Rugby: Valuable win for Skegness

Skegness 1st XV 15

East Leake 1st XV 12

SKEGNESS secured another home victory after a tough clash at home to third placed East Leake at the weekend.

Leake started the strongest as their powerful running number eight created defensive havoc for the seasiders. He eventually scored from a well drilled mauling line out move.

Skegness were next to score as a barraging and punishing run from the prop Mathews scored a good try.

With the elements against the home side they again struggled to move out of their half. Credible performances from the home side ensured that the try line was not crossed again in the first half.

Skegness could hold their heads high as they survived to the half-way point. All the players now had the luxury of working with the wind.

It was left to the vice-captain Halliday to score a hard fought try. He used all his height and weight to roll over the try line. He converted his own try to make it 12-5.

Leake’s frustration towards the referee boiled over as their scrum half faced a ten minute sin-bin for his comments. Skegness could not capitalise fully on this period of play but they did extend their lead to 15-5 as they were awarded a penalty for off-side in midfield.

But an attempted quick line out from Mathews gave Leake an important lifeline after it allowed the opposition centre to run through and intercept before scoring near the posts. This made the score 15-12 and Skegness now had to ensure no more points could be scored.

Some basic errors in play and tiredness crept into the Skegness team’s bodies and caused gasped breaths from the watching spectators.

Skegness eventually won through as they completed a good home victory and four valuable points.

Skegness 1st XV – S. Stevenson, B. Frost (S. Kime), G. Mathews, A. Machin (A. Hill), Phil Taylor(C), J. Parker, J. Dela Fontaine, N. Jackson, J. Divilly, D. Halliday, J. Smith, C. Walker, J. Hummel, R. Cameron, C. Pollock. (R. Lancaster).