Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club Greens lose 35-20 at home to Syston
There was disappointment for the team and supporters at Heslam Park as Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club were defeated 35 points to 20 by Syston.
The Greens were still without Jake Barren, who was guesting for Nottingham in the British and Irish Cup, and also Oli Wood, who is likely to be out for a few weeks with a damaged rib.
Nick Syddall covered the number 8 position, while Ben Wright started in the centre.
The home boys were first to show their paces and after 10 minutes of play. Syston conceded a penalty in front of their posts and Chris Neal converted.
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For the visitors, Dean Bowles was yellow carded in the same incident.
Play was tight for the next 20 minutes as both sides attempted to impose their style of play on the other.
The Syston game-plan was fairly simple with the ball always being brought back to their forwards for close driving and ball retention.
The boot of fly-half Ian Smith would then be used for field position.
Scunthorpe played the more expansive game, bringing their runners into play.
It was on the half-hour that, from a position close to the home line, Syston managed to maul the ball over the line with Matt Ferguson getting the touchdown.
The try remained unconverted, but 10 minutes later the visiting forwards once more drove for the line with Ferguson once getting the credit.
Within first half injury time the Greens at last managed to get their game together and Tom Foster was the recipient of the final pass.
Neal was unable to add the extras and the half ended with Syston leading by 10 points to 8 and the game very evenly poised.
Two minutes into the second half, Chris Neal was unable to convert a penalty but a charge-down kick at the other end of the pitch resulted in another Syston try.
Once more Smith was unable to add the extras and Scunthorpe was still in the hunt at 15 points to 8 down.
Smith did manage to convert a penalty after 20 minutes which made Scunthorpe’s task all the more difficult at 18 points to 8.
The Syston pack once more rumbled over from close range to take a 23 points to 8 lead.
It was in the 28th minute that the home side struck back when an attack from half-way once more saw home captain Tom Foster finish a sweeping move for a try.
With the conversion missed the scoreline was then 23 points to 13.
The visiting pack had another trick up their sleeves went they caught Scunthorpe napping at an attacking line-out with a quick throw to the front which was passed back to the hooker for a try in the corner.
At 28 points to 13 this looked very much as if the points were heading to Leicestershire.
With time running out the Greens once more moved the ball out to the left where Rewiti Viamoso went round his man and his chip ahead was gathered by Chris Neal for the try.
Following Neal’s successful conversion the deficit was reduced to 28 points to 20.
The home boys were now searching for the try that would give them at least two bonus points from the game.
However, they were to be bitterly disappointed when Tom Foster’s attempted chip-through was charged down for visiting scrum-half Tom Lemon to score the try and also add the most unusual conversion with a drop kick from the in-goal area behind the posts.
This score was the last play of the match and the final score does rather look as if Syston won by a comfortable margin while the reality is that but for two charged down kicks and the home boys nodding off at a defensive line-out there was very little between the sides.
The Syston forward effort was always fully committed and for a team that was not of great physical size they created pressure at every phase of play.
Scunthorpe now face the daunting task of travelling to promotion candidates Ampthill for another difficult fixture this weekend.