Whilst Dave Garbutt returned to the Scunthorpe starting line-up Steve Johnson was out with a leg injury.
It has been several years since The Leicester Lions played at Heslam Park and now sitting at fourth place in the National 2 North table compared to fourth place from the bottom for The Greens. The Home boys started with great energy as they put the visitors under pressure but were unable to cross the white wash as the Lions defence held strong. It took until the 15th minute before Ash Dibden managed to power his way over the line. Paul Cook, who took on the goal kicking duties in the absence of Johnson, was unsuccessful with the conversion.
The Lions eventually created a position inside the Home ‘22’ from where they drove over from the subsequent lineout for Liam Hills to touch down. The try was not improved but the scores were now level after 25 minutes of play. With both teams playing to their strengths, The Lions attempting to out-flank the home defence whilst The Greens drove the ball on from close to the break-down, things remained unchanged until eventually in first half injury time The Lions created an opening on the right for a try by Jamel Hamilton. Again the conversion was missed and the half-time whistle sounded with the scores at 10 points to 5 to the visitors.
The second period was again a stalemate for long periods as both defences held strong. It was eventually on the half-hour mark that Scunthorpe managed to control a catch & drive for a try by James Dyson. Cook was unable to convert but the Greens had now pulled level. This situation did not last long as 5 minutes later the influential Marco Dellavalle managed to reach out at full stretch and just ground the ball on the line. Crucially replacement Elliot Bale achieved the only conversion thus far to give The Lions a 17 points to 10 lead. Scunthorpe responded strongly and only 4 minutes later Jake Barron was the beneficiary of a well controlled drive to score the try. Unfortunately the vital conversion kick failed and Scunthorpe remained behind at 15 points to 17. As the game went into added time The Greens pressed strongly and only desperate Lions defence kept them out with the final whistle coming to their aid.
A disappointing outcome for the home boys who gain only one bonus point from this game and must now see what they can return with when they go for a first ever visit to Otley next Saturday.
Match Report by LWJClayton