The score line suggests a close game but this was far from it at Hinckley’s Leicester Road ground. Scunthorpe could not get going until the final 15 minutes when it was all too late.
Hinckley got off to a flying start quickly putting the Green defence under the cosh. The defence held out for a number of waves but eventually succumbed when the Hinckley 7 Tom Morris scored a 3rd minute try from constant pressure. The robust fly half Ryan Oakes converted for the extra two points. Then four minutes later a very youthful full back Sam Southall scored a try as he scooted round Karl Clayton and left him for dead. Once again Oakes added the extras. Being 14 points down suddenly inspired the Scunthorpe team and with some direct running from Rewiti Vaimoso
and the effervescent Olly Wood they made Hinckley defend with all their might. Karl Clayton missed a difficult penalty and then to add insult Oakes kicked a home side penalty and at the half way mark Scunthorpe found themselves 17 nil down. It was to be hoped that a big improvement would be shown, particularly in the area of the restart which was abysmal.
At last the score board registered 3 points as Karl Clayton was successful with a well taken penalty. But Scunthorpe then conceded another try as the influential No8 Ben Ashfield got the touchdown from a catch and drive line out. This resulted from a touch find after Scunthorpe had given away yet another penalty. Oakes duly obliged with the extra two. This time the Greens responded well and played some sensible rugby in the opponents half. From a scrum the ball went wide and was well retained. Gareth Mist
punched on followed by Nick Syddall. The ball found its way to Vaimoso on the wing who then slipped a neat pass for Tom Foster
to score under the posts, Clayton converted. At 10 -24 Scunthorpe were back to a two scores margin only to see it stretch away again on 69 minutes when they gave away another soft try. Then in the last 10 minutes Rewiti Vaimoso
scored a brace of tries. The first one came from a Hinckley scrum, Scunthorpe drove the home side off the ball and used the possession to get the ball to Vaimoso who broke the defence to score. Karl Clayton hit the post with the conversion. With the clock entering injury Hinckley had possession and failed to find touch, Scunthorpe countered and good hands form the youngster Josh Jones
saw Vaimoso collect the ball and do what he does best and score in the corner. Clayton missed the conversion and then time had run out for the Greens and Hinckley collected their 5 points. Scunthorpe should have taken at least a point from this game but for a very poor first half.