It was always going to be Woody’s day and so it turned out to be. An emotional start to the day for Woody as he was presented with memorabilia from the club at the prematch luncheon. He came in to a 10 minute standing ovation with many kind words and fond wishes on what would be his last game for the club having failed to secure a visa to remain in the UK after almost 10 years of individual unselfishness and dedication to rugby at Scunthorpe, both at the club and in the local community. It has been an enormous pleasure to have him at our club, we have been blessed.
Scunthorpe kicked off in conditions best suited to the arctic. A strong wind was blowing straight across the width of the pitch, which left most supporters searching out a hot toddy to warm the cockles of their hearts.
The early exchanges were even with both sides trying to keep ball in hand through driving play and inter passing. Lichfield were first to put points on the board when Scunthorpe were penalised for offside, Luke Massey slotted over a penalty in what was going to be very difficult conditions for the kickers.
Scunthorpe then started playing some good continuity rugby, and Oli Wood took the opportunity given and scored a well taken try, Steve Johnson converting to take the score to 7-3 to the home side.
Lichfield looked dangerous from the kick off securing their own ball and taking play into the Scunthorpe 22. They were awarded a penalty at a ruck which Massey on any other day would have slotted over easily, but the wind took its toll and the ball hit the upright to skew off into the dead ball area.
Line out play was becoming a bit of a lottery, once again the wind taking its toll with a great deal of not straights resulting in scrummages. The Scunthorpe scrum was having a good day at the office. Good compact strong driving saw them disrupt the Lichfield pack and allow a Lichfield attacking play turn into a Scunthorpe offensive play. On one such occasion having taken the ball off Lichfield at a scrum Woody put in one of his amazing runs, a side step, a hand off and then an off load to supporting players and eventually Oli Wood took his second try in the corner, to be followed by an excellent conversion by Steve Johnson, who gauged the wind to perfection.
From the kick off Scunthorpe were beginning to look to score again before half time with an excellent maul almost 40m down the pitch with the ball eventually lost by good Lichfield defence. Lichfield finished the half with strong attacking play into the Scunthorpe 22, by resolute defence kept them out and half time came at 14-3 to Scunthorpe.
Lichfield started the second half with gusto. They took their own kick off and strolled into the Scunthorpe 22 area, played the ball wide and a brilliant little kick through saw right wing Dan Rowlands scoop the ball up and go over for a try. Fly half Luke Massey added the conversion, 14-10
Scunthorpe though had the next score, from a scrummage just outside the 22, ball was moved wide to Viamoso, who showed his great strength and skill again, side step, hand off and cross the line for a try. Johnson missed the difficult conversion, 19-10.
Lichfield continued to play expansive rugby from their own 22, keeping the ball in hand rather than try to kick with the appalling wind. Scunthorpe defended this well and kept the Lichfield play in their own half. Ash Dibden made a good tackle in defence and stripped the ball from the Lichfield player, moved the ball wide to Woody again, side step, hand off, and another score, plus a conversion, 26-10
A knock on from the kick off gave Scunthorpe a scrum almost on the 10m line. Having won the ball Will Harrison at scrum half was unable to put the ball out wide but the cheeckily went round the back of the scrum and ran a good 40m up the touch line only for the ball to be lost in the pass inside to Foster who surely would have scored in the pass had gone to hand.
Lichfield continued to run the ball at all times, but stout Scunthorpe defence kept them at bay, Dibden again tackling hard and stripping the ball in the tackle.
A superb piece of inter play by the backs from a set piece scrum saw Dibden go through the gap and then followed some good inter passing with James Dyson eventually scoring under the posts. Steve Johnson again converted, 33-10.
Scunthorpe were keeping Lichfield pinned back in their own half, but they never gave in to their game plan, always running the ball out of their 22 only to be stopped by the Scunthorpe defence. Sam Morgan took a ball from a ruck just inside the Lichfield half and took a great individual score running 50m up the touchline to score in the corner. Steve Johnson was unable to convert, 38-10. Woody then had to leave the field with a slight injury, to rapturous deserved applause from the crowd.
Lichfield though were not to be outdone and had the last score of the day. Running the ball out of defence again, this time they made the gap, and good support play saw Greg Massy go over for the final score, Luke Massey unable to convert in the gale force wind.
So a final score of 38-15, a good day at the office for the boys in Green and a great send off for Rewiti Viamoso, a great servant to the club and Midlands Rugby.