Skegness RFC Second XV 29-12 North Hykeham

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Skegness RFC Second XV carried on their impressive early season form with a hard-fought home win over North Hykeham.

There were several changes from the previous week’s victorious XV through first team call-ups, but the team still had a good blend of youth and experience.

A sloppy start saw the Seasiders concede too many needles penalties which allowed Hykeham to storm into a 12-0 lead against the wind with two tries. The second, a penalty try, came with the hosts on the back foot after having skipper Wheeler sin-binned for 10 minutes for a dubious decision of coming in from the side.

A long-range Potts penalty reduced the arrears and gave Skegness a platform on which to build. The forwards began to dominate and after Wheeler made good ground from a breakdown, he offloaded to Hardy who powered over for the final score of the half to make it 12-10 at half-time.

Skegness played the second half into a strong wind, but dominated territory and were rewarded when full-back Denholm scored a superb solo try, breaking several tackles before going under the posts. Potts converted and Skegness led for the first time.

Hykeham hit back, but a much more disciplined home side repelled several attacks, and Hardy broke from midfield to score his second try. Potts’ conversion made it 24–12.

Hill was sin-binned for the last 10 minutes for a foolish offside which gave the visitors renewed hope, but excellent defence kept them out, with the scrum performing brilliantly to retain possession.

With the last play, after another strong scrum, the ball was shipped to Turner on the wing who reaped his reward for some strong running by touching down in the corner to cap a 29–12 win.

Another very encouraging display for Skegness who showed great determination to come back from early setbacks as the youngsters continue to improve.

Man-of-the-match was Anthony Hardy, while the muppet-of-the-match award went to skipper Chris Wheeler for his early sin-bin.

Skegness: Wheeler, Foxwell, Farnsworth, Holmes, Birch, Bagshaw, Hill, Hardy, Thomas, Bradley, Potts, Hotchen, Buxton, Sumo, Mckinlay, Turner, McCrimmon.