Scunthorpe travelled to Goole and would’ve perhaps been better wearing flippers and a snorkel, the wind made for a cold wet Goole day. More experienced players would call it a ‘forwards’ day, a day for backs to get cold.
Scunthorpe weren’t first on, Goole played Doncaster as Scunthorpe attempted to warm up, a more apt description would be ‘got cold’. The young greenies did there best and were looking forward to the first game.
Scunthorpe played Doncaster who like Scunthorpe brought two sides, the Scunthorpe side soaked through to the skin, attacked and Alfie Taylor opened the scoring with a good run to the corner, carrying a couple over the line with him. Scunthorpe were then shocked by a quick response by Doncaster without anyone laying a hand on the attacker, and then they found themselves behind following Doncaster seizing on a loose ball. This woke Scunthorpe up and they started to tackle with gusto knocking Doncaster players back, this was epitomised by Taylor who picked a player up dumping them on the ground, Wilkinson and Murr also making several tackles. Jack Murr held his wing position well and backed himself on the outside for his first try. His second he stepped back inside and Scunthorpe had the lead, what was pleasing was Scunthorpe were seizing on loose balls on the floor and using good footwork to sidestep out of trouble.
The next try came following a great team effort where everyone in the side touched the ball, Chris Green offloaded to Wilkinson who scored, the ball being spread one way then back across.
Murr completed his hat trick following some good interplay between him and Taylor.
Half time came with the score 25-10 in Scunthorpe’s favour.
Doncaster kicked the second half off and they were attacking wide however Longden and Robinson on the wing were on hand to tackle and Doncaster couldn’t get through a stubborn Green wall.
The prolific Murr scored again, reading the match report may think he is a poacher of tries but he is equally adept in defence.
Jake Kreamer was next on the score sheet as he ran at the defence, stepping out of trouble, the playmaker who normally sets tries up managed to notch a score.
Harry Robinson, showed great pace setting up Chris Green for a try, the birthday boy notched his second soon after, backing himself to score in the corner, again support was there if required…but it wasn’t.
Longden then scored a poachers try, after a good tackle, he was first to react to a spilt ball and scored. Harry Soulby came on and with his first touch ran down the wing and scored. The final whistle came and Scunthorpe looked as though they’d played underwater final score 55-10 a fantastic team effort by all concerned.