[b[/b]The Greens travelled with a much changed side from the one that played at home the week before. With Nick Dyson, Ben Hyde, Micky Dunk, Steve Parker, Oli Wood not available Tim Robinson was also forced to call up veteran Phil Jepson, following the late withdrawal of Nick Syddall. Young players like Matt Field, Grant Elliott, Kane Linklater Jack Rowbottom and Jess Mathews were called to the colours.
Following a change of venue within the University campus, the game started well enough for the Scunthorpe team with a Jake Goodison penalty after only 5 minutes. They continued to press within the home ‘22’ and gained a further reward with another Goodison successful strike. So, after 15 minutes of play, The Greens were in the lead by 6 points to nil. Bournville started to come into the game with some good ball retention, going through several phases before an overlap on the right wing produced a try in the corner for Luke Smith. Fly-Half, Mitch McGahan converted for a 7 points to 6 lead after 19 minutes.
The Home boys continued to hold the ascendant and a chip to the left hand corner was poorly covered by Scunthorpe allowing James Hussey to touch down. McGahan once more converted, extending the home advantage by 14 points to 6. The Greens game back and a couple of clean line breaks by James Dyson failed to be fully exploited with poor passing and support work. There was some reward when Goodison again struck a penalty to reduce the margin to 14 points to 9 in the 32nd minute. With half-time approaching, The home boys scored another try through Tom Jarvis again converted by McGahan for a 21 points to 9 advantage. The Greens had an opportunity to reduce the deficit in first half injury time but Goodison narrowly missed his kick.
Whilst the scrummage had performed very well, gaining a few penalties, without the front line jumpers they were always under pressure to win their line-out ball and therefore several driving opportunities went begging. Robinson galvanised his young playing contingent during the interval and they once more gained a penalty which Goodison converted for a 21 points to 12 score-line after 12 minutes. Bournville had Centre Henry Hughes yellow carded for a high tackle after 14 minutes of the second period but The Greens were unable to exploit this numerical advantage. Instead with James Dyson being sent to the bin after 24 minuites, it was the home side that scored through Luke Smith in the 27th minute. McGahan failed with the kick but his side was nonetheless looking comfortable at 26 points to 12.
McGahan added a penalty after 38 minutes and well into added time a chip to the right flank resulted in Tom Jarvis getting the bounce and a try under the posts. McGahan added the extras and Bournville had gained victory by 36 points to 12.
It’s now all about regrouping and with hopefully several first choice players back, they will be able to give high flying Newport (Salop) a game at Heslam Park next Saturday.