On what should have been a rest day, the re-arranged game against Chester took place. In the mean time, Vice Captain, Nick Dyson arranged for his stag weekend on this day and took 6 others of the squad with him. Tim Robinson, with a much altered team, brought in another young debutant in Portugese youth player, Nalbertino Da Tigna.
It was the home side that got on the scoreboard first when they started with great enterprise and following a line-break by Tom Foster, Josh Lugsden managed to squeeze into the left hand corner after only 5 minutes of play. Chester soon found their feet and following multiple phases, managed a try through Tom Gregory with a conversion by Dan Pemberton putting them in the lead after 9 minutes of play, by 7 points to 5. Brave defending kept the visitors at bay until the 17th minute when Mark Dixon went over for another score with Pemberton adding the extras for a 14 points to 5 advantage. Penalties at the breakdown went against the home boys and when Chester put the ball into touch inside the home ‘22’ they rumbled over from the resulting line-out. The conversion failed but Chester now held a 19 points to 5 lead.
The young Scunthorpe side continued to show a lot of spirit and fought their way into the home half and when they were awarded a penalty, Jack Lifsey struck the ball between the posts to make the score-line 19 points to 8 as the half-hour approached. The visitors added two more tries with the influential Dixon getting a second to take a 31 points to 8 lead as half-time approached. There was just time for The Greens two disrupt a Chester line-out in their ‘22’, for Josh Sarsfield to secure the lose ball and score. Lifsey was unsuccessful with the conversion but Scunthorpe went into the interval looking at a score-line of 31 points to 13.
Oliver Hughes scored a good support try for the visitors 10 minutes into the second half to which Pemberton added the extras for a lead which now stretched to 38 points to 13. The Cheshire boys added another 7 pointer in the 24th minute before The Greens had their best moment to-date with the ball being moved left to right from a scrummage, giving Lugsden just enough room to show his pace and break through the defensive line and beat the remaining cover, for a very good try. The conversion failed but the lead had now been reduced 45 points to 18.
Chester soon regained the initiative and eventually ran out winners by 64 points to 18. It was a gallant effort by the much disrupted home team. The young players who covered, responded very well to the leadership of Tom Foster, Gareth Mist, Colin Chapman and Phil Jepson to show good future potential.
Next Saturday The Greens will travel down to Herefordshire for their fixture against Luctonians (corona virus permitting). Tim Robinson will have some of his more experienced players back in the squad to choose from.
Match Report by Louie Clayton