Sat 04
1st XV
1st XV  vs   Longton

1st XV vs Longton

By Peter Bright
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Another Fine Display

The rain had passed over Heslam Park by the time kick-off arrived and alongwith the sunshine, the Heslam Park Faithful were then treated to a feast of entertaining rugby.

Changes to the line-up from thee Lichfield game included Nick Syddall moving into the second row and Will Harrison starting at scrum-half. Tom Hughes moved to the bench which also included back-row forward Callum Davies making a welcome return.

It took only 4 minutes for the home boys to trouble the scorer when the pack drove over for a touchdown by James Dyson. Steve Johnson converted and The Greens were on their way. Five minutes later and Johnson struck a penalty conceded by a Longton pack that were struggling in the scrummage against the Scunthorpe eight. Only 3 minutes had passed before Tom Foster finished an excellent handling move receiving an inside pass from Steve Johnson. Johnson once more added the extras and The Greens had a 17 points to nil advantage. After 12 minutes Johnson took the scoring pass following a mid-field break by Will Harrison, extended by Rudi Van Der Merwe. The try scorer again converted and the Heslam Park crowd were ecstatic as their boys led by 24 points to nil after only 17 minutes.

Great credit to Longton who fought hard to get into the match and put some points on the board. They were rewarded when from a concerted series of forward drives Nick Syddall was yellow carded and from the resulting lineout they drove over the home line. The kick was unsuccessful but the visitors had regained some confidence and kept the score-line the same for the rest of the first half.

Just one minute into the second period and the Heslam Park boys struck again when Rewiti Viamoso took a quick line-out throw- in, which Tom Foster transferred to Van Der Merwe for the South African to fly through a gap and maintain his speed to the line. Johnson once more added the extra two points and things were looking good at 30 points to 5. Syddall was on the receiving end of a forward drive to touch-down in the left hand corner 10 minutes later. Johnson missed his first kick but the home boys were now 36 points to 5 ahead. Foster then brought Viamoso through with an inside pass on half-way for the Kiwi to power in from half-way. Johnson again added the conversion. After only 15 minutes of the second period the score board showed 42 points to 5 to The Greens.

Anyone who thought that visitors were dead and buried were disabused when Liam Price crossed in the left hand corner for Longton to which Grant Hallam was able to add the extras. They struck again two minutes later with a well executed catch and drive for another try to give themselves 17 points on the board.

With Longton still pressing, Scunthorpe scored the try of the day when Viamoso stole the ball on his own line and started and finished the move at the other end with the ball moving through 6/7 pairs of hands. Johnson had another easy conversion which also for the home boys to the half-century mark. Foster left the pitch with a tight hamstring and Johnson move to 10 from where he managed to squeeze through a gap for the final home try. Scunthorpe then had hooker Gareth Mist binned and Longton took advantage to score two late converted tries bringing them not only respectability but a valuable bonus point and a final scoreline of 55 points to 31.

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Match date

Sat 04, Oct 2014



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National League 3 Midlands