Horncastle RFC 14-14 Skegness RFC
With bragging rights up for grabs in the third meeting of Horncastle and Skegness on Saturday it was a very physical encounter.
Both teams had won one, lost one in their previous clashes and it was a tough start with neither side managing to dictate the play.
The first try came when the ball was hacked through, Horncastle secured possession and followed up with quick hands leading to Phil Wingham getting his first try since returning to the club. The try was converted by Jacob Wells giving Horncastle a seven point lead at half time.
The second half began with some hard hits from both teams with Horncastle’s scrum performing excellently against a much larger Skegness pack.
However, it wasn’t long before Skegness used their greater physical presence to crash under the posts leaving a simple conversion to tie the scores at 7-7.
With Skegness realising they had a tactic that worked they crashed over from close range once more taking the score to 7-14.
Horncastle responded positively to the added pressure, stringing together some good phases of play, but it wasn’t until the last few minutes of the match that they were able to get a try back of their own.
Some excellent sniping from Ben Kisby at the breakdown secured good field position allowing Jacob Wells to go over for a try and convert to tie the scores at 14-14.
Horncastle’s next fixture is at home to North Hykeham on February 21. Training is every Tuesday from 7pm at the rugby pitch. New players of any ability are always welcome.