SKEGNESS avenged an earlier defeat against Long Eaton with this victory at home at the weekend.
The players held a one minute silence before the match due to the tragic loss of Skegness teenager James Whittam, who died after a road crash on Friday.
Skegness started the stronger of the two teams as the travelling team struggled to cope with the forwards’ scrimmaging and the backs’ pace.
The first points of the game came from the boot of Cameron as he notched three points from a penalty in front of the posts.
Cameron again punished the travelling team for hands in the ruck. The winger kicked three more points to make the score 6-0.
Divilly scored the first try as another driving maul was collapsed just before the try line. The scrum half’s dramatic dive rewarded his forwards after all of their efforts.
Skegness looked to impose their dominance but something seemed to change. With seconds remaining in the first half the Long Eaton centre found a hole in the Skegness line and they broke through to score a unconverted try. This made the score 11-5 at the break.
Into the second half Cameron kicked an early penalty after Long Eaton players refused to roll away from the tackle area.
The home side again threw away possession and allowed the travelling side back into the game.
Skegness battled hard and set up camp on the opposition’s try line.
Santini scored in the corner after constant pressure. Ruck ball saw the second rower crash over in a pendulum-type action much to the delight of the home supporters.
This made the score 19-5 and Skegness set out to gain a bonus point.
But again a lapse in concentration and missed tackles gave the Long Eaton squad a converted try which stunned the home crowd. Long Eaton finished the strongest as they capitalised on Skegness’s mistakes, but the home side hung on.
Skegness 1st XV - Frost (Brown), Cook, Lancaster, Holliday, Santini (Hill), Parker, Machin, Jackson, Divilly (Farnsworth), Pollock, Jenkins, Scupham, Taylor, Cameron, Hummel.