Skegness 1st XV 7
Nottinghamians 1st XV 10
FOLLOWING last week’s excellent cup performance, Skegness travelled away to Nottinghamians and were dealt a demoralising defeat.
Halliday fielded a mostly unchanged squad but circumstances, decisions and time went against the captain.
Skegness started the better, and persistent pressure wore down the defence but they could not breach the home try line.
An incident in midfield saw a yellow card handed to the Nottinghamians’ centre, and Skegness needed to capitalise on the extra man advantage.
Taylor did this as he ran hard and straight. His strength and dexterity allowed him to reach under the tacklers to score the opening try, 35 minutes into the game. Halliday converted to make the score 7-0.
Although it was a low scoring first half, Nottinghamians could and should have scored two or three tries as they created overlaps, but the final passes did not go to hand.
The second half saw the home side put pressure on and a three minute period of the game saw Skegness concede four consecutive penalties and two free kicks, which gave the home side three points.
Skegness needed to score next to secure their lead and see the game out, but Nottinghamians had other ideas and they began to pile on the pressure. Some strong tackling halted the advance of the home runners.
Time seemed to be on the side of Skegness as they ran the clock down, but again free kicks and penalties went the way of the home team.
Nottinghamians finally scored their try in the 50th minute of the second half to steal the points at 7-10.
A despondent blue and whites team need to pick themselves up and evaluate this performance ready for next week trip to league leaders Southwell.
Skegness 1st XV: Brian, T Hill, Lancaster, A Hill, Jackson, Parker, Johnson, Frost, Divilly, Halliday, Mawer, Taylor, Pollock, Jenkins, Hummel; subs, Farnsworth, T Santini, M Santini, Cook.