Scunthorpe put out the same squad that lost out at Birmingham last Saturday with Tim Dunk having now been officially registered.
Newbold started the game still brimming with confidence following their win away at Longton last Saturday. They played at a high tempo including some strong running from both backs and forwards. It took only 10 minutes for them to pressure the home boys by going through multiple phases before touching down for the first try. Dan O’Brian was unable to convert but his team were in the lead by 5 points to nil.
Scunthorpe replied when Newbold were penalised at the ruck through a Jake Goodison penalty to make the scoreline 5 points to 3 after 15 minutes. Back came Newbold and their forwards drove over for a second try, to which O’Brian was this time able to add the extras for a 12 points to 3 advantage after 17 minutes. As the home team conceded possession on half-way, the ball was moved left to nippy centre Lloyd Warner who out witted the cover with a mazy run to touchdown close to the posts. O’Brian added the extras a 19 points to 3 advantage after just 19 minutes.
At this point the home support stood in silent shock at what was happening on the pitch. It took another ten minutes for The Greens to recover their composure and following a good line-out catch and drive up the left hand touch-line, the ball was moved out to the right where Steve Parker powered over. Goodison struck the conversion and Scunthorpe were back in the contest at 19 point to 10 down. Goodison then missed an opportunity to further reduce the deficit in the 31st minute through a penalty but did strike another only a minute later to bring The Greens closer at 19 points to 13. As the game moved into first half added time, Newbold gained a position just outside the home ’22’ and fly-half O’Brian cleverly chipped over the home defence and managed to gather the rebound for an excellent individual try. He also added the extras to take his team into the break, leading by 26 points to 13 and looking very comfortable.
Tim Robinson needed the break to re-gather his troops and get them onto the front foot, keep hold of the ball and to pressure the visiting team. It took only two minutes for The Greens to win another penalty at the breakdown for Goodison to make good the opportunity and make the scoreboard read 26 points to 16. Thus the score remained, with Scunthorpe gradually gaining the ascendant as the forwards built up a head of steam with Dave Garbutt again very much to the fore. Goodison again slotted a penalty in the 26th minute to bring the home boys now to 26 points 19 and their pressure game now starting to dominate. Starting with a move just inside their own half, The Greens demonstrated good support work and some excellent off-loading for Nick Dyson to get the eventual touchdown. With Goodison now off the pitch, it was left to Benn Hyde to Calmly add the extras and bring his team level at 26 points each.
The dynamic of the game had totally changed and Scunthorpe now had all the possession and territory and it was only fitting that it was Garbutt who powered over for the next Scunthorpe try. Hyde again added the extras and The Greens were now in front by 33 points to 26. Back they came a few minutes later and as the ball went through the hands, it was Oli Wood who took the gap and went over for the bonus point try. Hyde was unable to convert but Scunthorpe were now well in control with a 38 points to 26 advantage. Well into added time Newbold, to their credit, came back with a final score through prop forward Ben Dawes converted by O’Brian for a final score-line of 38 points to 33 in favour of The Greens.
The game certainly lived up to the cliché of “ a game of two halves” but Tim Robinson will not be satisfied with having to pull things round at half-time and will hope that the boys put things together from the starting whistle when they travel to the chocolate boys, Bourneville, next Saturday.