Nottingham Boots Corsairs 45
Skegness 1st XV 12: SKEGNESS 1st XI travelled to Nottingham and were beaten quite convincingly by the Boots Corsairs 1st XV, although the score did not reflect the game in general.
Skegness started the strongest and pinned the home side in their 22 metre area, but constant pressure paid no dividends for the blue and whites, as three basic errors cost the team dearly.
With the score 0-0 after the first quarter, the game turned sour for the visitors, and within the space of fifteen minutes the home side had scored 21 points.
This was a harsh way to end the first half after all their hard work.
In the second half, Skegness had the wind at their backs and hoped to capitalise on the elements.
Again, good phases of play looked promising for the blue and whites, but yet again, key decision making and a lack of players at the breakdown saw the ball lost and the home side extended their lead to 33-0 with two converted tries.
Finally a break for the seasiders came when good, quick, ruck ball gave the back line time to run at the opposition, two key offloads and quick hands gave R Cameron a run to the line to score. Smith hit the post with his conversion attempt.
Skegness won the ball in the loose again, and Cameron fed the hooker Hummel, who ran half the pitch to score another try. Smith converted this time to make the score 33-12.
Skegness looked to have mustered a fight back, but again complacency and a lack of support saw the home side deliver a right hook to floor the Skegness team by scoring two more tries.
This ended the match and the tired, battered, bruised and bloody players left the field of play.
Skegness can reflect on some excellent passages of play and all 15 players can hold their heads up high.