Rugby: Skegness 1st XV 11, Sleaford 1st XV 32

The two sides in action.
The two sides in action.
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Skegness entertained league leaders Sleaford in the Midlands 3 East North League at the weekend.

A memorial silence to honour our fallen heroes preceded the kick off.

Skegness played an amazing first half as they endeavoured to look for their first league win of the season.

Skegness started the strongest and took the lead within three minutes from a Halliday penalty.

Sleaford missed a penalty in the 16th minute in an attempt to level the scores. Seven minutes later the first try of the game was scored.

A kick from the Sleaford number ten was fielded illegally by an offside second row who off-loaded to his centre to score under the posts. This made the score 3-7 with 16 first half minutes left to play.

Halliday again pegged back the lead to 6-7 only for Sleaford to edge further away with a penalty of their own to make the score 6-10.

An enterprising and flowing Skegness passage of play saw the blue and whites pull the defence one way then the other as the flying Mexican received a pass from his captain Cook to score out wide. This ended the first half with Skegness enjoying a one point lead, 11-10.

Sleaford scored within the first ten minutes of the second half as defensive communication and tempo started to diminish.

The Skegness attack was still strong and possibilities of adding to the score board were ever present, but small decision errors cost the team as territory and possession were conceded inside the red zone.

Both sides shared yellow cards but it was Sleaford who profited most by scoring two further tries and a penalty. The end score of 11-32 flattered the league leaders as Skegness pondered what could have been.

Skegness 1st XV - Gill, Butcher, Brian, Jackson, Tasker, Marchello (Frost), Cook (C), Dean, Mawer, Scupham, Cameron, Halliday, Smith, Counter, Reyes.