The Greens opening league game was at Leighton Buzzards’ Wrights’ Meadow ground. The visitors played against the pitches’ noticeable slope but with the breeze at their backs.
The early exchanges showed more eagerness and ambition than control and skill. With the referee equally keen to make his presence felt it was no surprise that the scores opened with an exchange of penalties.
As the game settled the home side put together some testing phases of play but although they retained ball well the greens’ defence held firm. When the visitors moved into attack they looked more dangerous and soon produced one of the best moves of the match. Following a surging burst up the centre by Greens’ No8 Dave Garbutt, that sucked in several defenders, the ball was quickly recycled by the half backs Dan McClean and Mark Woollard to enable the strong running Rewiti Viamoso to put centre Steve Parker in at the corner for the games first try.
A second exchange of penalties and then another by the accurate Woolard brought the half to an end with Scunthorpe ahead 6 -16.
The second half started in the same frantic fashion as the first but the Greens forwards were gradually taking control and when they pushed their opponents back in a scrum close to the Buzzards’ line the ball popped out for flanker Darren Clark, on his Greens’ debut, to score a well deserved try.
The backs then seemed to ‘up a gear’ a blistering break by Steve Parker put captain Tom Foster in under the posts.
After a great debut performance for Scunthorpe New Zealander Dan McClean left the field for the blood bin for the third and final time.
If the home side felt this might bring them some respite they were soon dismayed. Replacement Alan Neal, returning after almost a year out with injury, put in a delightful chip kick enabling Tom Foster to chase, catch and score. Minutes later he repeated the feat, the beneficiary being his brother Chris.
Leighton Buzzard, to their credit, never gave up and it was deserved when their elusive running centre Euan Irwin finally found his way through the formidable Greens’ defence to score a consolation try. Final score 13-40
This was a very promising start to the season and we have a home game against Mansfield next Saturday to look forward to.