Scunthorpe Stags continue their winning run
Another bonus point performance
Scunthorpe Stags travelled to Wath– on-Dearne on Saturday 3/11 hoping to continue their good form from the previous weeks. At the beginning of the season Scunthorpe were always slow to start but right from the kick off they attacked the Wath try line, the attack only being halted after Jake Goodison was adjudged to have passed the ball forwards. The Scunthorpe forward pack showed their dominance with hooker Matthew Mason being able to steal the ball on the Wath put in. After a series of short pick and go’s by the forwards Goodison spun the ball out to Matthew Field who carved through the defence to score under the posts, Goodison made the extra’s. Mason again stole the ball on a Wath put in and Goodison found Oliver Fielding who made good ground and popped the ball up to the on-rushing Field who scored his second within minute of his first, Goodison again converting. Scunthorpe were beginning to dominate the game and with each attack they made good ground only to halted by more adjudged forward passes, at a ruck right in the middle of the field tenacious scrum half Will Harrison picked the ball up from the ruck and ran through the middle of the ruck to score Scunthorpe’s 3 rd try of the half, Goodison again converting. Scunthorpe at this point began letting Wath into the game and they were beginning to get into the heart of the Scunthorpe territory. During one of Wath’s attack one of their players sustained a serious knee injury which meant that the ref after discussion with the 2 captains decided to end the first half early whilst they waited for an ambulance. Fortunately, the ambulance arrived after about 30 minutes and it was decided that the game could be played out in full with the score at the start of the second half Wath 0 Scunthorpe 21. As would be expected after a long break in play the second half didn’t quite live up to the excitement of the first half. Wath were now more assured in the scrum and were attacking but Scunthorpe’s defence held firm. At a Scunthorpe lineout the ball was delivered quickly to Harrison who found Goodison he in turn finding Jay Johnson who made a great run bursting through tackles only to be halted metres from the line, the forwards sensing a try threw themselves at the try line but it was Harrison who made the vital lunge to score, Goodison again converting. Wath again attacked but Scunthorpe stole the ball and after a series of good runs by Jess Matthews and Simon Fisher, Field was given the ball to score his probably easiest try of the day completing his hat trick. Wath in defence kicked the ball to touch just inside the Scunthorpe half and quick-thinking Matthews took a quick line out passing the ball to Field who went from one side of the field to the other and found Jack Brunt who showed his pace to score, Goodsion being unable to get the extra’s. The final Scunthorpe try came after a great line break by the irascible Harrison who had Goodison on his shoulder to pass to and score, Goodison himself being unable to convert. In what was a strange last 5 minutes with the referee seemingly forgetting he had stated that a scrum was to be last play of the game and then continuing to play on, Wath were camped within metres of the Scunthorpe try line but Scunthorpe were determined not to allow Wath a consolation try and managed to get the ball and kick it out to end the game , Wath 2nds 0 – Scunthorpe Stags 43.