Frustrating weekend for Skegness first team

Tupton 1st XV 25

Skegness 1st XV 14

The home side started the strongest as they put pressure on Skegness with some good tactical kicking.

An early score encouraged the ninth placed team that they could beat the third placed in the league and they soon added to it for 10-0.

Skegness made it 7-10 after a quick ruck ball from Taylor found birthday boy Lucas on the run. His determination to score gave him his five points and Halliday converted.

But the home side scored a third try to make the score 7-15.

As the half time whistle neared Skegness gave away a silly penalty in front of the posts to make it 7-18.

With the elements at their backs, Tupton could afford to run down the clock and make Skegness win the game. Smith showed good strength and speed as he ran hard and straight to score a try near the posts. Halliday converted to move the score board to 14-18.

A driving maul from the home side after a line out, was held up over the try line only for the Tupton pack to score from the resultant scum for 14-25.

Skegness battled hard and attempted to claw themselves back into the game but worsening weather and a lack of cohesion and continuity meant Skegness left Tupton with nothing.

The blue and whites were extremely disappointed considering their recent victories. This result will hamper their dreams of promotion. Next week Skegness entertain Mellish in the NLD plate competition, with a 2.15pm kick-off.

Skegness 1st XV - Lancaster, Lucas, Linnell, Holliday, Taylor, Nuttell (Cook), Cummings, Dean, Divilly, Halliday, Jackson, M. Santini, Smith, Young, Farnsworth (Mawer).

Lincoln 4ths XV 18

Skegness 2nds XV 12

In an exciting league encounter at Lincoln, Skegness 2nd XV’s winning run came to an end after a tremendous game which saw the blue and whites within minutes of victory.

Skegness put up an admirable display after a shaky start. Some handling errors in key defensive areas saw Skegness facing a 10 point deficit after 30 minutes.

However through strong running by Bignell, Wilkinson and Cummings, admirably supported by wingers Hummell and Hardy, a fightback looked on the cards.

Persistent work from Hansen and Schofield saw Skegness pull five points back through Sean Bignell.

Spiers dominated the line out ably supported by Stennett and Tasker,

This gave rise to another score from Bignell, touching down after some tireless running.

Lincoln now 10-12 down, came back hard at Skegness who defended with some solid tackling from Spikings and debut player Phelpps, helped Skegness maintain the lead.

However in the dying minutes of the game, Lincoln scored twice to take the honours.

A strong display from the side proved not enough to take all the points but it does keep them in second place in the league. This Saturday, Skegness 2nds entertain North Hykeham, at Wainfleet Road (2.15pm).

Skegness - Hill, Farnsworth, Turner, Tasker , Stennett, Spiers , Hansen., Schofield, Hotchen, Bignell, Cummings, Wilkinson, Hummell, Hardy, Reyas. Subs - Spikings, Phelpps.