Rugby: Skegness 1st XV 41, Nottinghamians 1st XV 24

THE game began at a frantic pace with both sides trying to gain the upper hand.

Skegness took the lead when their backs drew men across allowing Halliday to put Pollock through a gap in the defence to score under the posts. A conversion from Farnsworth made it 7-0.

The home side’s lead was soon doubled when a well-worked switch between Pollock and De La Fontaine allowed the latter to go over the whitewash. Another conversion took it to 14-0.

Both teams then stepped up a gear and fascinating battles were evident throughout with hard-hitting tackles, powerful running and blood shed all over the pitch.

Skegness took a 21-0 lead after a game of kick tennis resulted in hack through for Farnsworth to pounce on. The try scorer made it a hat-trick of conversions to ensure a strong half-time lead.

Nottinghamians found an extra gear and as the second half progressed and began to dominate.

They reduced the deficit to 21-7 when a blocked kick ricocheted off a number of players and the ball bounced kindly for a supporting runner to move under the posts to score.

More errors from Skegness gifted another try to make the score 21-12.

Jenkins then came to the rescue of Skegness as he screamed down the touchline to score an unconverted try, before Scupham scored a penalty to take it to 29-12.

A poor defensive error allowed Nottinghamians to score under the posts from a simple backs move.

But Dela Fontaine then scored a try from half way before Scupham converted for 36-19.

A lost lineout from Skegness gifted one of the opposition forwards five points as he trundled down the side line to score.

This could not be converted and the score remained 36-24 which delighted the travelling side who had now gained a try bonus point.

Scupham had the last say as good handling and passing gave him the opportunity to score out wide to make the game safe at 41-24.

Next week Skegness entertain top of the table Southwell.

Skegness 1st XV - Lancaster, Hill, Frost (Brian), Nuttell (Jackson), Hill, Cook, Dela Fontaine, T. Santini (Machin), Connelly, Farnsworth (Scupham), Jenkins, Halliday, Taylor, Cameron, Pollock. Sub, M. Santini.