The Greens travelled to play Hinckley at their Leicester Road ground for the first league fixture of the season in good spirits having had a decent build-up in their pre-season campaign.
The Leicestershire club can also boast a good build-up which included a win over National 2 North opponents Leicester Lions.
Hinckley showed two changes from the selected side with Mark Lord suffering a training injury which meant Joe Glover moving to the No. 10 position and Steve Thomas coming in at scrum-half. Scunthorpe lost Colin Chapman who has not recovered from his knee injury and also Dave Garbutt from the bench. Chapman was replaced by Steve Smith with Keiran Bournes covering the bench.
The game was only 2 minutes old when Scunthorpe were penalised at the break-down just outside their own ‘22’ for Glover to put the home boys in front. Undaunted, The Greens struck back when a good chase put pressure on the home receiver who was penalised for holding in to the ball in the tackle. Steve Johnson stepped up to convert the penalty and put Scunthorpe level. Only 3 minutes later and pressure in the home half once more resulted in a penalty which this time Johnson was unable to convert. In the context of the final result this was an important miss.
For the next 20 minutes or more the game remained in stalemate with both defences standing strong and neither team gaining any decisive break through. Hinckley eventually claimed the first try of the game when from a kick deep into their own ‘22’ and their defenders under pressure, the Scunthorpe line was slow to move into position and was caught out by a well constructed counter attack down the left wing where the pace of Mitchell Lamb and Sam Greasley led to the try for Lamb. Glover converted and the Home boys were in front by 13 points to 3 after 30 minutes of play. Glover had a late opportunity to increase the lead but the score remained the same at the interval.
Hinckley started the second half strongly through the driving of the forwards but lost vital position through conceding penalties, allowing The Greens back into the game and when they were penalised inside their ‘22’, 7 minutes into the second half, Johnson slotted the kick to make the score-line 13points to 6.
The set pieces had been fairly even up to this point but the big Home pack started to exert greater pressure and managed to maul the ball over for a try after 23 minutes of the second half. The touch down was credited to Luke Coltman but Glover was unable to convert. With the scores standing at 18 points to 6 the home boys were expected to kick on and take a bonus point win but it was the Scunthorpe side that took advantage of the binning of a home player to execute a catch and drive with James Dyson getting the touch down. Johnson converted with an excellent strike from the right hand touchline making the score 18 points to 13 and 8 minutes remaining on the clock. The Greens were anxious to get back into the home half but the right decisions were not made and the ball went to ground. They where then penalised at the subsequent scrum, and Glover converted to take his team to 21 points to 13, with 6 minutes remaining. Scunthorpe did mange to get into attacking positions only for the hard working James Dyson not being able to get his pass away.
The Greens deserved a point for their efforts whilst Hinckley to an extent felt that they were going to achieve a bonus point victory. The noise from their coaches and from many of their players on the park gave an impression that they had more chiefs than Indians.
Scunthorpe must now look to their first home game of the season for their first league points. They entertain Lichfield at Heslam Park next Saturday who had a solid 21 points to nil win at home to Sandbach.