The Greens hosted a strong Caldy side from the Wirral, who are riding high at the top of the league. Having come down from national 1 at level 3 last season they seem determined to get back up the pyramid once more and have a strong squad to see them achieve their goal.
Scunthorpe were forced to play at their Oglesby Park ground as the home pitch at Heslam Park was waterlogged following the 18 hour downpour through Thursday and Friday.
The game kicked off on a good surface under a pale autumn sun. Caldy carried the ball through the early exchanges and then whipped the ball wide to the right, for wing threequarter Jones to score. His left-footed strike, added the extras from the touchline to give his side a 7 points to nil advantage after only 2 minutes of play. Then, after only 9 minutes, they demonstrated they also had some forward power when they drove the home boys back in a maul, before once more switching the ball out wide for Royle to score. Jones once more added the conversion to give his team a 14 points to nil lead.
The Greens then had more time on the ball and put the boys from the Wirral under prolonged pressure through some strong driving play but gained no reward. Typically, Caldy came back into the home ‘22’ and No. 8 Dickinson drove over from close range and just before the end of the first half Jones crossed for his hattrick when he benefitted from an interception. He converted both scores to take his team into the interval with a 35 points to nil lead.
The Greens started the half with some positive intent and had the visitors on the back foot but once more a good move went to waste when a careless pass was intercepted giving Royle another try. The metronomic Jones once more added the extras, to extend the lead to 42 points. Fortune then favoured the winning side, as a Caldy kick was charged down, only for the rebound to kindly fall for the visitors to gain another try. Jones showed his human side by missing the conversion but they now had a 47 points to nil lead.
Scunthorpe at last had something to show for their endeavours, when Tom Foster put in a diagonal kick for Will Scammel to win the race and get his hand onto the ball and touchdown. Will Robinson added the conversion from wide out, for a seven pointer. Caldy closed out the game with another 3 scores to win comfortably by 68 points to 7 and continue their championship challenge. The Greens had their moments of good play but lacked the final finish when the odd line-break was made.
The home boys are still overcoming the tragic loss of James Walker and will hope for better things when they travel to Loughborough to play the Students.