Greens fall short in Corbridge
Tynedale take 5pts against nil points for Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe travelled to the wonderful rural setting of Tynedale Park at Corbridge in Northumberland for a game where any points were important in the fight against relegation. In the continued absence of Paul Cook, Eddie Newsum and Olly Wood, Tim Robinson selected the versatile Ash Dibdin at centre and the equally adaptable Adam Middleton at fullback.
Neither team made any significant impression in the early stages but it was Ash Smith who put the home side ahead after 7 minutes of play. The Greens, with the stronger set piece, were starting to get more of both territory and possession and after 25 minutes Ash Dibdin intercepted and made ground before sending James Dyson in from 30 metres. The conversion was unsuccessful but Scunthorpe had now taken the lead. Tynedale attempted to up the tempo of play and spread the ball wide but were frustrated by some solid defence hence the sides going in at half-time with the scores remaining unchanged at 5 points to 3 in favour of The Greens.
The first 10 minutes of the second period again saw both teams sparring for dominance when the home boys had Ben Bell yellow carded for diving on a player attempting to recover the ball on the floor. This event seemed to galvanise the home team and it was only two minutes later that they scored their opening try when a tackle was missed in mid-field and a try scored on the left by Will Miller. Smith was unable to convert but was successful with his effort following a score by Scott Powell 17mins into the second half, for a 15 points to 5 lead.
The Greens kept plugging away and felt rather hard done by due to some of the refereeing calls but it was sloppy defence that cost them another try after 35 minutes. Smith was unable to improve this score which stung Scunthorpe into action for which they gained a try wide on the right through Sam Morgan. Johnson’s conversion attempt went just wide but Scunthorpe had reduced the areas to 20 points to 10. Tynedale scored again just before the final whistle through Graeme Dunn which gained his team a bonus point and condemned The Greens to another disappointing defeat.
Following a really solid first half performance where they may well have had more that just the one score, the second half was rather disappointing.
Match Report by LWJClayton