Scrappy Affair but a Wins a Win
Man of the Match Jake Barron
Report from Luctonians:
A scrappy affair at Luctonians saw Scunthorpe prevail and keep their hopes of survival alive with a 19-25 away win.
The away side only travelled with 17 players but they used their pack strength to slow a youthful Luctonians, who were intent on playing a running game on what were excellent conditions at Mortimer Park. But for both sides the opportunity to play free flowing rugby was spoilt by some strange decisions from the officials which killed the game as a spectacle.
Lucs opened the scoring in the first minute when Joe Doyle’s break put Henry Monkley over with Louis Silver adding the extras.
The excellent Jake Barron for Scunthorpe put the away side back in the game with a try after 7 minutes and following a yellow card for Lucs Dan Smith they increased their lead with a Jack Badley penalty. Lucs were penalised deep in their 22 and Henry Monkley was also carded for Lucs and Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty try, Badley converting.
Late at the end of the first half the away side deservedly increased their lead when Colin Chapman crossed the whitewash with Badley again converted for a 22-7 lead.
Half Time: 7-22
The home side played virtually the whole of the second half in Scunthorpe’s half and Frank Kelly’s try on 56 minutes following a delightful kick through from Will Hodnett and Louis Silver‘s try and conversion on 68 minutes brought the score back to a 3 point difference. However Lucs were penalised all too often when in try scoring positions and Scunthorpe’s defence held firm in what were draining conditions for both sides. Scunthorpe secured the points when Badley added a penalty late into the second half and have to be applauded for their mammoth efforts against the odds to secure the victory.
Full Time: 19-25
Doyle, Knight, Allsopp, Hodnett, Kelly, Jones, Silver; Powell, Kirkby, White, Smith, Hutchinson, Monkley, Hackley, Dodd
Replacements: Street, Watkins, Morell, Tawik, Hearle
Tries: Monkley (1), Kelly (58), Silver (68)
Conv: Silver (2, 69)
Chapman, Badley, Dibden, Morgan, Passmoor, Foster, Middleton; Mychujiak, Mist, Cole, Syddall, Dyson, Elliot, Barron, Bournes
Replacements: Garbutt, Jepson
Tries: Barron (7), Pen Try (29), Chapman (35)
Conv: Badley (30, 36)
Pens: Badley (22, 78)
Star Man: Jake Barron (Scunthorpe)