Positives in defeat for Skegness RUFC

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Skegness 1st XV 10-15 Grimsby 1st XV

Skegness had their first home league game of the season. After a noticeable away point against East Retford, last week, the blue and whites wanted to continue with their current form.

The game started as any local derby game as both sides probed and looked for weaknesses in their opposition defensive alignments.

Grimsby scored first from a seemingly offside position as they rumbled over from three metres out. This made the score 0-5 to the visitors.

Grimsby kicked a penalty to increase their lead to 0-8 as another Skegness player had hands in the ruck.

Halliday kicked a penalty after Grimsby were penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown. The score board now read 3-8 to Grimsby as the half ended.

The first half saw Skegness take the ball to Grimsby as man of the match Haigh scored an outstanding try as he knifed through the defence to score under the post. Halliday kicked the two extra points to make the score 10-8 to the home side.

Continuous pressure from both teams ensured that the spectators were treated to a good game.

Grimsby were awarded a penalty try as Skegness had appeared to collapse a maul moving towards the try line. Groans of disapproval from the home crowd did not change the outcome as Grimsby made the score 10-15.

Skegness has chances to add to their points but tries was the main aim of the game. One final penalty ten metres was turned over as the ball was kicked to touch to end the game.

Captain Cook thanked his players for some valuable positives and constructive lessons learnt and a critical losing bonus point. He hopes positive attitudes travel with the team next week as they travel to Corby in the RFU senior vase.

Skegness: Brian, Butcher, Tasker, Sergeant, Jackson, Cook, Divilly, Dean, Scupham, Halliday, Reyes, Haigh, Phelps, Smith, Hummel (Subs: McMurray, Machin, Nuttal).