Skegness 1st XV 11 Mellish 1st XV 15
Skegness entertained Mellish in the NLD Vase competition.
The Nottingham based team travelled looking for an easy progression into the next round of the cup.
Skegness started the strongest and put immense open field pressure on the travelling team. Mellish responded by turning on the pressure in the scrums. They soon took control of this vital area and Mellish looked to score first.
Stout defence from the home side especially Jackson, who saved a certain try. Skegness was awarded a penalty in the opposition twenty two and Captain Halliday stepped up to kick the three points, to give Skegness the lead 3-0.
Mellish scored next, from an apparent offside position. The ball was stolen and the number eight crashed over to score. This made the score 3-7.
Halliday closed the gap again after continuous pressure near the Mellish try line. With the score at 6-7 the game was there for the taking.
Skegness suffered a team yellow card five minutes each side of half time.
This thankfully did not impact on the score and the blue and whites strived for that break to give them the score.
The Mellish full back started to create damage in the back line as sloppy kicking gave the travelling team a platform from which to score from. The number fifteen increased the Notts teams lead to 6-12.
Offside play gave Mellish a three point penalty, as the score board started to move out of reach from the home side.
This seemed to give Skegness an incentive to run the ball and territory and field position started to play a vital role with the score at 6-15. The blue and whites then started to lose the ball in the contact area and the Mellish number ten kicked long for Skegness to again attempt to move out of their twenty two.
As the clock ticked down, Skegness were awarded a penalty at the scrum. A quick tap saw the ball move to Dela Fontaine, who passed to his skipper Halliday.
The inspirational number ten then out-paced the opposition and strong armed himself over the white wash for the score. As his attempted conversion hit the post the final whistle blew to see Skegness fall short of another win.
Next week, Skegness play against Ashfield in the league with a 2.15 kick-off at Wainfleet Road playing fields.
Skegness 1st XV - Lancaster, Lucas, Frost (Machin), Holiday (T. Santini), Taylor (Dela Fontaine) Nuttell, Cummings, Dean, Divilly, Halliday, Jackson (Hummell), M. Santini, Mawer, Youngs, Jenkins.