Skegness 1st XV 42, Horncastle 1st XV 15

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SKEGNESS travelled to Horncastle in an important local derby clash at the weekend.

The game was a very tense affair as both sides tested each other’s defences.

Skegness then began to take control of the game as they plundered the opponents’ 22 metre zone.

Two early penalties from Farnsworth gave the visitors a 6-0 lead into the wind. Later in the half, Santini scored out wide with a purposeful and dynamic run to score a try to make the score 11-0.

Horncastle replied with a penalty from out wide, and narrowed the deficit to 11-3.

The last play of the half was a disastrous one as an intercepted pass in midfield gave the opposition fly half an unopposed run to score under the posts. This made the score 11-10 at the break.

Skegness now had the wind at their backs and opened up the Horncastle defence with aggressive running and stern offensive tackling.

Santini added two more tries to complete his hat-trick.

Santini then turned provider as a planned line out moved the last defenders. The flanker then off-loaded to his supporting back row brethren to allow Cook to score in the corner.

Cook then gave Divilly a try as he off-loaded to the scrum half after the number nine had stolen the ball at the scrum. The two players seemed to move harmoniously through the opposition defence.

Farnsworth added to his 12 kicked point by scoring a try as Horncastle tried to run the ball from under their goal posts. The young fly half intercepted a pass to cross over the whitewash.

Halliday and Jackson were pleased with all their players’ performances as they look to take on Cleethorpes in the Lincolnshire cup semi-final on Wednesday night. The selection committee will find it very difficult to break up this cohesive and impressive unit of players.

Skegness 1st XV - Lancaster, Scupham, Frost, Hill (Sheldon), Holliday (Spiers), Santini, Cook, Jackson, Divilly, Farnsworth, Cameron (Bignell), Halliday (C), Taylor, Hummell, Pollock.