Scunthorpe RUFC will aim to catch runaway leaders Cold
Scunthorpe RUFC will attempt to do something no other club has managed in 18 months on Saturday – halt Sutton Coldfield's rapid rise up the league ladder.
The Greens face their toughest test of the season to date at the Roger Smoldon Ground as they tackle National Three Midlands' runaway leaders.
Promoted from Level Six last season, Sutton have won their last 32 matches – a run stretching back to April 2011 – and have conceded only 42 points and four tries this term.
Although his side travel to the West Midlands in a positive frame of mind after a 27-20 success against Newport last weekend, coach Tim Robinson admits anything Scunthorpe get out of their next test will be a bonus.
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"The approach is a little bit different to games like this," he said.
"They have had such a good start and they look like they're going to be up there at the end of the season, I would think.
"They've got four or five players from Rugby Lions and they've tied in with Molesley and get quite a few players on loan from there.
"They're obviously looking to go straight up again and obviously have a benefactor who is putting some money in. They want to be a National Two side.
"You can go for a try or losing bonus or even try to win the game, but at the end of the day you know they're a strong side and at home, most sides pick up points.
"We've got to go there with the mindset to just enjoy our rugby and play. If we can get a four-try bonus, we know we'll definitely be in the game and then you don't know what might come of it."
Two tries in the opening seven minutes set Scunthorpe on the road to a first win in three against Newport last weekend.
Their coach says it was an important result, though admitted the Greens' players were disappointed to have failed to add to their points tally in the closing half hour of the match.
"Before the game we'd said that we needed to get some points out of it, whether it be a bonus point, or a losing bonus," Robinson added.
"I was quite pleased to come away with the full five-point haul. Newport are one of those sides we are going to be in and around in the table, so to get points on them is great."