The Lincolnshire Greens travelled to play the Yorkshire Greens at their Threshfield ground in a battle for the points for those in the danger area of the league. Wharfedale came out on top by 19 points to 12 in a hard fought match where tactics were dictated by the very wintry conditions.
Scunthorpe are still without Tom Foster, Oli Wood, Adam Middleton and Paul Cook in the threequarters, whilst Eddie Newsum and James Dyson are absent from the back-row. They did however start the match with great purpose and placed the home boys under immediate pressure in the tight winning a penalty after only 3 minutes. Steve Johnson was unable to get his kicking tee in time and therefore missed the kick. Still in the ascendant, Scunthorpe were awarded another opportunity after 9 minutes and this time he was successful from near half-way to give his team the lead.
The Dale eventually got into the game and strung together a few phases that took them into The Green ‘22’ which enabled fly-half Tom Barrett to drop a goal and bring the home side level after 12 minutes. They kept up the pressure and from a catch and drive they eventually got over the line with a Dan Stockdale try. Barrett converted to give the home boys a 10 points to 3 lead after 15 minutes. Dale continued to take the game to The Greens and when repelled, Barrett again executed a drop goal to give his team a 13 points to 3 advantage after 25 minutes. Scunthorpe gained a penalty on the half-hour, just inside the home half and Johnson converted with another great strike to take his team to within 7 points of the Dale boys. Another penalty just before half-time meant the teams went in with The Dale leading by 13 points to 9 and everything still to play for.
Scunthorpe maintained their pressure in the scrums but it was the home team that struck first in the second period when Barrett struck another penalty when The Greens were penalised at the breakdown. With the score-line reading 16 points to 9 after only 3 minutes of the second half the Dale boys were in a good place. He had the opportunity to take his team further ahead but missed a penalty after 8 minutes.
Scunthorpe would not however concede the game and kept battling away and after 18 minutes Johnson kicked his 4th penalty to make the score-line 16 points to 12. The game continued to ebb and flow and although they had a man in the bin it was the experience of Barrett that made sure the Dale did not come away from an attack without any reward when he kicked his third drop-goal for a 19 points to 12 lead on 26 minutes of the second half. It was a scuffed attempt but just had the legs to go over the crossbar. The final quarter of the game was fruitless for both sides and so the game ended at 19 points to 12.
The Greens were well worthy of a point from the game and will look forward to having a few players back for next weeks home fixture against South Leicester.
Match Report by LWJClayton