Rugby: Skegness 1st XV 32, Keyworth 1st XV 15

The game started tentatively as both sides tested each other’s defences. Rob Lancaster scored first for Skegness, as continued forward pressure paid off with a converted try to make the score 7-0.

Jackson scored next as the young winger roared down the touch line to reach over to score an impressive try. Early work from the forwards and some dummy runners created the space to make the score 12-0.

Keyworth pulled five points back as their second rower crashed over from close range for 12-5.

Just before the stroke of half time a clear knock on over the try line was allowed by the official and Skegness ended the half in the lead 12-10.

The first score in the second half came from the other winger Hummel. His pace was too much for the covering defence as good handling and running lines paid off with a seven point score to make it 19-10.

Halliday pulled the home side further away as he kicked two penalties to give Skegness a 15 point lead.

Skegness needed composure as an increasingly strong Keyworth pack began to take control. They soon profited as they scored a try to reduce their arrears to 10 points.

Skegness then began to seemingly fall apart as, with seven minutes to go, Cook was sin binned and Skegness were down to 14 men. Five minutes later, Cummings was sinned binned as well, which left Skegness with 13 on the pitch. Keyworth wanted their losing and try bonus points and to deny Skegness theirs.

Captain Halliday was again the hero as defensive pressure in the 22 saw a loose ball picked up by the fly half. He evaded and handed off three challengers and ran 75 metres to score under the posts. He converted his own kick and as the final whistle blew and five vital Skegness points were added to the league table.

Skegness 1st XV - Lancaster, Lucas (Machin), Brian, T. Santini (Holiday), Tasker, Cook, Johnson, Dean, Mawer, Halliday, Jackson (Cummings), Jenkins, Taylor, Hummel, Farnsworth. Subs (M. Santini, Nuttell).