Rugby: Skegness 1st XV 22, Boston 1st XV 22

Action from the Skegness v Boston clash.

Action from the Skegness v Boston clash.

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Skegness faced last year’s league winners and mid-table Boston at the weekend.

This local derby always produces the best from both teams.

Halliday scored the first try as a pre-planned move from the back of a scrum gave the tall number ten the opportunity to score. He crossed over the line to give the home side a 5-0 lead.

Halliday made the initial break and found his centre in close support. Smith scored Skegness’s second try as he shrugged off and handed off numerous defenders to score another try for the season to make it 10-0.

More good work from a hard working pack and good communication from the back line saw the flying winger Nuttell score a try for the blue and whites. Halliday converted to make the score 17-0.

Skegness then conceded a sloppy try, as the number nine could not handle a pass from his eight near the Boston try line. The red flanker crossed over to make the score 17-7 after the conversion.

Boston then scored another try as a missed tackle gifted the prop with a simple crash over five points. Again it was converted and at the half time whistle the score board read 17-14 to Skegness.

The start of the second half saw both sides attempting to outwit and score much needed points to secure the lead. Boston kicked a penalty after Skegness were guilty of holding onto he ball on the floor. The game was tied at 17-17.

Boston then had a player red carded for a punch right in front of the referee. Skegness looked to use the extra man advantage and put Boston to the sword. Smith again showed his worth and ran sixty five metres to score a try near the posts.

With tremendous winds Halliday could not convert. With only three minutes left Skegness had to try to run the clock down and keep possession. One attempt saw the ball lost in contact and the Boston number nine seized on the opportunity to put his prop over to score a try in the corner. Boston nearly, very nearly, converted to steal the win but the scoreline remained tied at 22-22.

Skegness could not capitalise on last seconds of possession near their try line and the final whistle blew to end a great game.

Skegness 1st XV - Brian, Lucas, Gill, Dean (Tasker), Sergeant, Santini, Cook (C), Jackson, Divilly, Halliday, Jenkins, Haigh, Smith, Nuttell, Cameron.