For the second week running Scunthorpe racked up over 70 points against weakened opposition at Heslam Park. Scunthorpe started very complacently and nearly let S&L in with a distinct lack of concentration. From the kick off Mark Woollard sent the ball straight into touch. With everyone expecting a scrum on half way S&L took a quick line out and scampered down the wing, poor options prevented a certain score.
The Greens countered from deep but Chris Neal failed to beat the last man in defence. On 9 minutes Gavin Kempthorne stole a ball in the tackle and ran 50 metres to score a great individual try in the corner. Mark Woollard hit the post with a tremendous conversion attempt. Skipper Tom Foster was next on the score sheet when he finished a neat move from a green scrum, Woollard converted to lift the score to 12-0. Woody Vaimoso scored a characteristic try, with great work from Tom “Touché” Turtle, Vaimoso received the ball, stepped and fended off defenders to score, Woollard duly converted. The confident young fly half then accepted the gift of a simple penalty and at half time Scunthorpe were 22-0 to the good.
Tim Robinson’s charges had been far too complacent and had committed far too many errors that will be punished by better opposition. A more clinical second half was demanded from the coach.
The half time team talk seemed to do the trick as Scunthorpe scored a total of 55 unanswered points. The players were fired up, they supported each other on the break and everyone wanted to get on the score sheet.
Dan Mclean scored the first with a classy blind side break from a scrum on the 22, a dummy pass created the space for him to score the 5 pointer.
Chris Neal was next to score with a stepping run down the touch, Scunthorpe remained patient and kept recycling the ball, eventually Neal scored and Mark Woollard kicked a superb conversion from wide on the touch line.
Tom Foster scored the second of his hat trick with some great handling, the Greens were attacking in waves and a slick pass from Tom Turtle sent the skipper in for the touchdown. In deference to the opposition they stuck at it but had very little to offer barely threatening the Green line. All the hard pre-season work and coaching was beginning to come to fruition as the Scunthorpe players ripped apart the Corby lads.
There were further tries from Wade, Garbutt, Foster, hooker Gareth Mist and 2 from replacement Ryan Dewey. The final score truly reflected the gulf in class as Scunthorpe turned the screw in the second half.
Every player made his contribution but it was the old war horse Micky Coult who picked up the Fallen Hero man-of-the-match award for an outstanding display in the back row. With the news that both Syston and Derby had lost Scunthorpe were now top of the table by 2 points, but with a visit to Syston next weekend a mouth watering game is in expectation.