1st XV Lose to Sedgley Park
Still in the game at half time, but 4 quick converted tries takes the game beyond the Greens
With Oli Wood joining the already long list on the Greens injury list, Simon Fisher was called in to deputise in the centre.
The game started in brilliant sunshine, making for excellent game conditions. The home boys once more demonstrated their tight play credentials and had their visitors on the back foot in the scrums. They gained a position within the visiting ‘22’ only for the ball to be turned over and Sedgley injecting pace as they set-off downfield. A couple of rucks later and a neat cross-field kick by Steve Collins, was gathered by Jamie Harrison for a well-worked try. The conversion was missed but the Lancashire boys had laid down a marker after only 4 minutes of play.
Scunthorpe struck back after 10 minutes when they constructed several phases which eventually produced the gap through which Tom Foster ran in the score. This try also remained unconverted but nonetheless levelled the scores. The Visitors once more injected plenty of pace into their play and this time it was the highly mobile hooker Johnny Mathews that was up to take the final scoring pass. Collins failed to add the extras but Sedgley had regained the lead after 13 minutes.
The game was moving end to end at great pace and after 17 minutes Jake Barron drove over from close range for The Greens to level the game with the conversion attempt again wide of the mark. Home kicker Jack Badley made amends with a penalty after 28 minutes to put the Heslam Park boys in front by 13 points to 10.
Sedgley came back late in the first period when they scored two quick-fire tries through Andy Riley and once more Mathews. Collins converted the second try to put his team in the lead by 22 points to 13, after 37 minutes of the first half. As the first period moved into added time, Scunthorpe once more went through the phases in the visitors ‘22’ before finding an opening for Nick Syddall to cross for the try. With badley unable to convert, the teams went into the interval with a score-line of 22 points to 18 in favour of the visitors. There was therefore everything to play for in the second period.
The home faithful were sadly disappointed with their team’s poor start to the second period as the visitors ran in 4 tries within the first ten minutes to effectively kill off the game as a contest. The Score-line had shot up to 48 points to 18 in favour of the Lancashire boys and Scunthorpe were finding it difficult to cope. Credit must be given as they re-grouped and came back with tries in the 20th, 32nd and 40th minutes by Jack Leaning and James Dyson (2).
The Final score-line of 72 points to 33 does not make for comfortable reading but The Greens did manage to get 6 tries which gave them a bonus point. They must however up their second half performances in their remaining two games, which are both away from home, in order to gain more league points and thereby have any chance of saving themselves from relegation.
match Report by LWJClayton