The greens travelled to York with a useful squad with Drewry and Redmile returning to action in the forwards and young prospect Will Harrison making his debut at scrum half. Life on the road has been difficult for the greens this term so coming up against a team currently sitting second in the league table and full of confidence on the back of two high scoring victories over the previous weeks, the greens knew they were up against it.
The game started out just as Scunthorpe expected with York firing on all cylinders and the visitors found themselves chasing an early 12 point defecit. As is the norm the greens struggled to get going in the early exchanges and York capitalised as a result of a charge down when the greens attempted to clear their lines, shortly followed by an excellent kick and chase by the hosts winger which set up play for their forwards to go over in the corner.
This was a huge wakeup call for the greens and they responded in typical fashion. The forwards clicked into gear with Bournes, Johal and Mychaijluk leading from the front, demonstrating some fierce defencive play as well as offering attacking options in open play. This allowed the back row of Sass, Stow and Drewry to link up with the backs and create overlapping opportunities. It was the latter who registered the greens first points of the afternoon. Ben Sass set off on a mazy only to be caught on the York 22, the ball was recycled to Nick Baker who then found Drewry in centre field. Drewry had a number of options now with numbers outside but as he ran at the opposition the defencive line opened up so Drewry backed himself to run in the score. Ian Lee added the extras to leave the score at 12-7 to York.
Scunthorpe were then dealt a double sucker punch as the York inside centre ran the length of the pitch to score, shortly followed by a penalty to round off the first half scoring. The greens went into the break knowing they had a mountain to climb at 7-22 but judging on previous performances the greens are renowned for finishing the stronger so everything was still to play for. What no one could have anticipated was the shear dominance of the visitors in the second period with York barely getting their hands on the ball.
HALF TIME – YORK 22 V 7 SCUNTHORPE
The greens started the second half like a house on fire and from that moment on they dominated the York forwards in every aspect of play which allowed the visiting backs to get into the game. Scunthorpe started to play some exciting rugby and it didn’t take long to register some points. Will Harrison broke free from the base of ruck and put Rick Lee into space to score in the corner with brother Ian adding the conversion to reduce the defecit to 14-22.
Rick Lee then turned provider as he broke through the York centres with some strong running. Lee was caught up by the hosts full back but a swift offload allowed the supporting Ben Sass to run in unopposed. Ian Lee again added the extras and Scunthorpe were now within a point at 21-22.
The greens were now in ascendancy playing with great confidence and all the belief in the world that they would go on to win. Everyone from 1 to 15 wanted the ball in hand, in particular Redmile and Clarke who made themselves available at every attacking opportunity as they had done all afternoon. Drewry, Stow and Mychaijluk were simply unstoppable going forward as well as standing like brick walls in defence while Harrison and Baker ran the show at 9 and 10, creating endless opportunities for Lee and Colcome in the centres.
Now in the final 10 minutes of the game the greens set up camp in the York 22 and soon took the lead through Guy Mychaijluk. The forwards had rumbled on from the half way line before releasing the backs but Mychaijluk came steaming up on the inside of Baker to receive the ball and smash his way through the York forwards to score. Much to his delight Mychaijluk celebrated rugby league style, tossing the ball in the air and screaming at the top of his voice. Ian Lee converted the difficult conversion from out wide and the greens were now on the verge of a memorable victory.
Scunthorpe looked to close the game off and they did this with a penalty. Good pressure from the greens resulted in York entering a maul from the side, allowing Lee to extend the lead beyond a single score 22-31. York had the opportunity to earn a losing bonus point in the last minute but missed the chance and the game ended there.
Man of the match went to Guy Mychaijluk and Will Harrison. Guy showing true grit and determination especially with his defencive work and Will confidently ran the show at scrum half.
FULL TIME – YORK 22 V 31 SCUNTHORPE