Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club mourns death of member before losing 38-0 to Sutton Coldfield
There was a sad start to proceedings at Heslam Park for Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club on Saturday - long serving First Aid representative Brenda Harrison having passed away.
Brenda had served the club over many years as first-aid co-ordinator.
She will be sadly missed and the club's thoughts go out to her family.
It was also disappointing out on the park as the Greens were well beaten 38-0 by a Sutton Coldfield team riding high in the table and full of confidence.
It was Scunthorpe who got off to the better start with some driving play and good ball retention. They had a couple of opportunities to score when they attacked the line but errors prevented them from getting on the scoreboard. Then the match official issued two yellow cards with two minutes of each other. Ben Wright was the first to go when he was penalised for lying on and given his 10 minutes without any prior indication as is the norm.
On 13 minutes pack leader Nick Syddall was also sent to the bin for a high tackle. Scunthorpe conceded the first try as a result of the second yellow card penalty.
Hooker Jamie Taylor scrambled over after a catch and drive line out, Alex White converting for the extra two. Scunthorpe held the Birmingham outfit and played really well for the rest of the half.
The green scrum was dominant causing their opponents to transgress the law and pop up time after time.
The referee managed to penalise one of these but the rest went unnoticed.
As half time approached it was looking very promising at 0-7 and if the pack could maintain their dominance the game was still winnable.
Rewiti Vaimoso made one of his typical charges down the left hand side, Sutton Coldfield committed another penalty and the old faithful ‘Bridlington’ penalty was deployed. This time though to no avail and the Greens came away with nothing.
To make matter worse the opposition went down the other end and scored their second try. From yet another bewildering penalty they kicked to the corner and the pack drove over allowing prop Sean Harrison to score in the corner.
This time White missed the conversion. Half time was a little less positive at 0 -12 but there was still hope and promise going in to the second period.
Unfortunately the second half did not go well with Sutton scoring four more tries without the home side able to make any impact on the scoreboard.
Coach Tim Robinson tried to shake things up by bringing on all three replacements in an effort to add some momentum.
Unfortunately the penalty count and the inability of the referee to spot some skulduggery at the scrummage deflated Scunthorpe and they capitulated.
Scunthorpe did not get the rub of the green but sometimes you have to make your own luck.
With confidence now low and the team not firing on all cylinders the players, coaches and supporters must rally round and try eek out some passion, some form and some points if they to avoid the drop.