Scunthorpe took the field with a good squad, with only Paul Cook (injured) and Rory Rendall-Tyrrell (in Japan) absent.
Although The Greens had first use of the ball, they failed to make any impact and it was the visitors from the North East that showed much greater intensity and used their big runners to good effect, for a try in the first five minutes. Chris Wearmouth getting the touchdown. This pattern repeated for the next 30 minutes with tries at regular intervals. The visitors used a combinations of their heavier boys to make the hard yards and on occasions releasing the pace in their threequarters to overcome some poor mid-field home defence.
The Tynesiders had scored their 4th and bonus point try after 29 minutes and looked well set for a comfortable win. It took the home boys until near the end of the first period to put together some coherent phases. Good strong driving play by the likes of Will Harrison and Ben Hyde, created the opportunity for Colin Chapman to score under the posts. Will Robinson added the conversion to, at last, put the home team on the scoreboard. As the whistle went for the end of the first half, Tynedale held a 24 points to 7 advantage.
Optimism of the home support climbed as the home team struck after only two minutes of the second period, when from a scrum ten metres out from the visitors line, Hyde broke blind from the base of the scrum and Josh Bird was on hand to take the final pass. The conversion was unsuccessful but the Greens had reduced the deficit to 24 points to 12. Tynedale struck again when their big pack drove over for Wearmouth to get another try. Jake Roberts, who was in fine kicking form, added the extras and after 5 minutes the visitors had re-asserted their authority for a 31 points to 12 lead.
Following two more visiting tries, Scunthorpe did get over the line again through Ben Hyde and once again the conversion was unsuccessful but their was hope was for a fourth try and a bonus point with half an hour still to play. Alas, it was not to be as anxiety with the ball led to mistakes which the visitors clinically exploited. The Final score-line of 59 points to 17 did not flatter the Tynedale team, who looked better than any opposition the Greens have played so far. The standard of the home side’s display will be closely examined before they travel for a difficult encounter at Stourbridge next Saturday.
Match Report by LWJClayton