It was perfect Rugby weather at Heslam Park for the "friendly" fixture. Beverley 2nds had a storming season last year winning all but one game and winning the league title. This year though seems to be a different story for them. After speaking to one of the players they have lost a few players this season and many struggle to travel.
Scunthorpe 3rds are at present unbeaten this season, having played 8 , 6 being league matches and 2 friendlies. And winning all 8.
The 3rd team were missing a few key players due to injury and "family commitments" but we managed to call up some familiar faces who slotted into the team without any noticeable disruption. Captain duties for the day were undertaken by Nay Turner as our regular captain was away. After losing the toss the Beverley captain opted to play with the wind behind them, the captain was also unhappy that he had to go into the front row as there prop couldn't travel ( or the thought of prop-ing against Nay Turner might of made him upset also).
From the off Scunthorpe were out for another win , within minutes Woody (Chris Wood) going over in the corner after some good forward play and some neat hands in the backs. Not long after the re-start Chris Whitely went over after some good support play from the backs.
Next up was Chris Redmile, with a solid run and a swift side step he beat 2 defenders to run under the sticks for a great individual try. Redmile spurred the other players on and set the tempo for the rest of the game.
Beverley seemed to settle down and their defence became more organised and kept the Scunthorpe attack away from the try line for a period of time, this was until they gave away a penalty in front of the posts for not rolling away. The penalty was taken quickly by Coulty (Mick Coult) who went into contact and managed to roll over the line for another score. Play seemed to even out from this point with Nay Turner and Guy Mychaluk making some good runs and with some excellent support play being at its best seeing the ball recycled and flowing down to the backs. Scunthorpe were becoming a little complacent and started to make unforced errors . A few forward passes and not rolling away from the point of tackle.
After 30mins the captain made his first substitutions and coming off the bench was Clarke Murray for Woody, Ben Wright for Guy Mychaijluk, Ben Sass for Dan Mather and Calum Waldron for Marty Ellis.
Play continued and Scunthorpe were dominant in all areas, particularly in the scrums. The Beverley pack were being pushed all over the park, and the moans from there forwards could be heard. When the half time whistle went the referee approached Nay Turner with the captain of Beverley and asked if we could either lend them a prop forward or could it go uncontested. I opted to ask the team, as this was a friendly fixture and it was decided that we would go uncontested in the scrums, to the great delight of the Beverley captain.
The 2nd half kicked off and it was Scunthorpe who came out the blocks with fire and determination and after some strong running from Matty Ellis resulting in Nath Clarke going over for the first try of the half before going on to complete his hat-trick.
Beverley then came back at Scunthorpe with some flair and passion and the need to get some points on the board. The ball was stolen from Scunthorpe in Beverley's own 22 and then passed to there backs to start the attack. This attack was looking very promising with a Beverley player looking as though he was home and dry and the try line was his next point of call, but for him to be tackled by Nay Turner, it is still unsure how Nay managed to catch the player but the several Ibuprofen tablets taken before the game must of worked... The ball was then recycled very quickly and Beverley scored on the other side of the pitch for a well deserved try.
A special mention must go to Sassy, for his usual bullocking running and the fact he scored 4 tries and was only on the pitch for 38mins.
The Man of the Match award goes to Nath Clarke this week for an outstanding display in both attack and defence, with Chris Redmile following close behind.
The Beverley captain asked after 28minutes of the second half if we could call it a day and stop the match. To which Nay Turner agreed.
Another good performance from the rd team with the final score being 68-5. Making it now 9 out of 9.
The 3rd's are back on League action next Saturday when they host Selby 2nd's.
Match Report By Nathan Turner