Skegness Rugby Club Seconds earned a narrow 17-14 victory against Market Rasen Thirds, continuing their unbeaten start to the season.
Rasen came out of the blocks quickest and dominated early territory, with Skegness repelling wave after wave of Rasen phases.
After 15 minutes a quick ball out of the scrum went along the backs to Sean Chamberlain, whose blistering pace saw him blast through the Rasen line and race in under the posts, Potts converting for a 7-0 lead.
Following an infringement at a ruck, Potts kicked afurther three points.
From the re-start Rasen’s gameplan became quickly apparent, using the wind to kick for corners.
The Skegness pack, up against a very experienced and strong Rasen pack, held their own and when Rasen went to hands only yards from the try line, heroic defending kept the visitors at bay.
Skegness always had the threat of their pacy backs and, after good hands and keeping the ball alive, Chamberlain again darted through the gap with Potts converting to take the score to 17-0.
Rasen however just wouldn’t lie down and their relentless pressure finally told in the final 20 minutes.
A penalty try saw Anthony Spiers sin binned for not rolling away and things got worse for the home side with skipper Chris Wheeler also sin binned within a minute for the same offence.
But as Rasen attempted to enforce their two-man advantage an immense defensive effort saw Skegness hold out.
With time running out Potts failed to find touch with a penalty and Rasen ran it back, eventually going over to reduce the lead to 17-14,
Joe Green was the man of the match.
SKEGNESS: Wheeler, Bagshaw, Foxwell, , Green, Birch, Spiers, Hotchen, A. Hardy, Potts, Bentley, Best, M. Chamberlain, S. Chamberlain, Turner, Denholm, Holmes, M. Hardy, Farnsworth, Mckinlay, Ryan.