Best display of season but Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club lose 14-43 to Ampthill
Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club put on a heroic performance, their best of the season by far, and for an hour were topside of second placed Ampthill.
The Greens got off to a great start and were on the scoreboard within a minute.
Jake Barron, who was outstanding throughout the game, picked and drove on from a scrum.
The ball was recycled blind and Rewiti Vaimoso blasted his way down the touchline.
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It looked as though the move had gone dead when Chris Neal popped up to scramble in the corner.
Steve Johnson slotted over an amazing touchline conversion and all around the ground were some bemused faces.
Scunthorpe had got the bit between their teeth and Ampthill did not know what had hit them.
On 8 minutes Will Harrison made a great break and had he passed he had men over for a certain try.
However he took the ball on and was tackled inches short of the line.
Ampthill sealed off the ball, illegally preventing the release, the referee deeming this worthy of a penalty try.
Johnson converted and the Greens were leading 14-0.
Ampthill were shaken and began to make some odd decisions and some silly errors, they were clearly rattled and this was not in their script.
It was inevitable that Ampthill would come back at Scunthorpe and they did with pace and penetration.
However the Green giants tackled their hearts out and kept them at bay for twenty minutes.
Eventually the home side ran out of tacklers and the visitors scored in the corner through their talented winger Kyle Palm.
Centre Paul Davies converted for the extra two points.
A further period of attrition ensued and Scunthorpe continued to tackle their hearts out and take on their opponents showing no respect for their relative league positions. Then just before half time it was that man palm again who cut through the home defence with a mazy run to score under the posts, Davies once again converting. A high tackle from Ampthill just inside their own half saw the last word of the half go to Scunthorpe. Steve Johnson lined up to try an audacious attempt at a penalty goal it had the distance but just shaved the right hand upright. Half time came and the visitors received a good dressing down from their ex-Welsh international Paul Turner. Could Scunthorpe keep up the intensity and snatch the most unlikely of victories.
Whilst the Scunthorpe pack achieved parity in the first half the much bigger and fitter Ampthill began to take over.
On 48 minutes they score the first of two push over tries.
Scunthorpe gave away a penalty and Ampthill elected for the scrum.
Number 8 Phil Lane claimed the push over try and Davies converted.
Ampthill were now looking ominous but the Greens were not going to roll over.
Their sheer grit and determination was typified when Ampthill broke away it was the giant Matt Power who galloped across the park like a gazelle on the Serengeti, stretch out his long arm to bundle the right winger into touch.
On 53 minutes Lane claimed his second push over try which was unconverted to go 24 – 14 ahead.
Scunthorpe were still in with a chance with ten minutes to go but two unfortunate yellow cards and a side that were completely shattered after putting up such a sterling effort allowed Ampthill to run away with things and score three more tries to run out comfortable winners 14 – 43.