Sat 14
Sedgley Park
1st XV
Sedgley Park take advantage of the Greens yellow cards

Sedgley Park take advantage of the Greens yellow cards

By Peter Bright
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Difficult to defend with 12 men

The Greens travelled to Manchester with Paul Cook back in the squad, having recovered from his facial injury. Also back was Eddie Newsum, whilst making his senior debut was Ethan Heath-Drury.

The early part of the game was well contested with Scunthorpe, if anything, having more of the play. The first score came after 20 minutes when, following several phases, Mark Goodman touchdown. The conversion was added by Ollie Glasse for a 7 points to nil lead. Scunthorpe still had a lot of the play and came back with an excellent try of their own. The ball was recycled from a lineout drive and young Heath-Drury ran a good line outside Tom Foster, to cut through the middle of the home defence for the try close to the posts. Paul Cook added the extras and the Greens were level after 26 minutes. The referee had felt the need to issue a warning to Scunthorpe captain Foster, that he was not going to stand for any talking by the players. This must say as much about his game management as about player behaviour to feel the need to take this action so early in the game.

In the 29th minute, Sedgley returned a poor Greens clearance kick that was not backed up by any constructive chase, for Fullback Leon Simpson to score and the successful conversion gave then a 14 points to 7 lead.. They then added another in the 35 minute but Glasse failed to add the extras and so the teams went into the interval with a 19 points to 7 lead for the home side.

The Sedgley Tigers extended their lead 7 minutes into the second period when the home pack drove over for Ben Black to score. Glasse missed the conversion but was successful when Lock Bob Burwell touchdown after 21 minutes for a 31 points to 7 lead. There then followed a period of extreme pain for The Greens when first Paul Cook was yellow carded for a high tackle (24 minutes), Josh Bird was yellow carded (26 minutes) for talking and next, Jacob Hardy was red carded for allegedly using his knee in the ruck. This last decision was the strangest of all, as there was no reaction from the opposition and the referee only made his decision after discussion with his assistant. Now down to 12 players, it was no wonder that the home boys took full advantage and ran in several tries to give the final score a very harsh appearance. Sedgley Park were worthy winners, but the game changed dramatically after the Greens were reduced to 12 men for 8 minutes.

The last game of the year, is away at Dore Moor, on the edge of the Peak District against Sheffield Tigers. It will be another tough affair and is the first of the return fixtures this season. Will the Greens take any comfort from the fact that the fixture at Heslam Park was a very close affair and the Sheffield boys only claiming victory with the last play of the game?

Louie Clayton

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Match details

Match date

Sat 14, Dec 2019




National 2 North

League position

Sedgley Park