THE last league game of the season is always a tight and close affair as both teams needed valuable points to decide their end-of-season position.
Skegness had the chance to finish fifth, above Chesterfield, so this was a must win game for both sides.
Captain Halliday and vice captain Jackson wanted to finish the season on a high and demanded continuity and determination from their 20-man squad.
The front row of Frost, Brian, Scupham and Lancaster held firm and were commended as they took the game to the opposition.
The second row of Holiday, Santini, Johnson, Sheldon and the second team captain Spiers, all gave valuable contributions in the line out and the tight to secure and steal possession.
The back row of Jackson, Cook, Machin and Parker hit hard and did not back down.
The half back pairing of Divilly and Halliday were faultless in their attacking and defending duties.
The new centre partnership of Taylor and Jenkins worked well together in finding gaps in the opposition defence.
The back three of Bignell, second team vice captain, Hummel and the ever present and resourceful Hill did not give an inch.
Captain Halliday started the scoring with an early three point lead which was negated by a penalty from the Panthers to level the score at 3-3.
Jackson scored a try to extend the home side’s advantage to 8-3. The number eight still has at least two years of first team rugby in him.
Indiscipline allowed the travelling side to narrow the score to 8-6 early in the second half. More indiscipline gave the panthers the chance to take the lead but they missed the three point attempt.
Santini scored a try from close range as a pre-planned penalty move gave the second rower his five point score to extend the lead to 13-6.
The majority of the spectators agreed Skegness should have score more points but key chances were missed.
Team: Frost, (Brian), Scupham, Lancaster, Holiday (Speirs), Santini, (Johnson) (Sheldon) Cook, Machin (Parker), Jackson, Divilly, Halliday, Bignell, Taylor, Jenkins, Hill, Hummel. Sub Smith.