What started out as a bright and sunny morning descended into thick fog by the time the kick-off rolled around at 2.15pm.
Scunthorpe were pleased to welcome back Captain, Tom Foster following his injury lay-off and Oli Wood but then had to contend with the absence of Guy Mychajluk and Ash Dibden. The first half was a tight contest with defences generally on top and it was The Greens that were first on the board through a Steve Johnson penalty after 14 minutes. South responded with a penalty from their leading points scorer, Rick Aley after 24 minutes to level the game.
The game once more descended into stalemate until on the cusp of halt-time the visitors executed a ‘catch and drive’ from an attacking lineout for a try. Aley failed to add the conversion, so the half time the break came with South taking an eight points to three advantage.
The Leicestershire boys were quickly out of the blocks for the second period by upping the intensity of their game and spread the ball wide to the left with Scrum half Adam Shaw getting the touchdown. Aley converted for a 15 points to 3 lead after only two minutes of the second period. He the added another penalty after 11 minutes for a 18 points to 3 lead. The Greens responded by increasing the tempo of their game and following a fabulous break from the base of the scrum by Jake Barron, followed by a 40 metre dash into the opposition ‘22’, he set up the position from which Colin Chapman scored. Johnson added the extras with a superb touchline conversion to put the home side back into contention at 18 points to 10 after 14 minutes of play. However, another Aley penalty after 24 minutes followed by a Nick Cairns try from a clever Aley cross-kick just about sealed the game at 28 points to 10 after 26 minutes.
As the foggy gloom increased so did the mood of the home support as spectating descended into a guessing game. South did have one more trick up their collective sleeves, when they were awarded a penalty try at the death, when Nick Dyson was yellow carded leaving 7 men in the scrum that was penalised.
So, a very gloomy day at Heslam Park in every way. Tim Robinson will hope to have more of his squad fit and available to travel to third in the table Sedgley Park next Saturday.
Match Report by LWJClayton