Sat 23
1st XV
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40
League
Luctonians
Defensive display earns Lucs the win

Defensive display earns Lucs the win

By Peter Bright
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Greens unable to break the strong Lucs defensive line


The Greens entertained Luctonians from Hereford, who are just one place above them in the league and would have had reasonable hopes of getting something out of the fixture. Alas, it was not to be as they went down by 40 points to 8. Scunthorpe had Jack Scorer making his home debut and welcomed back both James Dyson and Tom Hughes to the squad. The visitors also added three names to their squad from leagues above.

The ground was in reasonable condition considering the quite heavy overnight rain and both teams managed to handle the ball quite well. The home boys had first concerted use of the ball but failed to make any great gains and it was the visitors that struck first when they carried strongly through several phases for Louis Silver to touch down after 10 minutes. He converted his own try for a 7 points to nil lead. Lucs continued to pressure the home team in the scrummage and after 15 minutes drove the over the line for a try. Silver missed the kick but his team now had a 12 points to nil lead after 15 minutes.

Scunthorpe lost Ollie Cole to injury but nontheless had the greater share of play for the remainder of the half. They had long periods of pressure in the Lucs ‘22’ without making the vital break through. The only reward at this point was a Paul Cook penalty which reduces the arears by 12 points to 3. They had shipped quite a few penalties during this first period and typically as the game went into first half added time, more penalties gave the visitors another opportunity to work an overlap on the left wing for Frank Kelly to run in. Silver converted and there was still time for another Kelly try and a Silver conversion to send the visitors into the interval with a decisive 26 points to 3 advantage.

Scunthorpe again started the half well but were unable to find any points and it was once more the Herefordshire boys that managed to capitalise a poor pass to kick ahead the lost ball and for Kelly to gain the touchdown and his third try. Silver converted with a fine touchline strike for a 33 points to 3 lead after 16 minutes of the second half. Despite a lot more pressure the home boys again failed to register a score and it was the visitors that gained another try when Flanker, Mathew Hackley touched down after 25 minutes. Silver once more added the extras for a 40 points to 3 lead.

Scunthorpe brought on Scorer, Dyson and Hughes which seam to give some much needed energy to their play and line breaks were made pinning the opposition back. For once the penalty count went in their favour, eventually culminating in a try for Scorer as the pack drove over. Cook was unable to convert and so the game ended with some small consolation.

The Greens visit near neighbours Hull next week but will have to bring some much needed intensity to their game in order to get a victory.

Louie Clayton

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Match details

Match date

Sat 23, Nov 2019

Kickoff

14:15

Competition

National 2 North

League position

14
Luctonians
16
Scunthorpe