Cleckheaton Colts 21 Scunthorpe Colts 21
Battling away draw for Colts at Cleckheaton.
On Sunday 30th October, Scunthorpe travelled to West Yorkshire to play Cleckheaton in the Yorkshire Senior Colts league. Leading for most of the game, a late try and conversion gave the hosts a share of the spoils.
Scunthorpe kicked off deep into the Cleckheaton half and the opening exchanges saw the game played in the middle half, as each side tried to dominate. The first real scoring chance came on six minutes as a cross-field kick from Jess Matthews was nearly seized upon by winger Devon James, but he failed to gather in the ball. On fifteen minutes, centre Ben Botham created his own space. Just outside his own 22, he cut inside, pinned his ears back and went. Beating defender after defender, he weaved his way to the Cleckheaton 10 yard line but was caught. Managing to pass to winger Piers Sciotti, he nearly went the extra distance but was adjudged to have bounced the ball over the line.
Another Matthews attacking kick had the Greens deep in their opponents’ line. A scrum win had scrum half Archie Swain feed Matthews. He in turn put Morgan Bevan into space, to pass to the looping full back Daniel Sargeant and the final pass to the speedy Sciotti again unlucky not to score. The first score came on 25 minutes. Captain Lewis Meyer aided by Swain held up the advancing Cleckheaton forward to win a scrum on the hosts’ 22. A scrum win by hooker Jack McGrath allowed fast ball to be delivered to centre Bevan , whose crash ball was halted five yards out. Number 8 Bram Hollingsworth was the first to react, as he picked up and battled over beside the posts. Converted by Matthews 7 – 0.
Three minutes later, the lead was extended to 14-0, with an individual try by Swain. Just inside the Scunthorpe half, Hollingsworth stole the ball and passed to Swain. An intelligent chip over was chased with speed and purpose. Burning off the first defender with sheer pace, his grubber kick forward had the retreating Cleckheaton winger in a panic. As Swain battled for the ball, he reacted quickest to his next kick and he gathered in to place the ball over line. Converted by Matthews.
Scunthorpe then settled on their laurels as half time approached. Penalised time and time again, they invited Cleckheaton back into the game. Time and time again, the home side would drive the ball towards the line to stop short but as soon as they passed it out, the Greens’ defence was exposed and the three man overlap was not needed as Scunthorpe failed to make the tackle and the Cleckheaton walked the ball in. Converted to give a half time score of 14 – 7.
The Greens lost influential number 8 Hollingsworth early in the second half and only having one substitute, they had to reshuffle. Unbelievably, the next score came from the home side. Camped in the Cleckheaton 10 yard area, a tap penalty by prop Jonathan Rigby was only supported by two other forwards and the ball was knocked on. From the scrum win, Cleckheaton decided to run and ineffective Scunthorpe tackling saw the ball move 80 yards up the pitch and to eventually be placed under the posts. Converted again 14 – 14.
On 29 minutes of the second half, the Greens’ lead was restored. On the Cleckheaton 22 yard line, crash ball by forwards was making no yardage. The ball eventually came to Matthews, who decided to chip over. The bouncing ball had Cleckheaton in a panic, and the fleet footed Matthews out jumped their last defender, to gather the ball in. Running round under the posts, he dived to score in celebration and convert it himself. 21 –14.
Cleckheaton still had time to equalize. Persistent weak tackling allowed the home side to gain yardage and retain possession and it was not long before they waltzed in again under the posts. Converted, 21-21 was the final score.
1. Shay Hicks
2. Jack McGrath
3. Jonathan Rigby
4. Israel Spry-Brittain
5. Matthew Wormold
6. Lewis Meyer
7. Charlie Hunt
8. Bram Hollingsworth
9. Archie Swann
10. Jess Matthews
11. Devon James
12. Morgan Bevan
13. Ben Botham
14. Piers Sciotti
15. Daniel Sargeant
16. Kristian Martin
17. Richard Northall
18. Ben Falkingham
Report by Carl Meyer