The Greens still beset by injuries and unavailabilities, gave a first home start to Liam Brunt on the right wing, with Ash Dibden moving from the back row to centre threequarter.
Playing Tynedale for the first time in fifteen years, The home boys were quickly out of the traps and from a scrummage 5 metres from the visitors line, they drove over to steal the ball and score the try with a Guy Mychajluk touchdown after only 3 minutes of play. Steve Johnson added the conversion for a 7 points to nil lead. Pressure was maintained and when Tynedale were penalised at the breakdown on their own ‘22’ Johnson stepped up to slot the kick and take his team into a 10 points to nil lead after 10 minutes of play. The home support were in a mood of great expectation but even though The Tyneside boys missed a penalty after 15 minutes they played themselves back into the game by retaining possession of the ball and pinning the Heslam Park outfit into their own ‘22’ for long periods. They eventually got their reward when Jack Harrison drove over from close range. Dan Taylor missed the conversion but brought his team back into the game after 19 minutes of the first half at 10 points to 5.
Scunthorpe never again mounted a meaningful attack during the first period and had Sam Morgan leave the field with a neck injury. Late in the half the visitors attacked from half-way with fly-half Dan Taylor producing a neat side-step to break through the home defence and put Harrison through for his second try. Taylor this time converted and Tynedale were ahead by 12 points to 10 with half-time fast approaching. There was still time for Scunthorpe to infringe at the breakdown and for Jack Baddley to be sent to the bin.
Like the start of the first half, the home boys were again fast out of the blocks, with Ash Dibden recovering the ball from the kick-off and making ground into the visitors half. An exchange of passes with Jake Barron was eventually stopped 5 metres from the visitors line and from the subsequent line-out The Greens drove over with Mychajluk again getting the touchdown. Johnson missed the conversion but the home boys were now in front by 15 points to 12.
This advantage lasted until the 9th minute, when Tynedale moved the ball right to left in the home’22’ and Oliver Walker squeezed over in the corner. The conversion was missed but the boys from the North were now 17 points to 15 in front. The rest of the game was a bit of a war of attrition with the home pack putting great pressure on the visitors and twice going over the line only to be brought back without a score being achieved. Their cause was further hampered when after 28 minutes of the second period, Will Robinson was red carded when he over reacted to a late tackle. So Tynedale held out for the rest of the game and the spoils went north with them.
Another one that got away but The Greens will have to re-gather for a first ever league visit to Wharfedale’s Avenue Ground at Threshfield where coincidentally the team is also known as The Greens.
Match Report by LWJClayton