Retford blew Skegness away in a dominant opening 10 minutes. From turnover ball and a solid set piece Ryan Mellins showed great footwork to open the scoring with the first converted try. Simon Phillips was next to spot a gap and beat multiple defenders to score and take Retford 12-0 up. With no let off, all 15 players contributed to positive attacking play, with great handling from forwards Howard and Driver putting Ben Wilson in for the third. It was then Mikey Philips’s turn to take advantage of great handling by the back line to score the bonus point try, converted by Preece. Mellins was unfortunate to be denied a second over the line, but Retford were persistent with platform built by the forwards, this time to allow Ed Driver to power over for yet another converted try. Following a Retford yellow card, a consolation Skegness try left the score at 5-29 at half time.
Skegness started brightly after the break with a second try, but Retford’s stronger territorial gains allowed them to convert Skegness mistakes into points. Captain Preece gathered loose lineout ball to stroll in for his first try and soon scored a second when Jordan Mee cleverly popped up out of contact to Preece in support, going on to convert his own try. 41-12 to Retford. Josh Freeman then proved wingers can actually catch as he hung on out wide to add to his growing try tally. Retford’s final try came from Rob Purdew who started brilliantly at 9 and in switching positions to centre, showed of his pace as he seemed to breeze past the defence to run 50 meters to score. Skegness earned a try bonus point and made the most of a debatable yellow card to Retford’s Wilson in the late stages. Man of the Match was Dave Howard for another fine performance as the Green Army make it 16 wins in a row!