Skegness punished for a sorry start

Skegness 1st XV 10

Southwell 1st XV 47

FOLLOWING last week’s demoralising last second defeat, Skegness travelled to undefeated Southwell and lost to a well-drilled back line.

The game started horribly for the blue and whites as they were 12 points down in the first five minutes of the game.

Southwell’s fullback, winger and inside centre were quick and had good lines of running.

Skegness needed to wake up and they did after 20 minutes of the game. A back row move saw vice captain Jackson pick up from the base of the scrum, and he slipped the ball inside to Divilly, who found Johnson running into space. Dela Fontaine received the ball next, but he was cut down short of the line with five metres to go.

Skegness were awarded a penalty and Jackson was quickest to take the tap, and burrowed his way under the Southwell forwards to score.

Halliday slotted a superb conversion from out wide, which made the score 12-7.

A good spell of about 10 minutes saw Skegness meet the opposition runners and from this pressure they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Captain Halliday stepped up and kicked the points.

With the wind in their sails, the seasiders looked more confident and began to play the open and expansive game they have threatened all season.

Their wind was soon stolen from them, however, as an intercepted pass gave the centre an unopposed run in under the posts.

Not long after this, a misfielded kick from Skegness saw the loose ball bounce kindly into the Southwell winger’s arms to score again under the posts.

The half time score read 26-10 to the home side but for once the Skegness team were enjoying themselves.

The second half was a formality, as Southwell’s back line scored three more converted tries.

Next week, Skegness will travel to Edwardian in Sollihull, Birmingham, in the next round of the Midlands junior vase competition.

Captain Halliday will lead his team in the longest way game of the season, possibly the clubs history.

He sees his first team men progressing into the next round and his men will do all they can to make the dream a reality.

Skegness 1st XV: Brian, J Cook, T Hill, E Hansen, J Holliday, Dela Fontaine, Johnson, Jackson, Divilly, Halliday, Farnsworth, Taylor, Pollock, Jenkins, Hummel; subs, T Santini, M Santini, A Hill.

Skegness 2nd XV 35

Market Rasen 3rd XV 24

SKEGNESS’S budding hopes of creeping their way further towards the top of the league blossomed after Saturday’s tightly fought match against Lincolnshire rivals Market Rasen.

With barely 10 minutes played, Market Rasen scored under the posts and then converted to make it 0-7.

Stirred into action, the home side would then, surprisingly, score 28 unanswered points.

The first came from a scrum on the opposition 22 and followed immense pressure before Cameron drove his way hard over the try line.

Potts converted to level the scores.

The second try came after Richardson side-stepped two opposing players before sprinting 40 yards to tap down, and a second Potts’ conversion made the score 14-7.

The next try was one of pure solo brilliance. The home crowd had hardly finished celebrating the previous try, before they were entertained further by Lucas.

A high, looping Market Rasen kick-off was caught neatly by the flanker, who proceeded to batter his way through no fewer than five Rasen players.

With the pitch opening up in front of him, he sprinted three quarters of the length of the pitch to score.

The conversion kicked, this added another seven points to the Skegness tally, bring the total to 21-7.

After some nice passing Cameron handed off a Rasen player and wrong footed the opposing full-back before striding under the sticks for his second try.

Potts was again accurate with the conversion and the score stood at 28-7 at half-time.

Two unconverted Market Rasen tries in the first 15 minutes of the second-half narrowed things to 28-17.

Not to be out done by the away team, it was Skegness’s turn to score points, and in doing so, they put the game out of reach.

Potts was able to tap down and then converted his own score to pull away and clear at 35-17.

Raisen had the last say, scoring a converted try, but as the final whistle blew it was a tired but happy Skegness XV that had held on for a 35 points to 24 victory.

Skegness Seconds: A Brown (R Linnell), T Farnsworth, D del la Fontaine, A Stennate, A Spears, P Taylor, P Lucas, A Machin, D Hochin, R Cameron, W Roughton, J Fairburn, S Richardson, B Whitwhan, J Potts.