Hill’s dedication rewarded

Skegness 1st XV 19

Ollerton 1st XV 5

SKEGNESS played a Midlands cup game at the weekend and ended up being the only away side to win in the division.

It was also the second week with an unchanged side, a feat which captain Halliday is striving to achieve.

A special mention goes to Andy Hill, who travelled 1,275 miles to play in the game – a truly dedicated servant to Skegness Rugby Club!

Skegness started the strongest as their pre-match preparations started to pay dividends.

Working the blind side of play, a quick ruck ball from Farnsworth found Divilly who drew the last defenders and gave Jenkins the ball to run untouched under the posts. Halliday converted to make the score 7-0 to the visitors.

Skegness took their game to the home side in the second half, and Ollerton kept kicking the ball over the top to keep Skegness on the back foot.

Man of the match Hummel received a long high kick and returned the ball with interest. He was tackled on half way and offloaded the ball to Divilly, and the centre found his second row Holliday in support, who put his captain Halliday through the gap in the defence.

The captain showed great pace as he avoided tacklers and scored near the posts. He then converted the kick.

The blue and whites started to become complacent as Ollerton punctured a hole in the travelling defence from two metres out to score a try.

Skegness made it 19-5 when Cook robbed a tackled player and won the ball for his team. Farnsworth saw the space at the back and kicked the ball on for Divilly to chase and score.

The Ollerton captain was later shown a red card for foul play and soon after the home side lost another player, this time for a yellow card infringement.

Next week, Skegness will travel to East Retford as they continue to seek points in the league.

Skegness 1st XV: Brian (Frost), Cook, Lancaster, Holliday (A Hill), Hanson, Parker, Johnson, Jackson, (T. Hill), Farnsworth, Halliday, Jenkins, Divilly, Taylor, Cameron, Hummel.

Skegness IV 23

North Hykeham 22

SKEGNESS’ hopes of being clear merit league contenders this season were strengthened this weekend in a game won by the narrowest of margins and only decided in the final seconds of the game.

Skegness took the lead through a penalty before making it 8-0 through an uncoverted try after Cameron sprinted 40 yards to score.

The away side bounced back with two quick tries, one being converted, to leave the scoreboard reading 8-12.

And it looked grim for Skegness as they headed in for the interval.

The home side started the sharpest after the break and an opportunist interception by Haigh gave him a clear run to touch down between the posts and, with the try converted, the score stood at 15-12 to the seasiders.

Again Hykeham responded and Skegness leaked two tries in quick succession to fall behind, 22-15.

As time ticked away both sides made errors as Skegness pushed to get back into it. Skegness won a penalty and, after a dummy switch was called Cameron timed his run to perfection, taking the offload from his centre partner before handing off his opponent and running from within his own half to score his second try of the day.

The try was unconverted and with time running out Skegness were still two points adrift.

Skegness should have fallen further behind only for a comical error to spare them.

Hykeham’s inside centre ran unopposed over the Skegness try line but didn’t stop running, amazingly unaware that he was already in the in-goal area. He mistook the post on the adjacent pitch and continued to run through the whole goal area and off the pitch!

It was a massive let off for Skegness, who scored a penalty at the death through Roughton to secure a memorable 23-22 win.

Skegness: R Linell, (T Santini), T Farnsworth, D de la Fontaine, A Spears, (K Akin), A Ongly, J Fairburn, (S Richardson), P Lucas, A Machin, (A Brown), P Roughton, (J Haigh), S Bignall, M Santini, (C Haigh), R Cameron, (D Mawor), C Hanley, T Mitchell, Will Roughton.