Skegness 1st XV 23
Boston 1st XV 20
SKEGNESS entertained Boston in the league at the weekend in a very close and tense affair.
Both teams hoped for victory and valuable league points which would decide their fate next season.
Boston came out the strongest and had a number of kicks at goal due to Skegness indiscipline. One such attempt hit one upright before bouncing onto the crossbar then onto the other upright before the ball bounced agonisingly back into the field of play.
Jackson secured possession and won a penalty to clear the Skegness line.
Boston eventually scored three points to take the lead at 3-0. but Halliday immediately responded by scoring three points of his own to level the score at 3-3.
Smith scored a strong try down the blind side after Divilly fed him the ball in full flight. Halliday could not convert, and this made the score 8-3.
Halliday scored the next try after a strong run from the scrum half Divilly. The number nine fielded a kick on half way, a couple of dummy passes and a good line saw him race towards the try line. Covering tacklers brought him down five metres out.
A quick ruck ball gave Halliday the space to run in a try to make the score 13-3.
Boston responded with a converted try of their own after a charged down kick from a Skegness scrum in their own 22, making the score 13-10.
Boston continued to pile on the pressure and eventually tied the game 13-13 with a penalty.
Halliday slotted another penalty to steal the lead back from Boston after good open field play from Dela-Fontaine, who created havoc on the fringes, and the score was now 16-13 in the home side’s favour.
Skegness began to lose concentration and, much to the dismay of the supporting fans, they lost the lead with three minutes to play as the fly half beat two Skegness tacklers to score near the posts. He converted his own try to make the score 16-20 to the travelling team.
Time was against the home side wearing black because of the colour clash and it was the all blacks who had to step up and be counted or lose at home. Various attacks were stopped and new incursions were created and repelled.
With the eightieth minute reached the game was surely over for the home team. Skegness had one final chance to win the game with a scrum on the five metre line.
Boston committed a number of penalties which kept giving the home side the opportunity to steal the game, and eventually Halliday’s tap penalty found Smith cutting back against the grain to score the winning try which Halliday converted to make the score 23-20.
It was a truly epic local derby which entertained the home and away supporters immensely.
Next week, Skegness have their last league fixture away against Chesterfield, and have the chance to finish fourth in the league.
Skegness: Frost (J Dela Fontaine), T Hill, Lancaster, Taylor, A Hill (R Cameron), Parker, Johnson, Machin, Divilly, Halliday, J Cameron, Jackson, Smith, Kime (Pollock), Cook.