Scunthorpe travelled to the Manchester area with long time injured James Dyson back in the starting line-up but had to do without Nick Syddall, Ash Dibden and Guy Mychajluk. Kane Linklater made his first start in the front row.
Kicking off in fine playing conditions it did not take long for the home side long to gain some points from their high tempo play when left winger Richard Lapori crossed after 5 minutes. Matt Riley added the conversion for a 7 points to nil lead. The Greens responded when after several phases, Nick Dyson broke away from a ruck on the home ‘22’ and fed Tom Hughes for a try close to the posts. Steve Johnson converted to bring the scores level after 9 minutes.
The home boys had the opportunity to move ahead but Riley missed a penalty in the 12th minute. Sedgley did however score a second after 16 minutes when right winger Sam Lowthian was put over on the right hand corner. Riley missed the conversion but converted a second try by the same player after 20 minutes.
The Greens once more struck back when they established a position inside the home ‘22’ and this time Hughes did all the work himself to cross under the posts for Johnson to convert and make the scoreline read 19 points to 14 after 26 minutes. At this stage they still looked to be in the game but Sedgley scored two more unconverted tries before the break to make the score-line read 29 points to 14 at the break.
The home boys kicked on after the interval and were again across the white wash after only 3 minutes of the second period. Scunthorpe managed to keep them out for the next 20 minutes but their tackling was being sorely tested and with the injury list mounting as first Johnson and the Oli Wood left the field of play they were not even able to take advantage of a home team down to 13 players at one point in the second half.
Sedgley kept the scoreboard ticking over at regular intervals until all the travelling support were pleased to hear the final whistle with the embarrassing score-line of 67 points to 14.
Match Report by LWJClayton