Whilst conceding another three figure defeat in successive weeks, The Greens always knew that it would be difficult playing against run-a-way league leaders at their home ground on the Wirral. Scunthorpe once more had changes to make as Will Scammell, Olli Cole and Will Robinson were all unavailable along with two try hero of last week Jack Scorer. Colin Chapman and Jacob hardy did return, however both had to provide cover away from their normal playing positions. Making his first debut in the squad, was young colt’s flanker Jake Livesey.
Playing in fine but bitterly cold conditions with a gale force crosswind, was not ideal for either players or spectators. The home boys were on the board after only five minutes, the first of 4 touch- downs by former England sevens wing-threequarter Nick Royle. The boys from the Wirral reached the half-way point with a 54 point to nil advantage. Scunthorpe had very little to cheer them but may well have had a score but for the final pass to Jacob Hardy being ruled forward mid-way through the first half. Inexperience showed with some poor marking in mid-field.
The second half was much the same as the first with tries for the hosts coming at regular intervals. The only satisfaction that head Coach, Tim Robinson will take from this match is that there was some genuine promise shown by the young men that played on the day whilst accepting that the gulf from Colts to senior, level 4 rugby is still quite a chasm. Young Livesey came on for the final quarter and the future potential was apparent.
Preparation must now start for next Saturday’s game at Heslam Park against Loughborough Students and the hope that many absentees will be returning to the fold.
Match Report by Louie Clayton