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1st XV - Match centre

Bridgnorth
Scunthorpe
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands Premier Full time

Always Good to come home with the points

Long Away Trip made all the Better with a Win

For their trip to Shropshire, The Greens were without Nick Syddall, Dave Garbutt, Paul Cook and Steve Parker. Switching to fullback, Jake Goodison made room for Jamie Bird to make his debut at Scrum-half. Liam Brunt, David Haig and Jess Mathews also joined the squad.

The Game started in heavy rainfall at this picturesque ground with Scunthorpe first to adapt to the conditions. Using their forwards to drive the ball into the home ‘22’, a clever pick up from the ruck and taking the shortest direct route enabled Nick Dyson to steal away for try after only 3 minutes of play. Jake Goodison failed with the conversion but Scunthorpe were in the lead by 5 points to nil. The Salopians did not take long to counter this try with one of their own in the 9th minute, with good handling creating an overlap on the right, for winger Elliott Brooks to score. An excellent strike from Jimmy Gore secured the extra points for a 7 points to 5 advantage to the home boys. Strong Greens pressure gained a penalty which Goodison converted to put the Lincolnshire boys once more in front after 17 minutes by 8 points to 7.

Play was mainly confined to mid-field with neither team able to make any clean breaks. Scunthorpe did win another penalty after 28 minutes which Goodison again put between the posts to extend The Greens advantage by 11 points to 7. Scunthorpe seemed unable to satisfy the referee in some aspects of play, particularly the scrummage where they had a distinct advantage but never gained a penalty decision. As the half-time break approached, the home boys gained a penalty which Gore successfully struck to bring his team to within a point at 11 points to 10.

The early part of the second period saw the Bridgnorth team exert the greater pressure as the rain continued. After 15 minutes Gore slotted his second penalty to put his team in the lead by 13 points to 11. The Greens were still doing most of the defending and after 27 minutes Guy Mychujliuk was sent to the bin followed shortly thereafter by home hooker, Dan Griffiths thereby nullifying any numerical advantage for the home boys.

The Greens now stepped up their game exploiting the advantage in the tight and from a position close to the home line, Ollie Cole capped an outstanding performance when he drove over for a try. The well struck conversion by Goodison put Scunthorpe ahead by 18 points to 13 after 36 minutes of the second period. Most of the pressure now came from The Greens and even though Gareth Mist was binned 3 minutes into injury time, they made certain that they would see out the rest of the game until the final whistle.

A win that was full of character, particularly from the youngsters that game in to plug the gaps, will have pleased coach Tim Robinson. With a week off for cup rugby next week, The Greens will build on this win for their next league encounter on the 14th October when they entertain Nuneaton at Heslam Park. The Nuns gained their second win of the season with an unexpected victory away to high flying Newport (Salop).

Louie Clayton

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Birmingham & Solihull 12 58
2. Newport (Salop) 12 46
3. Peterborough Lions 13 46
4. Sandbach 12 40
5. Doncaster Phoenix 12 39
6. Derby 13 38
7. Scunthorpe 12 34

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