Scunthorpe entertained Wharfedale on a fine Spring afternoon, in front of a big crowd with conditions set for entertaining rugby. In addition to the long term injured, The Greens were also without Steve Johnson and Nick Dyson.
The visitors set a hectic pace and spun the ball wide on every occasion and it took only five minutes to breach some sloppy home defence for right winger Scott Jordan to touch down on the right hand corner. Tom Barrett added the extras to put the Yorkshire Greens in to a 7 points to nil lead after only 5 minutes of play. The home boys struck back virtually straight away when following several phases, Dave Garbutt stepped through a couple of tackles to touchdown close in. In the absence of Johnson, Adam Middleton took on the kicking duties but failed to convert. So, after only 7 minutes of play the score-line was 7 points to 5. After 19 minutes Middleton had the opportunity of a penalty but again failed to convert.
With a strong set-piece, the home team kept play in the visiting ‘22’ and were rewarded when Ollie Cole drove over from close range. Middleton managed this time to add the extras and made the scoreline 12 points to 7 after 26 minutes of the first half. Still playing to their strength, Scunthorpe battered the Dale line and were rewarded with a penalty try in the 34th minute. Middleton converted for a 19 points to 7 lead. The Yorkshire boys persevered with their running game and were rewarded with a try from an overlap on the right, touched down by Josh Prell. Barrett missed the conversion and so the teams went into the interval with a 19 points to 12 scoreline in favour of the home team.
The second period started much in the same way as the first with Wharfedale once more spinning the ball from wing to wing. They were rewarded with a penalty after 8 minutes but Barrett missed the attempt. Scunthorpe once more came back into the game and influential Jake Barron stretched over for a vital bonus point try after 17 minutes. Danny Bournes having taken over the kicking duties, struck the upright, giving a 24 points to 12 scoreline. The Greens continued to press and twice spurned overlap opportunities on the left flank. Bournes was successful with a penalty after 26 minutes, but then suffered the disappointment of having a score ruled out when Tom Foster crossed near to the post, only for the score to be ruled out by intervention for the assistant referee for an offence at the previous break-down.
With the clock rapidly running down, The Dale threw everything into attack and score twice in quick succession to pull the scoreline back to 27 points to 26, making the final knockings rather stressful. Fortunately the whistle brought an end to the game and Scunthorpe could finally celebrate their first 5 point victory of the season. Greens will need to take as many points from their remaining games as possible in order to avoid the drop.
Match Report by LWJClayton