Scunthorpe rugby boys triumph over Longton in amazing clash at Heslam Park
Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club beaten Longton 36-33 in a truly amazing game with a finale that will take some beating.
Scunthorpe yet again grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat with an outstanding performance at Heslam Park.
The Greens got off to a great start playing a high tempo game.
Chris Neal missed an early penalty then Longton began to find their feet.
From a silly Scunthorpe penalty, Longton took a quick tap and their strong running centre Hendry Vaka raced through to score, but Chris Buck missed the extra two.
On 20 minutes Chris Neal was presented with his second penalty, after the Longton scorer was yellow carded, and Neal converted.
The sides were very evenly matched at this point and they swapped a further penalty each, Neal and Buck duly converting.
Then, on the half-hour, the long-striding Longton full-back and captain, Luke Fowles, raced through a poor defence to score a try in the corner, Buck missing the conversion.
Scunthorpe seemed to be shell-shocked and their heads went down.
However the home side manage to stay in touch with another Chris Neal penalty after a second yellow card for hooker Wilson.
The Greens then suffered an easy turnover and Kaka scored his second try to put the score at 9 points to 18.
The second half was one to savour as Scunthorpe went on to score five tries.
The first try was well taken by Ben Wright making his first senior appearance for three years.
It was a textbook backs try as they took quick ball off the top of a line out and moved it swiftly through the backs for Wright to use his pace and power to dive for the line.
Chris Neal missed the kick.
Gavin Drewry was sent to the bin for hands in the ruck.
From the resulting penalty, Longton took a scrum and fly-half Chris Buck scored a simple try with a four-man overlap.
Buck failed to convert his own try but his team were managing to keep Tim Robinson’s men at arm’s length.
However, Scunthorpe had other ideas, this time Tom Foster scored a superb try by receiving a ball from Rewiti Vaimoso.
The talisman that is Vaimoso caught a long kick and after his trademark step made inroads to feed the Green’s skipper who sprinted down the line to score in the corner.
Scunthorpe tried to attack from deep and this backfired.
A mix-up in midfield saw Vaka snatch the ball and score a gift of a try which Buck converted.
Longton were now 19-30 in front with 15 minutes to play and Scunthorpe needed to stay within one score to have any chance.
It was to be Vaimoso who scored next from the solid scrum.
At 24-30 Scunthorpe were in touch but gave away a silly penalty which Buck converted to go 9 points in front.
With only ten minutes left the home side were playing determined and aggressive rugby.
They battered their opponents' 22, only to give away another silly penalty which Buck converted to stretch the lead to two scores.
Then, after a couple of early errors, Howard Bishop made good with a well-taken try.
Nick Dyson stole the ball in contact and some soft hands from Ben Wright saw Bishop in possession, but with two defenders trying to bundle him into touch.
However he twisted and turned and managed to get the ball down and put Scunthorpe back in condition at 29-33.
The Greens’ tails were up and they came back time and again only to be thwarted by Longton committing a string of penalties.
Vaimoso had chance to put Tom Foster in after an amazing run but could but get the pass away.
The game was now into extra time and Longton were hanging on by a thread.
After the fifth penalty, referee Jim Bullock had had enough and to the crowd’s delight he awarded a penalty try which was converted by Chris Neal.
The referee then blew the whistle and the Greens had won in extra time for the second home game in a row.