Narrow win helps to maintain title charge

Skegness 1st XV 13

Ashfield 1st XV 12

Skegness played against Ashfield in the latest round of the Midlands 4 East (North) league. The seasiders scored first from a penalty kicked by captain Halliday.

Smith then notched another try for the season as he latched onto a box kick. The kick looked too long, but an infield bounce deceived the defender as the winger jumped to take the ball over the line to score and Halliday duly kicked the conversion to make the score 10-0.

Skegness were reduced to ten men in the 33rd minute after the prop was yellow carded for foul play in the line out.

Ashfield were awarded a penalty try after defenders were lined up blatantly in front of the back foot. This made the score 10-7 at the break.

Halliday kicked another penalty in the second half to extend the home side’s advantage to 13-7, but Skegness continued to give away numerous penalties in try scoring areas.

Ashfield scored a try in the last quarter as another chip-over resulted in a try as the scrum half retrieved the fly half’s kick, only to return the ball for the number ten to score.

A tense few moments were witnessed as the Ashfield kicker looked to take the lead.

The kick was missed and Skegness still had their noses in front with the score at 13-12.

The blue and whites of Skegness then squandered three clear overlaps as decision making by the ball carrier wasted try scoring opportunities.

Luckily this did not affect the final score as Skegness clung on to take the win.

Skegness are now in third position, two points behind second and four points off the top placed team Boston, who are still undefeated.

Skegness travel to play in a local derby against Horncastle next week and captain Halliday will be hoping for an early Christmas present.

Skegness 1st XV - Lancaster, Lucas, Frost, Holiday (Taylor), T. Santini, Cummings, Cook, Dean, Divilly, Halliday, Smith, Scupham, M. Santini (Haigh), Jenkins, Mawer.

Skegness 2nd XV travelled to Scunthorpe for a league fixture arranged at short notice, to find a very strong home side whose powerful pack dominated the early phases of play.

Skegness soon found themselves 14-0 down, however this prompted an admirable rearguard with some resilient defence and tremendous tackling.

As this squad has shown in the past, they refuse to throw in the towel and in the second half stemmed the flow of points and indeed scored a deserved try through Spikings.

Scunthorpe ran out deserved winners, but skipper Andy Hill was greatly encouraged by the commitment and fight demonstrated by all of the Skegness players.

Skegness - Farnsworth, Linnell, Turner, Tasker, Hill, Spiers, Machin, Nuttall, Cameron, Delafontayne, Bignell, Brian, Spikings, Hummell, Hotchen.