Rugby: Skegness 1st XV 12, Ashby 1st XV 50

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This week Skegness entertained league leaders Ashby in Midland 3 East North.

Skegness were put under the cosh early on in the game and conceded quick tries to a well-drilled, relegated Midlands 2 Ashby team.

Spirits did not diminish during the 80 minutes of rugby and lessons were learned from this game, which will see the Blue and Whites maintain their current league status.

Tries from Farnsworth and Cameron gave the home side hope of bonus points, but times of indecision and basic play either surrendered points or squandered tries for the home side.

The front row union of Gill, Machin and Bryant all fronted up to the opposition scrum in times of turmoil and stress. The second rowers of Tasker and Santini assisted the jumpers to gather and secure valuable line out possession.

The three back rowers of Cook, Divilly and, man of the match, Dean all pushed their physical, mental and aggressive levels to keep the seasiders’ progression and halt the travelling league leaders. Half backs Mawer and Halliday linked well to keep the required continuity between the pack and the backs.

Centres of Haigh and Smith cut lines and broke tackles to forward the home side’s valuable possession. In close support were Cameron and Reyes who always gave an option outside. At the back and last man standing Farnsworth, dealt with any attacking kicking from the Ashby fly half.

Jackson gave an extra dimension from the bench and second team captain Hill, assisted when the time was required. Skegness are away at Aylestone St. James in Leicester next weekend, which always calls the most dedicated to attend a 180 mile round trip.

Skegness 1st XV - Gill, Machin, Bryant, Santini, Tasker (Jackson), Cook(C), Divilly, Dean (Hill), Mawer, Halliday, Reyes, Haigh, Smith, Cameron, Farnsworth.