Skegness coast to a comprehensive victory

Skegness 1st XV 43

Cleethorpes 1st XV 5

SKEGNESS entertained their east coast rivals in the league at the weekend, and the first 15 wore their new kit, sponsored by East Coast Caravans’ Gareth Pinder, who was not disappointed with the result.

Jenkins raced down the touchline to give Skegness their first score and Taylor crossed next as Skegness began to dominate possession and territory with the wind at their backs.

The ever-present Johnson followed suit by scoring from the open side flank position, and Halliday slotted one conversion to make it 17-0.

Line out practice paid dividends as Lancaster grounded the ball from a driving maul, before Pollock showed great awareness as a lose ball from the back of a scrum was cleaned up and popped to the fly half, who ran untouched over the whitewash to score.

Skegness showed some complacency as they tried to launch a counter-attack from deep, instead of playing the percentages, and the loss of possession gave the travelling side their first and only score.

The Cleethorpes players seemed to be dead on their feet as quick ruck ball outflanked the opposition twice.

Paul scored first from full back, and then the winger Cameron crossed over to open his try account for the season.

Halliday slotted three of these tries to make the score 43-5, and Skegness ran out comprehensive winners.

The first team has a bye next week and will re-enter the league the following week, when they travel away to the newly promoted Long Eaton.

Skegness first XV: Frost, Cook, Lancaster, Holliday, Jackson, Pearson, Johnson, Taylor, Farnsworth, Pollock Halliday, Divilly, Jenkins, Cameron, Kime; subs, Paul, T Hill, A Hill, Brian.