Scunthorpe travelled to Sandal on Saturday 17/12/16 to play their last league fixture of 2016.
Sandal started the game the brighter of the two teams and played with confidence and determination and had the majority of play and possession. Scunthorpe showed glimpses of their attacking flair and after two such attacks crossed the try line only for the Sandal defence to hold the ball up and relieve the pressure. Sandal were the first to score after being awarded a penalty in the 17th minute and were 3 – 0 up. Sandal continued to press their attack with Scunthorpe players having difficulty halting the powerful runs of the opposition forwards. Scunthorpe’s defence was finally beaten after Sandal were awarded a penalty and switched the ball from one side of the field to the other to score in the corner, Sandal were unable to convert the try. The first half ended with a score of Sandal 8 Scunthorpe 0.
The second half started with Scunthorpe knowing that they would need to score first to bring them back into the game. After 5 minutes Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty in a kickable position and man of the moment Jake Barrett stepped up to calmly slot the ball in between the posts Sandal 8 Scunthorpe 3. After only two more minutes Barrett kicked over the onrushing defence, chased the ball and showing his footballing skills kicked the ball on twice and touched down near the posts, Sandal 8 Scunthorpe 8. Barrett again stepped up to slot the conversion to give Scunthorpe the lead for the first time in the game. Both teams continued to attack but neither defence was breached, with 10 minutes to go Sandal were within Scunthorpe 22 but the Scunthorpe defence held strong and more importantly did not concede any penalties , a Sandal drop goal attempt was unsuccessful. Scunthorpe managed to work their way back up the field and were awarded a scrum which they duly and gratefully kicked the ball out to end the game. The Sandal team need to be congratulated for playing an excellent game of rugby which nearly brought Scunthorpe 100% record to an end.