Scunthorpe welcomed back Will Scammell and Jakob Hardy to the ranks but were without Paul Cook who is still suffering with a facial injury received in the game at Hull last week. Both the weather and the pitch surface were good for some open rugby which both sides provided.
The home boys held the ball well through the early phases but it was the visiting Yorkshire team that struck first when they took advantage of the home sides’ indiscretions, when they conceded 3 penalties in quick succession, to gain a foothold inside the Greens ‘22’ and eventually drive over for a touchdown by Joey Graham. The conversion was missed but Otley had established a 5 points to nil early advantage.
Scunthorpe gradually got themselves back into the game, when they battled their way past the big visiting pack for James Dyson to touchdown. Failure to add the extras meant that the two sides were now level at 5 points each after 17 minutes of play. Otley came back almost immediately when scrumhalf Max Johnson raced through a gap at the ruck, to touchdown. The conversion was added and the visitors now held a 12 points to 5 lead. Play remained fairly even for the next 10 minutes but it was once more Johnson that was the beneficiary of poor handling, to get his second try. Ben Smith added the extras and Otley had now taken a clear 19 points to 5 lead as the half-hour approached.
Scunthorpe once more came back with some good handling that eventually saw the ball transferred out to the right, where Will Scammell crossed wide out. The kick was missed but the gap was reduced to 19 points to 10. after 32 minutes. Typically, Otley struck back and moved the ball out wide to the left for Alex Beaumont to race in. Smith once more added the extras to give his team a 26 points to 10 lead. As halt-time approached, Tom Foster made a break in mid-field just outside the visiting ‘22’ and drew the fullback to put Grant Elliott in under the posts. Will Robinson added the extras and the teams went into the break with Otley leading by 26 points to 17.
As always The first scores after the interval can determine the outcome of the game and so it proved when Otley scored three tries in the first ten minutes after the break to establish a 45 points to 17 advantage. This was extended to 50 points after 17 minutes of the second period before The Greens got a 4th and bonus point try in the 30th minute of the second half. Robinson added the extras to take Scunthorpe up to 24 points. Otley were not yet done and ran in two more late tries to finish with a victory by 62 points to 24.
Next Saturday The Greens undertake the difficult journey to Sedgley Park in Manchester for their penultimate fixture before the Xmas break.
Match Report by Louie Clayton