Scunthorpe Stags hosted Hull Ionians on Saturday 23 Nov. Scunthorpe fielded a slightly changed team from previous games with captain of the day Jake Goodison going to inside centre and Kier Gosling to Fly Half. From the kick off Hull immediately wen onto the offensive and Scunthorpe had to soak up wave after wave of attack, Scunthorpe managed to get their hands on the ball and managed to break into the Hull half. It was now Scunthorpe’s turn to attack with their forwards attacking the line, Hull gave penalty after penalty away until the referee had no option but to give a Hull player a yellow card for constant infringements. With Goodison calling the plays he saw a slight gap in the defensive line, called for the ball, bundled a would be tackler to the floor and scored, Goodison kicked the conversion Scunthorpe 7 Hull Ionians 0 after 17 minutes. Hull Ionians fielded a large front 5 but the Scunthorpe front 5 of George Mason, Matthew Mason, Jack Rowbotham , Lewis Meyer and David Ward were more than equal to the task and put the Hull scrum under immense pressure. From a stable Scunthorpe scrum Nu 8 Tim Dunk carved his way to the try line to get Scunthorpe’s second of the day, Goodison again converting. Hull continued to take the game to Scunthorpe and if it was not for them either knocking on or their line-outs being stolen by Scunthorpe they could have scored. Towards the end of the half Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty in the Hull half and Goodison confidently slotted the score. At half time the score was Scunthorpe 17 Hull Ionians 0.
Scunthorpe started the second half confidently and within minutes were awarded the chance to go for a penalty kick, man of the moment Goodison was again successful. Scunthorpe defended stoutly and made attacks into the Hull half, the backs got a chance to show their pace and dexterity and managed to realise Joshua Sarsfield into space to score , Goodison converted, Scunthorpe 27 Hull Ionians 0. Due to an injury to a Hull player the scrum went uncontested and at one such scrum, scrum half Billy Hardy sized onto his opposing number and stole the ball, Goodison received the ball land danced his way through the Hull defence to score his second of the day, he of course was successful with conversion. The game ended with the score line Scunthorpe Stags 34 Hull Ionians 0 . This was a very impressive team performance with every player giving everything they had, but much credit to be given to Jake Goodison for a commanding performance. Scunthorpe now have 2 weeks rest from the league and face Harrogate 2nds on December 14th hoping to maintain their current form and league position.