Gainsborough Maoris were pipped by hosts Scunthorpe Rugby Club on Saturday, losing 21-19 despite a second half comeback.
There was a slight breeze around Oglesby Park with fine playing conditions and a chance to score a hole in one with a victory over local rivals.
Gainsborough took a bit of time to get into the match as they unfortunately let Scunthorpe score two tries that were successfully converted which gave the home side a 14-0 lead.
This somewhat kick started the Maoris intentions as Daniel Chadwick broke free, palming off oncoming challenges to run over for Gainsborough’s first score of the match. which saw him ground the ball in Scunthorpe’s try area.
Sean Parker began contributing towards Gainsborough’s end of the scoreline by converting Daniel’s try and that saw Gainsborough starting a comeback.
With Gainsborough trailing 14-7 with a converted try in it, Scunthorpe spoiled this by running over their last try of the game.
And they kicked home the conversion meaning their lead was extended to 21-7.
Neither side could add to the scoreline before the half-time whistle.
The second half kicked off with a bit more enthusiasm from Gainsborough, knowing that there was still plenty of ltime to get something out of the game.
One of the Gainsborough Maoris newest recruits Jordan Krakow scored his first try for the club.
Good timing and great accurate passing ended with Krakow having the try line in sight and he full advantage of this to scored Gainsborough’s penultimate try.
When Sean Parker converted this closed the gap to 21-14 to the Scunthorpe outfit.
Scunthorpe were getting frustrated and nervous of the Maoris.
Will Cawte then popped up with a try which was delightfully assisted by Krakow and brought the Gainsborough men to within two points.
But unfortunately the follow up kick was not successful meaning the full-time result was 21-19 to Scunthorpe and the Maoris went home empty handed.
But they can be proud of their performance as they kept their discipline and gave Scunthorpe something to digest and made it difficult for them to do any sort of damage.
It was an even game in some aspects with both teams dominating small periods.
Gainsborough’s overall performance was better than what the scoreline suggests.
This weekend Gainsborough Maoris are on the road again, travelling to take on Cleethorpes II, while the All Blacks are again without a fixture.