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Your News ‘Street Shuffle Trumps Spirited Scunthorpe.

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pspan style="font-size: 12pt;"‘Street put on a second half show in this penultimate /spanstrongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"National League Three Midlands/span/strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;" outing and last home game of the season at the /spanstrongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"Ivor Preece Field Rugby Ground/span/strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;", to please their loyal supporters; scoring seven well-crafted tries to add to a first half brace for a nine try 57 – 26 win over Lincolnshire visitors /spanstrongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"Scunthorpe RFC.nbsp; /span/strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"Despite further depletion in the backs through recent injuries ‘Street’s shuffled squad showed strength of character and a collective spirit in prevailing handsomely over an in-form strongScunthorpe/strong, who had showed why they have commendably escaped relegation again this season in winning five of their last six matches.nbsp; ‘Street welcomed back talented young lock strongCallum Tucker/strong after a five month injury absence; number eight and ‘Skipper’ strongChris Wood/strong after four weeks injury, scrum half strongNick Thatcher/strong from two weeks paternity leave and the gifted wing forward strongBeau Carney/strong carried on where he left off last week in at centre, in the absence of injured strongTodd Freemantle/strong and strongJordan Simpson/strong./span/p

pspan style="font-size: 12pt;"span style="margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; float: left; display: inherit; max-width: 123px;" class="wf_caption"img src="" width="125" height="125" alt="Gareth-Turner" /strongspan style="max-width: 125px; text-align: center; display: block;"Gareth Turner/span/strong/spanspan style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; float: right; display: inherit; max-width: 123px;" class="wf_caption"img src="" width="125" height="125" alt="Andrew-Murray-2n" /strongspan style="max-width: 125px; text-align: center; display: block;"Andrew Murray/span/strong/spanThe first half was an anonymous affair with fifteen penalties – one every two and a half minutes at best – and ten against the home team in the first twenty nine minutes; with seven awarded in a nine minute period leading to an inevitable ‘team sin bin’ for the unfortunate ‘fall guy’ strongChris Zutic/strong; and it is interesting in what strongMrs Freemantle/strong had to say, “iWere ‘Street that bad and strongScunthorpe/strong that goody-goody”?nbsp; You just can’t play rugby if you’re not allowed to have the ball!nbsp; /iMe thinks she has a point!nbsp; But you can only get it, or hang on to it, if you are not giving away penalties, real or imagined, and the reality is that between a very capable opposition and the whistler ‘Street were denied any really decent first half possession with which to express themselves. Instead, four immaculately struck, long range penalties by visiting centre strongSteve Johnson /strongset strongScunthorpe/strong on their way to a strong0 – 12/strong lead in the first half hour (and he missed another) before a threatening ‘Street build up; involving strongBeau Carney/strong, strongAndy Murray/strong, strongJamie Harrop, Matthew Solomon/strong and strongTommy/strong ‘five tries’strong Harris,/strong led to the hosts picking up only their second penalty out of twelve awarded in the first 31 minutes, to the vociferous delight of the crowd.nbsp; [I think the cheer must have had an effect because ‘Street were awarded all three of the remaining penalties before the break].nbsp; A kick to the visitor’s corner saw ‘Street’s forwards finish the good work off as busy number eight, strongGareth Turner /strongcrashed over,strong /strongafter ‘evergreen’ hooker strongStewart Pearl/strong had been halted short; strongCorey Venus, /strongcarrying on a great job at fly half in the absence of strongDanny Richards/strong and strongLee Chapman/strong, added the conversion for strong7 – 12/strong.nbsp; ‘Street managed to complete one more un-blemished passage of play to score an unconverted try wide right through full back strongAndy Murray /strongafterstrong Stewart Pearl /strongand his troops had created the space through some hard driving play left of field. /span/p

pstrongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"Half Time: Broadstreet 12 Scunthorpe 12./span/strong/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;"span style="font-size: 12pt;"‘Street players then employed the view that if you do not engage too much in contact, you cannot be pulled up for breakdown ‘mistakes’ and, added to that, ‘verbals’, which had reportedly annoyed “Sir” in the first period, were curtailed which resulted in another seven tries in the second half; firstly, through mercurial centre strongWill Owen/strong - one minute in; strongGareth Turner,/strong his second after a break by strongBeau Carney/strong on five minutes; strongStewart Pearl/strong got there eventually on 12 minutes and stand in centre strongBeau Carney/strong popped up, as he does, to finish off a consummate sweeping passage of play involving strongGareth Turner/strong, strongStewart Pearl/strong, strongWill Owen/strong and strongAndy Murray/strong;strong /strongall scores coming in the third twenty minute quarter. These were followed by tries for, yes, you just knew it! - strongBen/strong ‘Blockbuster’strong Dawes /strongon 26 minutes; and strongAndy Murray /strongrecorded a brace five minutes from time before a brilliant weaving sprint from his own half saw winger strongJeff Gregson/strong time a perfect scoring pass to the supporting strongCorey Venus,/strong two minutes from the final whistle. strongVenus/strong converted five to add to one in the first half for a personal tally of seventeen points.nbsp; There could have been more asstrong Matthew Solomon/strong missed out on a try three minutes into the second half, when a pass one metre from the line un-characteristically failed to stick to the big man’s hands and then; ten minutes later, strongChris Wood/strong suffered the same fate when he fumbled the ball ‘in-goal’ at the end of a 5 metre push-over scrum at which time strongScunthorpe/strong hookernbsp;strongGareth Mist/strong picked up a yellow card for an off-side offence.nbsp; Despite the heady score-line, Scunthorpe were by no means overwhelmed and their resilience under pressure, especially the second half, was admirable. They showed outstanding mettle throughout, scoring two spectacular tries in the second half; firstly on nine minutes through winger strongTom Hughes/strong and after thirty minutes, by fly half strongTom Foster, /strongboth converted by talented kicker and centre strongSteve Johnson. Dave Garbutt /strongled the way in the forwards for “Greenies” with a bullocking performance from the eight berth.nbsp; Similarly, great credit for setting up ‘Street’s pacy backline, via ‘tricky-dickey’ half back strongNick Thatcher/strong, must go to the forward pack of strongDawes, Pearl, Neil Tatlow, Harry Pendleton, Callum Tucker, Matthew /strongandstrong Andy Solomon/strong and a tireless back row of strongJamie Harrop/strong, strongChris Zutic/strong, strongChris Wood/strong and lastly, but by no means least, dynamic strongGareth Turner; /strongensuring that play flowed in the second half without too much interruption./span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;"span style="font-size: 12pt;"strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"Full Time: Broadstreet 57 Scunthorpe 26./span/strong/span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"Cameo Moment:/span/strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;" strongJeff Gregson/strong’s sprint through mid-field, to set up strongCorey Venus /strongfor the last try./span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;"span style="font-size: 12pt;"[or, was it that ‘cheer’?]/span/p

pstrongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"‘Good Luck/span/strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;" strongAlex Beddows/strong’ - everyone wishes you the best of good fortune in the Midlands Under 20 trials on Sunday./span/p

p style="margin-bottom: 6pt;"strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"Team:/span/strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"Pendleton, Pearl, Tatlow; Tucker, Solomon Matthew; Zutic, Harrop, Turner; Thatcher, Venus; Harris Tommy, Carney, Owen, Gregson; Murray./spanspan style="font-size: 12pt;" strongReps:/strong Dawes, Wood, Solomon Andrew/span/p

pstrongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"The Final Push next Saturday at South Leicester’s Welford Road will not be easy.nbsp; It never has been at that venue, so keep your standards high lads!/span/strong/p


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