Weekend win would ramp up pressure
THE pressure will again be off Scunthorpe RUFC when they travel to another of National Three Midlands' in-form sides on Saturday.
But coach Tim Robinson is desperate for the Greens to pick up as many points as possible to try to give them the psychological edge ahead of their crunch game at fellow strugglers Syston seven days later.
Fourth-bottom Syston are six points ahead of the Greens in the league table ahead of the two clubs' meeting at Barkby Road on February 16 but they don't play on Saturday.
That means Scunthorpe must pick up at least two bonus points from their rearranged game at fourth-placed Newport if they want to travel to Leicestershire knowing a victory could move them out of the drop zone.
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"Whatever we can pick up at Newport will be a big help," said Robinson.
"We're six points behind them so if we could get a draw, bonus points or of course a win, we could realistically go to Syston knowing a win would move us above them.
"Psychologically that puts the pressure back on to them, especially as their run-in is a lot tougher than ours."
The Greens are confident Jake Barron will be available for Newport – who have won their last seven games – despite the fact he was taken off with concussion during last week's loss to Sutton Coldfield.