13-man Skegness in brave battle for draw

Boston 5

Skegness 2nd XV 5

SKEGNESS 2nd XV secured a draw against arch-rvials Boston despite playing two men down for most of the game.

Injury and work commitments left Skegness with a bare 15 at the start.

Early pressure from Skegness saw them take the lead. Desperate defending by Boston resulted in a penalty to Skegness for illegal hands in a the ruck. The captain who opted to take the scrum and number nine Lucas tapped the ball over the try line. The conversion was missed to make it 5-0 to the visitors.

But the tables soon turned, and injury blows to Dobson and T Santine within the first 15 minutes seriously hindered Skegness’s hopes of adding to their tally.

With no substitutes on the bench, this meant Skegness would play the next 65 minutes with only 13 men on the pitch.

Strong tackling from Bignall, M Santini, Harley, and Mitchell forced the home side to use the wind to their advantage.

And after kicking themselves time after time into the Skegness 22, it seemed only a matter of time before Boston’s pressure would overcome the visitors.

With 25 minutes gone, an unconverted try was scored by the home team to level at 5-5.

The next 55 minutes would end pointless, as an amazing 13 man Skegness bullied their way to a memorable 5-5 draw.

On the evidence of this performance, Skegness seconds can look forward confidently to what will be a difficult campaign.

Skegness 2nd XV: R Linell, T Farnsworth, D de la Fontaine, A Ongley, A Spears, Dillan de la Fontaine, D Fairburn, K Dobson, P Lucas, S Bignall, T Santine, R Cameron, M Santine, T Mitchell, R Harley.