Sat 04
Otley
32
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8
League
1st XV
Injury Jinx Strikes Again

Injury Jinx Strikes Again

By Peter Bright
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Playing Without 3 Key regular players through injury, the Greens suffer two more during the game


The Scunthorpe injury jinx struck again when the team travelled without Steve Johnson Ollie Wood and Paul Cook. Young Colt, Liam Brunt, Jack Badley and Keiran Bournes joined the match day squad. Steve Parker was also missing due to his RAF duties.

It was The Greens first visit to a ground which carried a lot of rugby history. The teams had a battle for the first half hour with neither being able to breakdown strong defences. James Dyson and Colin Chapman did put together a promising break down the left flank which unfortunately did not lead to a score. It was Scunthorpe however that eventually broke the deadlock with a penalty through stand-in full-back Adam Middleton. The home side struck back with a penalty of their own through Tom Hodgson before Scunthorpe suffered a double injury blow when both Eddie Newsum and James Dyson left the field with injuries. It was during this period of disruption that Otley took full advantage and scored out wide through Hodgson after 35 minutes. He was unable to improve his own try but was more successful with a try 3 minutes later by James White and then during first half injury time the home boys virtually sealed the result with another try wide on the left for Alex Beaumont. With Hodgson unable to add the extras, Otley went into the interval leading by 20 points to 3.

With Scunthorpe still adjusting to their changes, Otley quickly settled into their earlier rhythm and after only 8 minutes of the second period scored wide on the left through Paul Petchey. Hodgson was unable to convert but the home boys scored again after 16 minutes from a break through mid-field by White and finished by influential scrum-half Max Johnson. Hodgson added the extras this time and his team were looking good with a 32 points to 3 advantage.

Scunthorpe gradually worked their way back into the game and following a good running line by Ash Dibdin, Otley infringed at the breakdown and had a man yellow carded. The Greens continued to press and with the home team having another man sent to the bin they eventually succeeded in putting Gareth Mist over in the right hand corner. The conversion was unsuccessful and the game finished with the scoreboard at 32 points to 8 to the home team.

A Disappointing result for The Greens and following a good performance against Leicester Lions the previous week they did not achieve the level of performance that they would have liked. They must now raise their game for the all important home fixture against Harrogate at Heslam Park next Saturday.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 04, Feb 2017

Kickoff

14:30

Competition

National League 2 North

League position

10
Otley
13
Scunthorpe