Hmm. When I were a lad, we was learnt to go down the gears one at a time, so you have to say that is a possibility, even if it is not what you want to do.
Presumably, the change gets more co-operative if you double de-clutch?
OTOH, it is possible that the synchro is worn and not as powerful as it would be on a new car (all this missing out gears!), but as you'd have to disassemble the gearbox to do anything about that, you might choose to ignore that possibility.
Another possibility, particularly if the gear change is worse when the oil is cold, is that the oil needs changing. How many miles has the car done?
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