Scunthorpe v Goole u13
Remembrance Sunday game
Today didn't start to great, hooker Greeny succumbed to a cold, then the water only ran warm from the taps, meaning the magic half time water wasn't available, no top quality H2O at Oglesby Park!
It got better from there on in though, an impeccably observed 2 minute silence, Goole to their credit still travelled with 10, where a lot of teams would have said stuff it, they came to give the kids a run out, what it gave us the opportunity to do was lend 4 to Goole meaning we played 14 v 13 in Gooles favour but all the lads were going to play a full hour.
2 x 30 mins were decided on and in the refs words "come on quick squeeze and lets get on with it" - so we did. We decided that during the warm up the 2 players stood on either wing, at the exact time we talked about it would play for Goole for the first half, in a twist of fate it took big ball carrier Dan, Will Horner and Jack Standerline - so that's both our wingers and Adam out of the row.
It did give the chance for Oliver Stirk to come in for his first start and Dylan onto the wing to carry on where he left off against Hull a couple of weeks ago.
We kicked off and we soon turned Goole over to put them under pressure with a rip in the tackle by Charley Wilkinson, the ball was passed through hands to Isaac who stretched over the line, Scunthorpe attacked again and Josh Hebenstreit took a decent pass and ran in, he then did the same shortly after Goole scored (scoring after some lacklustre attempts at tackles allowed Goole to spin it wide), the relentless attack continued and Dylan was a grateful recipient of the ball from Isaac - who with Jack Murr at 10 were orchestrating the backs, Dylans try come following a good clear out of the ruck by the forwards.
Alfie T was next popping up in the backs and having players outside him muscled over himself. The last try of the half came from a steal in the tackle by Dante who managed to gut pass to Charley who wrestled free his arms and gave it to Jack Murr, who still had plenty to do but got over for his score.
Half over and the pack was dominant in the scrums with Jake Sephton and Josh Cappell Fenwick on the same side complimenting the other side of the scrum.
We welcomed the players back and gave them Josh, Dante, Dylan, and Jake Sephton, who all went on to be Gooles best players this half. So we set off in the same vain as before superb play in the backs, gave us the opportunity to spin the ball wide, Jack Murr unselfishly giving the ball to Jack Standerline on the line for him to score from minus 1 yard, this was deserved for the amount of times, not just in this game, but the amount of times he is in support.
Josh then scored from distance - twice - but for Goole, to be honest Goole could have been in on numerous occasions but for Lewis and his usual disrespect for his own body and the usual 804 tackles he makes a game, without wanting to swell his head too much is there a better fullback? Ben Smith or Izzy Folau maybe?
Oliver nearly went in for a couple of tries and what was pleasing was hearing the shouts of give the ball to Ollie, the lads willing him, over the line. Dan Longden hit a superb line through the middle and we were pleased he was doing it in green and not blue again. Will playing scrum half was zipping passes and it's going to be a battle royal between him and Dante for a starting spot at 9 - bit of a head scratcher but nice position to be in.
Jake 'Dunky' Kreamer also went close stealing a ball in a ruck and just being held up, but it was Scott Kelly who scored our final try carrying over most of the Goole team with him.
Well done to everyone especially those who went to play for Goole without comment or complaining, showing the true spirit of rugby is alive and well in Scunthorpe.
Lots to work on but more pleasing than not.
Dylan took man of match from the kids and the coaches, all action display, good strong tackling and rewarded with a try.
Onto next week to a new team in Mosborough!! sounds good....