The Stags fielded a relatively inexperienced side, resting the injured and walking wounded. The Paviors side from Nottinghamshire came with serious intent and this was clear in the early stages of the game as they kept the ball and were prepared to go through many phases in order to gain territory. It was no surprise when they opened the scoring after 12 minutes of play with a well executed catch and drive from a line-out in the home ‘22’. The Conversion was missed but they had taken a 5 points to nil lead.
The home team struggled to settle and the ball was not retained in contact thus making it difficult to put any continuity in place. Giving away a string of penalties also added to their problems. The pack with only the experienced Ollie Cole to lead them, did very well in the set pieces but only had young Bram Hollingsworth as principal line-out jumper. They did however get to a position close to the visitors line and eventually Jack Rowbottom got the touchdown. Goodison’s conversion was wide but the teams were now level after 33 minutes of play. Both teams defended strongly for the rest of the first period and it was only a Goodison penalty in the 39th minute which separated the teams at the interval with a score-line of 8 points to 5 in favour of the Heslam Park boys.
Again it was the Nottinghamshire team that started the better and got over from close range after 6 minutes. The successful conversion meant that they had now taken the lead with a 12 points to 8 advantage. The Greens struck back almost immediately when a break by Paul Cook followed by a kick ahead was chased by Colin Chapman who won the race to the touchdown. The conversion was missed but Scunthorpe had taken the lead by 13 points to 12. The home boys went further ahead when Goodison struck a penalty in the 15th minute for a 16 points to 12 advantage. Paviors missed a penalty after 17 minutes to reduce the arears. Goodison however was on target for the home boys after 21 minutes to extend their lead by 19 points to 12.
Some indiscipline by the home team led to a simple penalty being given away which included an extra ten metres, for talking to the referee. The score-line was now 19 points to 15 after 24 minutes. Paviors were now in the ascendant and clinched the game with a clever chip over the advancing defensive line for a kind bounce and touchdown close to the posts. The successful conversion put the visitors ahead by 22 points to 19 after 31 minutes and there the score remained until the final whistle.
Some of the younger boys did play well individually but it was collectively that Scunthorpe missed their more experienced contingent for leadership.