The Greens travelled North without 3 of the more experienced threequarters in Paul Cook, Will Scammell and Colin Chapman. Tim Robinson included several your players in Liam Brunt, Elliot Caunt and Kier Gosling, with 17 years old Josh Clarke also making his debut.
As we have come to expect, the first half was a competitive affair with the half-time whistle showing a 21 points to 5 lead to the home team but once again the Greens fell away in the second half.
The game kicked off in the pleasant surroundings of the Northumbrian countryside and good playing conditions. The home boys settled quickly and from driving pressure by the pack, Tom Bell touched the ball down against the upright for the first score. Jake Rogers added the extras and the home side had taken a 7 points to nil lead after 4 minutes. Scunthorpe managed to keep the home side at bay and in fact created chances of their own but failed to make any decisive breakthrough. It was in the 20th minute that the home boys made another break into the Scunthorpe half and stretched the cover allowing Matty Outson to dummy his way through. Rogers again converted from in front of the posts to give his side a 14 points to nil lead.
Scunthorpe struck back 5 minutes later when the ball was moved to the left, along the line, with both Will Harrison and Will Robinson creating space for the just returned, Jacob Hardy to stretch his legs and race in from 40 metres. The conversion was unsuccessful but the Greens had now reduced the lead to 14 points to 5. After 30 minutes they suffered a blow when the influential James Dyson was injured in a tackle and had to leave the field. Both teams had their fare share of play but it was the Tynedale boys that made another breakthrough in first half added time when, with Scunthorpe having been penalised at the breakdown, they put the ball into The Greens ‘22’ and from the lineout, the maul was driven in-field where Bell once more crossed form a suspected forward pass. Rogers once again added the conversion from in front of the posts for his side to take a 21 points to 5 lead into the interval.
It took only two minutes of the second period for Tynedale to increase the lead when from a missed tackle in mid-field Tom Bramwell scored. Rogers again converted from close in, to make the score 28 points to 5. Tries followed after 8 and 17 minutes to take the game well away from the Scunthorpe boys. An injury to Will Harrison further disrupted an already over-stretched threequarter line, who conceded two more tries after half and hour of the second half and one in added time. This gave the home boys a comfortable 54 points to 5 win. Albeit another heavy loss, the young guns stuck to their game, and at times were unlucky not to score.
Scunthorpe will have to regroup for the home fixture against a strong Stourbridge outfit and hope that some of the more experienced players return to the fold.
Match Report by Louie Clayton