Away day joy as Skegness cement grip on sixth place

Skegness 1st XV 10

Nottinghamians 1st XV 9

SKEGNESS travelled to Nottingham to play the tenth placed team in the Midlands 4EN division.

They finally won on the road to cement their sixth place standing, much to the delight of captain Taylor.

Nottinghamians started the strongest as Skegness struggled to compete with their set game plan.

The home side soon scored points from a penalty and five minutes later extended their lead to 6-0.

Skegness replied with guts and determination as their offensive tackling began to pay dividends, and the blue and whites put their bodies on the line in order to break their away form duck.

Halliday was first to cross the whitewash after missing a penalty attempt and was keen to make amends for his error.

Haigh set up good field position, and quick ruck ball allowed the fly half to run at the defence.

A sneaky dummy and a dart for the line put Skegness on the board at 5-6, but Smith narrowly missed the conversion as he hit the upright from out wide.

As the second half began, Skegness gave away a silly penalty to allow the home side to score to make the score 5-9 and Skegness needed a score to turn the tide on the home team.

Excellent open field running created a scoring opportunity, and Kime received the final pass to score, but much to his and the blue and whites disbelief, the referee disallowed the try for a forward pass.

Skegness squandered other scoring chances and it was looking like another narrow away defeat, but with four minutes left on the clock, Halliday kicked a high ball which came down on the half way line. Smith out jumped the defence and made inroads into the home side’s half, and found the hooker Hummel who outran the defence to spin and score in the corner.

Next week, Skegness will travel to play Boston, their closest league rivals, and captain Taylor will need to select his best squad for this vital mid-table clash. Kick off 2.30pm.

Skegness 1st XV: Stevenson, Hummel, Lancaster, Taylor, Hill, Parker, Dela Fontaine, Jackson (R Cameron), Divilly, Halliday, J Cameron, Haigh, Smith, Kime, Cook; sub, Gav.