The Greens travelled with a much reduced squad for the Notts, Lincs and Derby cup semi final to West Bridgford. On a fine afternoon that started quite brightly with eighteen years old Jack Brunt making a powerful run taking play into the home half. He was backed up by Clark Murry and won a penalty just outside the home ‘22’ but unfortunately the kick was unsuccessful. The home boys then gained some possession and went through multiple phases before a mid-field break resulted in a try. The conversion was missed but they had taken a 5 points to nil lead after 10 minutes.
Scunthorpe defended strongly across the pitch with Rory Rendall- Tyrrell and Tom Hughes to the fore. The lively West Bridgford threequarters were not quiet for long and gained a position close to the Scunthorpe line and drove over for a try after 27 minutes. This time the conversion was successful and they now had a 12 points to nil lead. Scunthorpe did eventually get on the scoreboard when following another excellent run by Brunt, the ball went through the hands to the right and Tim Dunk squeezed in for the try. Jess Mathews failed to add the extras, so, after 37 minutes the score stood at 12 points to 5 in favour of the home team. Back came Bridgford and following another mid-field break, they gained another converted try, to go into the interval with a 19 points to 5 advantage.
The young Scunthorpe squad found themselves even further behind after 10 minutes of the second period when once more some poor defending resulted in another home try. The extras were added and The Greens were down by 26 points to 5. The Nottinghamshire boys were now in full flow and ran in another converted try after 17 minutes, for a 33 points to 5 score-line. Scunthorpe at last put some phases together and managed to pressure the home line and Captain Tom Foster broke through after 25 minutes. Jess Mathews added the conversion and Scunthorpe had salvaged some pride with the scoreboard now reading 33 points to 12.
Bridgford were not yet done and managed to once more break through the Green defence for another try after 32 minutes to now reach the 38 point mark. The penalty count that had been going heavily against The Greens now changed and it was Scunthorpe that had the final say when Tom Foster went over for his second try followed two minutes later by Will Harrison. Mathews was successful with one conversion and gave the score-line a semblance of respectability at 38 points to 22 at the final whistle.
Next week The Greens travel to Cheshire to take on Sandbach, who’s playing record has been very mixed but have always taken the top teams very close, particularly at home.