Scunthorpe RUFC coach Tim Robinson all smiles ahead of Ampthill fixture
COACH Tim Robinson says he has a ‘smile back on my face’ ahead of Scunthorpe RUFC’s return to action in National Three Midlands at the weekend.
The Greens face promotion hopefuls Ampthill at Heslam Park on the back of seven straight defeats, the last of which, against Syston, their main rivals to avoid relegation, put a huge dent in their survival hopes.
In the absence of a league fixture, Scunthorpe took a mixture of first and second-teamers up to York to play their 2nd XV in a friendly and won 39-5.
Robinson is hoping it will help their preparations for the game with Ampthill, a side who have been beaten just once all season.
“At the end, in the huddle, we looked at the scoreboard and said ‘look, there’s a new phenomenon’,” laughed the former full-back.
“There was a good bit of banter between the lads too. The second team captain said to the first-teamers coming in ‘don’t lose our winning run’.
“It was a decent workout for us. York’s twos have been doing really well in their league.
“They didn’t say they had any first-teamers playing, but I can pretty much guarantee they would have as they had a league break as well.
“The two sides were pretty well-matched, but in the second half we played some good stuff and became a lot more fluid.”
Such is the way this season is going for the Greens, their hopes of climbing out of the bottom three took a knock at the weekend without them even kicking a ball.
Syston were beaten 39-26 by Nuneaton, but claimed two bonus points to further edge clear of Scunthorpe.
“It was a good result for them,” acknowledged Robinson.
“Nuneaton are still pushing for promotion, so I always knew they would put up a good fight, but to see Syston get the two bonus points makes our task even more difficult.
“But that’s what it’s all about. We knew it wouldn’t be easy.”
Kick-off times for matches at Heslam Park revert to 3pm from the beginning of March, starting with the Ampthill match.