Skegness 1st XV 3, East Retford 1st XV 29

THE game started at frantic pace with both teams coming out of the blocks at 100mph, however the score remained at a stalemate for the first quarter.

The away side began to crank up the pressure on Skegness and took the lead when a sliced kick from the home winger allowed the Retford fullback to collect the ball and score unopposed.

Retford now had the wind in their sails and soon added a scored try which was successfully converted to make it 12-0 at half time.

The second half began in a similar fashion to that of the first, but this time it was Skegness who scored the first points when they slotted a penalty between the posts to close the gap to 12-3.

Unfortunately for the Seasiders this would be as good as it got because the travelling team were allowed to finish the game off.

More errors cost Skegness the game, firstly with no cover at fullback, Retford managed to retrieve the ball and scramble over the line to record their third try.

Following this, a well worked switch move in midfield allowed the fullback to ghost through a number of tackles to score his second of the game.

The final nail in the coffin came when the Retford fly half attempted a ‘show and go’ and along with half-hearted attempts at making the tackle, managed to work his way through the defence to score under the posts. The conversion was made and the score was 29-3.

Going into the final 10 minutes Skegness tried to muster some sort of challenge for the travelling team, this job was made more difficult however when the hosts were reduced to 14 players due to arguing with the referee.

Skegness will go away from this game knowing that they simply weren’t good enough. Improvements need to be made in a number of areas should they want to produce performances reminiscent of that from earlier in the season.

Skegness 1st XV - Lancaster, Hill, Frost (Brian), Nuttall (Hill), Holiday (Sheldon), Lucas (Machin), De La Fontaine, T. Santini, Divilly, Farnsworth, M. Santini (Hummel), Halliday, Taylor, Cameron, Pollock.