Tim Robinson made several changes to the starting line-up with Dave Garbutt coming into the back row after several week’s absence, Will Turbull making his first team debut at fullback and another debutant in Matt Humphries in the front row.
Playing on a good surface and in fine winter sunshine it took The Greens just 8 minutes to get on the score sheet when the ball was moved out to the left wing for Colin Chapman to touchdown, displaying a Viamoso like sidestep. Will Harrison was handed the kicking duties in place of the absent Steve Johnson and duly added the conversion.
Tom Foster opted for a penalty kick at goal after 14 minutes which Harrison converted for 10 points to nil advantage. Scores then came at regular intervals as the Nottinghamshire boys struggled with the pace and intensity of the Scunthorpe game. Dave Garbutt scored after 17 minutes, Chapman got his second in the 23rd minute and Tom Foster scored on the half-hour. The try of the half was from a break-out of defence on their own line, with the ball going through several pairs of hands before Sam Morgan made the run in. There was just time for Chapman to complete his hat-trick before the half-time whistle. Harrison converted all but one of the tries to give his team a 43 points to nil advantage.
The second period started much as the previous had finished with Tom Foster getting his brace after just 3 minutes. Scores were again coming at regular intervals but Newark did get onto the scoreboard 24 minutes into the second half when they intercepted a Scunthorpe pass for a score under the posts. Newark also had the satisfaction of getting the last score of the game in the final minutes of play.
The other home scorers were Tom Hughes, Jake Goodison, Simon Fisher (first for the senior side) and a second for Garbutt. Harrison converted 4 of these tries to bring his personal tally to 21 points in the match. The final score of 76 points to 12 did not do justice to the visitors who continued to battle all the way through but found the difference between levels five and six a major hurdle.
Match Report by LWJClayton