Gainsborough Maoris were beaten 28-12 at Skegness on Saturday, despite a tremendous start to the game.
The Maoris travelled to the coast to play Skegness in a cold and windy encounter that made kicking a bit more trickier than normal, with a squad that had the luxury of replacements.
Nathan Gardener and Martin Roberts, who have been out of action for some time, returned as they attempt to get back to match fitness.
Gainsborough started very well with an early break through coming in the first five minutes when a loose ball was picked up by the Maoris winger Liam Flower who went over to score, Sean Parker convertng.
From the restart Skegness attacked Gainsborough by applying pressure in the away side’s 22, but conceded possessionand the ball was kicked back into Skegness territory.
The ball landed in Flower’s path and he collected it then ran through oncoming challenges to cross the home side’s try line for Gainsboroughs second and final try of the match.
Skegness however regrouped and got their act together and came back at Gainsborough to run in two converted tries to take the lead into half-time at 14-12.
Throughout the whole game Gainsborough made plenty of great tackles which also prevented tries and produced some good scrummaging.
Skegness would then go on to scoring two converted tries to win the game with a commanding deficit.
Gainsborough Maoris gave Skegness a really tough game and the score ine gives an invalid perspective on the actual match itself.
Gainsboroughs man of the match went to the only try scorer Liam Flower on the wing.