santini, J. Fairburn, W. Roughton, S. Richardson, B. Whitwhan, Dillan Del la Fointain, T. Mitchell.