The Greens travelled to Herefordshire with a few changes to the selected squad. James Dyson, Tom Hughes and Danny Bournes were all unable to play for various reasons, so only a squad of 17 did battle.
The game kicked off at the quite delightful setting of Mortimer Park in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside in glorious Spring weather. It took the home team only two minutes to get the scoreboard going when they moved the ball wide to the left and with some clever decoy running, Joe Doyle was able to put Henry Monkley over for the try. The extras were added by Louis Silver and Lucs seemed to be well on their way. Scunthorpe immediately asserted their superiority in the set pieces and started to gain both more ball and territory. It took only another 5 minutes before Jake Barron picked up from the base of a dominant scrummage and crossed for a try close to the posts. Unfortunately Jack Badley fluffed the conversion attempt, so the home team remained in front by 7 points to 5 in the 7th minute.
Lucs tried to move the ball wide at every opportunity but the Green defence held firm. Scunthorpe gained a penalty after 16 minutes and at the same incident the home team had Dan Smith yellow carded. Badley this time put the ball between the posts to give The Greens an 8 points to 7 advantage. A penalty by Silver in the 21st minute struck the upright and the ball was scrambled clear. Scunthorpe once more exploited their scrummage strength and gained a penalty try in the 29th minute, with Lucs’s Monkley also gaining a yellow card. Badley converted to give Scunthorpe a 17 points to 7 advantage.
The Greens maintained their dominance and from a move starting within their own half, the ball was carried through several phases with Ash Dibdin twice involved before Colin Chapman touched down. Badley again added the extras with Scunthorpe going into the interval with a healthy 22 points to 7 lead. On the down side, The Greens who were already stretched for numbers lost Captain Tom Foster after 19 minutes.
It was a patched up team that re-emerged for the second half with Keiran Bourns operating in the centre and Sam Morgan moving to fly-half. When Guy Mychujluk left the field early in the second half, their were no more subs on the bench and another re-shuffling of resources ensued. Scunthorpe held out a revitalised Luctonians team until the 20th minute when a diagonal kick looked to be heading out of play, only for the ball to bounce back over covering fullback Chapman to be gathered by Frank Kelly for a try to the home team. Silver failed to convert and Scunthorpe still had the lead by 22 points to 12. The Greens defence held strong until another kindly bounced was collected by Silver who touched down for Lucs. He also added the conversion to make it a tight contest with Scunthorpe leading by only 22 points to 19 after 33 minutes.
Some outstanding defences work was backed up by some mighty ball carrying by the Greens pack with Jake Barron very much to the for and their efforts were rewarded when they won a penalty in the 39th minute, which Badley converted for a 25 points to 19 score-line. There remained a good 5 minutes of injury time for the travelling support to endure before the relief of the final whistle signalled an outstanding win which give some hope of league survival.
Next week they travel to Chester where the home team have an outstanding record and even victory will not guarantee their league status as they must rely on other results to go their way. Tim Robinson will hope that a few of his injured threequarters will be fit to travel.
Match Report by LWJClayton
Doyle, Knight, Allsopp, Hodnett, Kelly, Jones, Silver; Powell, Kirkby, White, Smith, Hutchinson, Monkley, Hackley, Dodd
Replacements: Street, Watkins, Morell, Tawik, Hearle
Tries: Monkley (1), Kelly (58), Silver (68)
Conv: Silver (2, 69)
Chapman, Badley, Dibden, Morgan, Passmoor, Foster, Middleton; Mychujiak, Mist, Cole, Syddall, Dyson, Elliot, Barron, Bournes
Replacements: Garbutt, Jepson
Tries: Barron (7), Pen Try (29), Chapman (35)
Conv: Badley (30, 36)
Pens: Badley (22, 78)
Star Man: Jake Barron (Scunthorpe)