The Greens duly made it four wins out of four games played with a comfortable victory over their Derbyshire visitors at Heslam Park.
On a perfect afternoon, conditions were ideal for open rugby and both sides moved the ball about in the early exchanges. It took 10 minutes for the first score to be registered and it was no surprise when it came from home favourite Woody Viamoso. Using his pace and strength he managed to cross the line in the left corner. Mark Woolard failed with the conversion attempt.
With the visiting defence holding firm and The Greens being profligate with the opportunities that they created, the score-line remained unchanged until the 25th minute when a sweeping move down the right side of the field resulted in Captain, Tom Foster touching down. Woolard again missed the target but redeemed himself with a penalty strike on the half-hour. As the first half drew to a close, Scunthorpe once more completed a long-range sequence when several players handled before Dave Garbutt took the final pass for the touchdown. Woolard’s conversion made the half-time score-line 20 points to nil to the Heslam Park boys.
Matlock showed plenty of spirit and within 5 minutes of the restart, they used their forward power to drive the ball over from close range with Captain Dave Bell getting the try. Scrum-half Tom Morton converted to put them back in the game at 20 points to 7. Five minutes later it was the turn of the home back to demonstrate their ability from close range and the outstanding Garbutt completed a powerful finish. Woolard added the extras for a 27 points to 7 score-line.
The home boys seemed to relax, feeling the game was won and even though strong individual runs were made there was a distinct carelessness in the final execution. It was The Greens’ talisman Viamoso that brought order to the proceedings with another trade-mark sidestepping run to score after 25 minutes. Woolard again added the extra points to make the score-line better reflect the match at 34 points to 7. With five minutes of the match remaining, Garbutt managed to complete his hat-trick with another powerful burst. The conversion kick failed and the remaining time was again one of wasted opportunities to improve the points’ differential. With a final tally of 39 points to 7 there was the lingering feeling that at least another ten points had gone begging.