Danny leads Danesmen to victory


Scunthorpe 4ths 12

Scarborough Danesmen 22

The Scarborough development side put in a mature and spirited performance to take the honours at Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe, fielding a huge and experienced pack, played a 10-man game from the start as they used there superior sized forwards to hammer at the Danesmen defence.

Although the young Danesmen having found their tackling mojo once again were more than up to the task.

However the home side did have the upper hand in the early scrums as the Danesmen eight were giving away about two to three stone a man. This successfully starved Scarborough of possession from this phase of the game.

The home team eventually managed to finally crack the Danesmen defence and take the lead with an unconverted try after about 25 minutes.

From the re-start the Danesmen set up camp in the home half.

A quick re-shuffle of the visiting eight gave them parity in the scrum.

Together with their ever-reliable line-out the ball, at last they had the ball required to test out the home backs who were found wanting for pace.

The Danesmen were now in the ascendancy and Scunthorpe were leaking penalties trying to stop the Danesmen onslaught which simply gave the visitors even more ball to attack with and they soon converted this pressure into points.

After a series of surging runs from the visiting backs the forwards combined to take the ball further into the home 22 with number eight David Downes finding a gap to power over to level the scores 5-5.

Just a few minutes later Danny Wilson looped around his own backline to take the pass and run a try in from 40 yards out selling two superb dummies to a bamboozled home defence adding the extras himself for a half-time lead of 12-5.

The second half continued in much a similar vein with the Danesmen further extending their lead through a inch-perfect line out throw to the tail by Mark Hopper.

Blind side flanker Craig Holder collected the ball and weaved his way over the try line.

Wilson added the conversion to clear the gap between the two sides to 19-5.

With the bonus point looking on the cards the Danesmen were unfortunate to lose the services of fly-half Wilson who took a knock making a try stopping tackle on a rare Scunthorpe occursion into the visitors 22.

With no subs on the touch line and reduced to 14, Scunthorpe used their superior numbers to work a further try which was converted to pull the score back to 19-12.

The Danesmen’s numbers were further reduced when prop Mark Blackie was sent to the sin-bin for a technical offence leaving them with only 13 men on the park.

Fortunately Wilson soon returned back to the field of play and once again opened the point gap to 22-12 with a nicely-taken penalty.

In a game were every Danesman played his part to the full, skipper Danny Wilson gave a excellent clinical performance to lead his team to a well-deserved victory.