Tim Robinson had the luxury of playing the same side for two successive weeks, with all the injured now back on the Park.
The game started in excellent conditions and in bright sunshine with The Greens straight out of the blocks and applying immediate pressure to the Tigers line. Ash Dibden ran an excellent line and moved the ball on to James Dyson who was brought down just short of the line which prevented a score. The reprieve was short lived however as Dyson broke through the visitor’s defence and handed on to Colin Chapman for a try with the game only 3 minutes old. Steve Johnson failed to add the extras but The home boys continued to fizz and another score seemed eminent. Tigers held out and in the 15th minute, on virtually their first visit to the home half, they were awarded a penalty which Angus Bowyer failed to convert. They did however construct an exciting try direct from a scrummage with the ball moving right to left and fullback Pete Swatkins making the extra man, for Henry Packard to race in. Bower added the extras and the Sheffield boys were ahead by 7 points to 5 after 19 minutes of play.
After only two minutes Scunthorpe were back in front courtesy of a Johnson penalty for an eight points to seven advantage. The game ebbed and flowed for the next 20 minutes with Scunthorpe always looking the more dangerous. Tigers had a man in the bin after 34 minutes for tackling a player in the air and a few minutes later another yellow card was dished out to the visitors for an offence at the breakdown for which Johnson added the 3 points for an 11 points to 7 lead just before the interval. In between these events, Nick Syddall had crossed for the home side only for the score to be ruled out for a forward pass.
There was however enough time for Scunthorpe to build up a head of steam and pressure the Tigers 13 men on their own line but a poor pass was snaffled by the Tigers defence for a breakaway try at the other end of the pitch. The conversion failed but Sheffield went into the break with a 12 points to 11 lead. The Greens must have been pinching themselves and wonder how with all the territory and possession they were down on the score board.
The home boys again came out firing for the start of the second period and after only 6 minutes Ash Dibden powered over for a try. The conversion was missed but the home side now had an advantage of 16 points to 12. The yellow cards now started to flow in the other direction with Steve Johnson having to go for a high tackle after 9 minutes of the second half. Scunthorpe were still however asking the questions and a blind side break from a ruck by James Dyson was finished off by brother Nick for a try after 19 minutes. With Johnson off the pitch, Paul Cook converted for a 23 points to 12 scoreline.
The Greens lost Gareth Mist to the bin after 24 minutes of the second half and 3 minutes later, Johnson got his second yellow card which automatically becomes a red and was therefore not able to play for the rest of the game. Now down to 13 men, Scunthorpe were forced into some desperate defence. The Tigers pressured the home line for several minutes with the home boys holding out at a series of scrummages and close drives. To the great relief of the home crowd, ball was turned over and they lifted the siege. Pleased to be up to 14 men, Scunthorpe looked the more likely to score and took the pragmatic approach with a penalty for 3 points with only minutes remaining for a final score-line of 26 points to 12.
Their position in the table is consolidated as they go into the break before resuming with a visit to table toppers Caldy in January.
Match Report by LWJClayton