Market Rasen Colts 10 Scunthorpe Colts 26
Colts finish season on high with away victory at Market Rasen
On Sunday April 23rd, Scunthorpe travelled to Lincolnshire to play Market Rasen in a friendly Colts’ fixture, in glorious spring sunshine. The trip down the A15 proved worthwhile, as they outscored the home side four tries to two, to continue the 2016-2017 campaign in a positive fashion, with a controlled team performance.
From the first kick-off, the signs of a quality game of two equally matched sides was evident. Both teams probed with earlier exchanges but were met with robust defence from both sides. Both teams handled the ball well and passed with accuracy. The opening fifteen minutes was mainly played in the middle of the pitch, as strong defence thwarted both teams. Ball turnovers by holding the tackler up by captain Lewis Meyer and another by scrum half Archie Swain were typical of the Greens’ defence.
The opening score went to the home side, with some enterprising and adventurous play. A scrum win in their own 22 had their number 10 under Greens pressure. However, a clever cross field kick had their winger out-jumping the Scunthorpe defence and sprinting away down the left wing, clear and in space. Scunthorpe winger Devon James sprinted diagonally across the field, over 60 yards, to bring him down five yards short. The supporting Rasen centre was on hand to take the tackled winger’s pass and go the final five yards. Awesome rugby from both sides. Unconverted 0-5 to the hosts.
Scunthorpe’s clever restart kick had Rasen in trouble and on the backfoot straight away. Moving the ball right to prop Aiden Legge, his chip kick caught them offside and they were penalised for offside. Josh Sarsfield’s quick tap and go on the narrow side was stopped just short but quickly recycled to move the ball left. Excellent drives from Bram Hollingsworth and then Jack McGrath, brought the Greens within 5 yards of the tryline. Quick ball to Legge had him charging forward. Amazing footwork beat the first defender, and then pace had him over wide left, having three defenders failing in their attempt to stop the Greens’ powerhouse forward. Unconverted 5-5.
Later in the first half, Scunthorpe lost two key players in a nasty head clash. Although Morgan Bevan did return in the second half, flanker Josh Sarsfield, the Greens’ MVP, could not. Despite further thrusts by both sides, this was the score, deadlocked at half-time: five all.
The second half started well for the visitors, as winger Piers Sciolti intercepted a long Rasen pass to sprint deep inside their half and only foul play would stop them advancing further, as Rasen were penalised. From a ruck twenty yards out, Legge picked up, and seeing a gap, hopped over and went through the middle. Stopped five short, it was taken on by Sciolti, and seeing second row Stephen Middleton in a better position popped it to him to touch down. Unselfish play, yet again, from Scunthorpe’s own try machine. Converted by Fullback Matty Boden 12 – 5.
It was not long before the Greens would extend their lead. A scrum win in their 22 had centre Ben Botham charging forward, and a superb pass that drew the defender, had winger James sprinting down the touchline. He was taken into touch by a superb cover tackle from the Rasen fullback, but 60 yards were gained. Although Rasen won the lineout, great defence from flanker Charlie Hunt made them knock on. The resulting scrum win for the away side had livewire half, Archie Swain, sprinting on the blindside. Beating the first two Rasen defenders, and into space, he beat the third as he used supporting winger James as a perfect foil, as he side-stepped left, to race under the posts untouched. Converted by Boden 19-5.
On 22 minutes, Scunthorpe would see their last try. The classy Rasen centre would run through the Greens’ midfield, beating five or six, but when finally stopped, his wild pass, because of no support, would go to no-one. The first there was Scunthorpe’s Jess Matthews, who fly-hacked it forward. Winger James again beat the Rasen defence to the ball and kicked again. It was no more than the winger deserved, as his kick popped up nicely for him to regather and touchdown by the posts. Converted by Boden 26 -5.
Prop Connor Graves was held up just short of the line, from another Greens’ attack. Rasen got another try when a sliced clearance kick bounced nicely for them to make it 26-10. In the dying minutes, Rasen kept going forward and won a lineout 3 yards from the Greens’ line. Somehow, Jack McGrath ripped the ball from them with vigorous defence and the game ended.
Overall, this was a good team performance, especially in the second half and despite the home side scoring first and last. Scunthorpe were worthy winners to be ending the season on a high note, after winning their league three weeks earlier.
1. Aiden Legge
2. Jack McGrath
3. Connor Graves
4. Israel Spry-Brittain
5. Matthew Wormold
6. Charlie Hunt
7. Josh Sarsfield
8. Kristian Martin
9. Archie Swann
10. Morgan Bevan
11. Devon James
12. Lewis Meyer
13. Ben Botham
14. Piers Sciolti
15. Matty Boden
16. Jess Matthews
17. Shea Matthews
18. Stephen Middleton
19. Bram Hollingsworth