Scunthorpe battled valiantly as they saw a victory snatched from them in the dying minutes of this National 2 local derby. Scunthorpe welcomed back Will Robinson and Nick Dyson along with Nick Syddall on the bench But the rock steady full back Paul Cook was missing from duty.
It was the greens that started the stronger with their pack dominating their opponents at scrum time. From a penalty for a high tackle Foster kicked to touch. The reliable line out supplied quick ball and Will Robinson cut through a gap to score under the posts. He converted his own try. It was then Scunthorpe’s turn to commit an offence and from the high tackle penalty man of the match Mark Ireland collected the three points. The green pack continued to cause Tigers problems and from an ensuing penalty Robinson kicked a penalty to lead 10 – 3. The Tigers, cheered on by a vociferous group of supporters, began to kick into gear running some nice lines. However they could not cross the advantage line due to the resolute Scunthorpe defence. Eventually Tigers broke through with a well taken play finished off by Pete Swatkins, Ireland converted and it was now 10-10. On 25 minutes Will Robinson attempted a long range penalty which just missed the upright. Two minutes later he redeemed himself and collected the three points. From yet another offence Scunthorpe gained good position for the line out to catch and drive forcing Jacob Hardy across the line Robinson converted and at half time Scunthorpe led 20-10.
The second half started very cagily as both sides defences came out on top. Scunthorpe had to replace Ben Hyde through injury and he was sorely missed. Tigers began to build momentum and finished off a good phase of possession with a try from scrum half Ryan Holmes when he scrambled over in the corner. Ireland kicked a great conversion from the touch line to claw back within one score. Then came the try of the match when the away team broke free and surged down the field. The speedster on the left wing Henri Packard sprinted 50 metres and just when it looked like he was bundled into touch he slipped the ball inside to the supporting Ireland to score a great try. Ireland converted his own try and now for the first time the Tigers were in front. Tim Robinson’s men stuck to their task and continued to build the play. From another text book line out they caught the ball a drove on. Tigers committed another offence this time the trusty Bridlington move allowed Ollie Cole to drive over, Robinson converted and Scunthorpe were 27-24 in front with 5 minutes to go. Then disaster struck. From the kick off the ball was fumbled by the green defence and bounced forward. It just happened to fall to the fastest man on the pitch Henri Packard who darted over to score a freak try. Ireland converted and Tigers were now 4 points ahead. Scunthorpe had a couple of minutes to try and rescue this game and tried valiantly. They were within driving maul distance from a line out but gave away a silly penalty, Tigers cleared their lines and the game was over.
Match Report by Steve Williams