Greens overcome a tough Derby encounter
5 more league points and an NLD Cup win
The fixture at Heslam park was played as a double header, the home league fixture and the 1st round of the NLD Cup
Derby were first to come out the blocks and made the early running. With Derby on the front foot an infringement by Scunthorpe led to fly half George Castledine putting the ball between the posts from the penalty, soon to be followed by another penalty for a 6 point lead. The Greens eventually got into their stride, and Derby were pressed back toward their own line. With Derby off their feet at the ruck Paul Cook had an opportunity to put Scunthorpe on the score sheet but his effort went wide.
A further penalty against Derby saw Tom Foster put the ball to the corner and eventually after a text book catch and drive, and pick and goes tight head Oli Cole powered over for a try, converted by Paul Cook, to take the score to 7-6 in favour of the home side.
Derby then pressed again into the Scunthorpe half Willmott making some driving runs ably supported by his fellow players , but sound defensive work brought the onslaught to a halt and a long raking kick down into the Derby 22 chased by Cook and Chapman forced the Derby winger into touch. Scunthorpe won their lineout, but the driving maul was collapsed by Derby and from the ensuing penalty Oli Cole crashed over again for his second try, and with the conversion missed the score was 12-6. On 38 mins Oli Cole was at it again , good counter rucking from the Greens in Derby 22 with the ball eventually to Cole who powered over again from 10 meters taking derby defenders with him and a hat trick of tries for the tight head prop, 17-6.
Derby then came back into the game. A kick into the Scunthorpe 22 was fumbled by the home defence and the Derby chasers snatched up the loose ball to put flanker Josh Pearson in for their first try, 17-11. Derby could have and should have taken a further score just before half time but Luke Willmott for some unknown reason lost control of the ball in the act of scoring and so missed a great opportunity , with a conversion to go into half time with a lead, but instead the score remained at 17-11 in favour of the home side.
The early parts of the second half saw some wayward tactical kicking and careless passing by Scunthorpe providing Derby with chances to take the lead which only the determined Greens defence thwarted.
Scunthorpe broke the deadlock however, with young winger Liam Brunt, a late call up to the team, touching down after his pace and dodge beat the Derby defence. Then Greens No 8 Ben Hyde powered through the visitors defencive line and outpaced their cover defence to touch down it seemed that the home side, at 29-11, had the game ‘in the bag’
The resilient Derby boys however had other ideas and produced their best play of the afternoon to work a sweeping, many phased, attack that put right winger Jake Roome over in the corner.
Scunthorpe lifted their game again and centre Oli Wood powered and swerved his way through the visitors defence to score, followed by a well deserved try by Green’s flanker Grant Elliot as the result of yet another forward drive.
The last score however went to Derby when the ever present and influential Luke Willmott out paced the home defence and this time successfully grounded the ball to make the final score 41-21.
Match Report by K.Robinson