Skegness punished for making a woeful start

Skegness 1st XV 10

Long Eaton 1st XV 16

SKEGNESS had a two-and-a-half hour drive to play Long Eaton in the league, travelling with a strong squad, and captain Halliday was hoping for a five point haul.

Skegness failed to get out the blocks on the opening whistle, and the home side punished the seasiders for their lacklustre endeavours.

Skegness found themselves facing a 13-0 deficit and the first half could only be described as a forgotten 40 minutes.

The travelling team continuously put themselves under pressure and good attacking territory was thrown away as simple basic penalties were conceded, allowing the Long Eaton side to clear their lines.

Captain Halliday was furious, and changes had to be made. The second half, again, saw the blue and whites giving away silly penalties and one of these was converted to make the score 16-0.

After 45 minutes of rugby, Skegness finally woke up and began to play nearer their full potential. Halliday kicked to clear his lines and the unlikely bounce of a rugby ball saw Blair hack the ball forwards to chase and touchdown in the corner, making the score 5-16.

Skegness set up camp in the home side’s half and rarely left the opposition’s defensive territory.

Halliday scored next, as a pre-planned attacking move was used from the base of the scrum, and vice-captain Jackson and captain Halliday were involved as the captain narrowed the gap to 10-16.

Continuous pressure and a Long Eaton yellow card allowed Skegness numerous opportunities to score tries and seek the maximum points.

Unfortunately, the valiant attempts to win the game were thwarted by simple errors which condemned the Skegness team to a defeat.

The blue and whites did, however, gain a valuable losing point and they were left to wonder what should have been.

All 20 players can look at themselves and work on attacking technical issues ready for East Leake, at home next week.

Skegness: Frost, Cook, Lancaster, Halliday, Jackson, Parker, A Hill, Taylor, Farnsworth, Halliday, Divilly, Mawer, Jenkins, Cameron, Kime; subs, T Hill, Brian, Hummel, Hanson, Blair.