Having travelled to Newark in cautious expectation, The Greens maintained their unbeaten record in comfort and style. Bonding into a pragmatic and secure outfit with even the younger players performing with security of tenure, there is the look of the complete package about the Heslam Park team.
In spite of very blustery conditions, victory by 30 points to 7 started in the 2nd minute of the game when having repelled a home attack, the ball was quickly transferred to the opposite end of the pitch and recycled possession enabled Dan Mclean to power through the cover for the try. Mark Woollard converted for a 7 points to nil lead. The home boys took the game to The Greens and even after having made initial in-roads they were stopped by resolute defence.
Woollard increased the lead after 11 minutes through a penalty. Play continued with both side demonstrating a desire for open attacking play but defences held sway. In the 35 a Newark attack seemed to be going nowhere as a kick- ahead trickled into the Scunthorpe in-goal area. Casual defending allowed Newark winger Aloesi Waqalevu to make a wild dive for the ball without making any genuine contact but was nonetheless awarded the try. Michael Dobson added the conversion to bring Newark back into the match at 10 points to 7. The Home recovery was short-lived as The Heslam Park boys struck back within a minute of the re-start as lively scrum-half, Mclean broke around the blind side of the ruck and run round under the posts. Woollard converted for a 17 points to 7 advantage and then first missed and then converted a penalty to close out the first half with a 20 points to 7 advantage.
Scunthorpe started the second half facing the strong wind and good ball control was essential. After only 2 minutes of the restart, Chris Neal ran the ball out of defence to within the home ‘22’, recycled possession enabled Woody Viamoso to exploit a minimum of space to finish in the left hand corner. Woollard was unable to improve the try. The Greens needed the first score of the half to cement their control of the game.
Newark was unable to make any effective use of the wind advantage and it was Scunthorpe that created more of the scoring opportunities. It took however until the final minute of normal time for Captain, Tom Foster, to surge in from 20 metres out for the final score and a 30 points to 7 victory.