Scunthorpe travelled across the Pennines with a squad that was once more beset be injuries. Captain Tom Foster is still out but he was joined by Steve Johnson, Dave Garbutt, Adam Middleton and Si Wellor. James Dyson may well not be back and playing this side of Christmas. There were two familiar faces in the home line-up in the Rawlings brothers, who the Greens last encountered at Longton but have now moved to Sale via Fylde.
The home boys were in confident mood which was reflected in their bold start helped in a big way by unforced errors from The Greens who looked as if they were still on the bus. Gareth Rawlings scored the first try after just 5 minutes which was closely followed by another just two minutes later by Matt Simpson. The latter try being converted by Liam McGovern.
Scunthorpe tightened up their play but were still guilty of coughing up possession through silly forced passes and wayward kicking. A team of the quality of Sale did not need this generosity. It took until the 26th minutes before a combination of good support work gained another score by Jack Moorhouse. Which McGovern converted. The home lead had now extended to 19 points to nil and Scunthorpe, whilst causing discomfort in the set pieces, did not look like getting on the score-sheet.
Scunthorpe look like containing the home team and got on the score board when following a good break by Sam Morgan, Oli Wood managed to drive over after 36 minutes. It looked as if this would be the half-time tally but The Greens were stretched once more when Sale managed another try in first half injury time for a 26 points to 5 half-time advantage.
Sale once more were straight out of the traps for the second period and Scored two tries within 5 minutes to extend their advantage to 38 points to 5. The Greens then lost Ash Dibden and Ollie Cole through injury which only added to their woes. Tim Robinson gave senior debuts to youngsters Liam Brunt and Kane Linklater who both performed well under the circumstances. Lively home No. 8, Tom Ailes, crossed after 25 minutes followed by James James Conville after 32 minutes.
Scunthorpe managed to avert any further scores and put in some good endeavour without reward for a final margin of 52 points to 5.
As the new boys on the block they will have gained a harsh but valuable lesson and must now look forward to next week when they entertain Tynedale at Heslam Park and hope some of the walking wounded return.
Match Report by LWJClayton