Scunthorpe Colts 19 Hullensians Colts 10
Solid team performance from the Francis Flower Colts gives a hard fought victory.
On Sunday February 19th, Scunthorpe Colts played host to East Yorkshire side Hullensians at Heslam Park. In contrast to last week's very wet and freezingly cold conditions, in just about perfect conditions, the Colts ground out a victory against a visiting side determined not to roll over, in probably the most entertaining match the Colts have played in this season.
The kick off from Hullensians was nicely taken by winger Devon James and securing possesion with good drives, Scunthorpe were soon in their opponents' half. Territory was wasted as Scunthorpe were penalised but the Greens' dominant lineout would soon pay dividends, as it did all afternoon. On 6 minutes, a lineout secured by Matty Wormold, was driven forward and, as hooker Jack McGrath peeled with Captain Lewis Meyer in support, the nine put the six over. A superb touchline conversion by Matty Boden, made it 7-0. Great start.
Knocking on from the restart, Hullensians had territory and possession deep in the Greens' half. Patient play and recycling would soon catch Scunthorpe offside, but the attempt at goal on 10 minutes would sail wide. It would signal, however, that the visitors were organised, had plenty of threats in their backline and their forwards hunted in groups, were organised and played the game with a lot of skill.
It was not until the 22nd minute that Scunthorpe would surrender any points. Despite bossing the previous ten minutes, the Greens' defence was split apart from the visitors' number 12. A scrum win ten yards inside Scunthorpe's half would see flowing passing over along their line. With ball in hand, the centre stepped left, and stepped left again, and then straightened up to run the last 30 yards without a defender able to get near him. A conversion from in front of the posts made it 7-7. Game on.
The game ebbed and flowed, with the home side having perhaps the better of the exchanges, but unable to score more points. Inventive play from George Taylor would come to nothing. Time and time again, possession from lineout was wasted when the forwards were halted by stubborn defence when they drove forward. As a result, the Greens would be penalised for not releasing and the advantage would be lost. Even when over the line, Hullensians would find a way to thwart the Greens. A beautiful backs move had winger James coming from nowhere, at an angle, to be over the line, but as he went to put it down, last gasp Hullensians' defence would knock out before it could be put down. Great attack but even better defence.
Gaining in confidence, the visitors would take the lead just before half time with a penalty in front of the sticks. Half time: 7-10 and certainly game on.
Half time changes would spark new life into the team. The direct power running of Aiden Legge would advance the Greens time and time again. With two or three defenders needed to stop him, this gave the Greens enough space to allow livewire Taylor to touchdown to regain the lead. A double whammy for the visitors, as they were reduced to 14 when their try scorer centre was sin-binned, too, for something he said. Unconverted: 12-10. It would be even more costly when, after a scrum win, a passing move would give Jess Matthews just enough space to weave his magic and go over. The crucial conversion from fullback Matty Boden made it 19-10, and the visitors needed to score twice to take the lead, which they could not do.
Winger James continued to be unlucky. Enterprising play could have seen him extend the lead twice, but on each occasion, it was disallowed for forward passes. The second one fairly but the first not. Even the visiting coaches thought the first decision was harsh, but them's the breaks.
The cut and thrust continued. The running power of their 10 and12 along with the ability of their fullback to cut through the centres and his kick returns, was a joy to watch and it needed good tackling on numerous occasions, to stop their powerful winger. The clearance kicking of the Greens' fullback Boden was superb and got his team out of trouble on many occasions. It was a good job that the lineout was dominated by the home side in the form of Matty Wormold and Lewis Meyer, because if the visitors had gained more possession, the consequences could have been disastrous.
In the dying minutes, a superb side stepping run from their winger had to be halted with a brave Will Greaves tackle and as Charlie Van Gils put his opposite centre into touch, the referee signalled the end of the game. Played in a most entertaining spirit, with a high skill level, there cannot be a player on either side who would be disappointed with their effort and performance. Scunthorpe did deserve the victory overall perhaps, but this Hullensians team did not deserve to lose.
Scunthorpe's man of the match was Captain Lewis Meyer for his strong defence and quick thinking attacking play. Other noteworthy performances were scrum half Archie Swain, who is excelling behind a powerful set of forwards, typified yet again by second rower Matty Wormold who always plays with heart and a desire to win. Some of Morgan Turner's play is a joy to watch and fullback Matty Boden oozes class. The pack worked as a unit, lead by Jon Rigby, but in truth, none of the 22 players had a bad game.
1. Sam Longstaff
2. Jack McGrath
3. Jonathan Rigby
4. Stephen Middleton
5. Matthew Wormold
6. Lewis Meyer
7. Charlie Hunt
8. Kristan Martin
9. Archie Swain
10. George Taylor
11. Piers Sciolti
12. Jess Matthews
13. Morgan Turner
14. Devon James
15. Matty Boden
16. Aiden Legge
17. Charlie Van Gils
18. Joshua Sarsfild
19. Israel spry Brittain
20. Connor Graves
21. Shea Matthews
report by Carl meyer