The Greens had Colin Chapman and Liam Brunt return to the squad yesterday alongwith Will Harrison, who was making his debut for this season. Tom Hughes was in the starting fifteen for the first time but Oli Wood, Nick Syddall and Eddie Newsum are absent through injury.
There was a greater sense of purpose from the home boys as they took play into the Bournville half from the start. They got their reward when Paul Cook slotted over a penalty from 40 metres out with only 3 minutes on the clock. They continued to pressure the visitors line and Harrison forced his way over from a succession of rucks close in. Cook added the extras and after only 7 minutes the home boys were in the lead by 10 points to 0.
Play then became more fragmented with both teams trying too hard to be ambitious. The Chocolate boys gradually worked their way into the game after conceding a succession of penalties at the breakdown. They worked the ball across the home ‘22’ and eventually left winger Ethan Walker crossed in the corner. Rhys Harrhy missed the conversion but the visitors were back in the game at 10 points to 5 after 26 minutes. The Greens were shaken into action and responded 3 minutes later when the ball was moved out to the right and Sam Morgan crossed in the corner. The conversion was missed but the Greens had restored control with a 15 points to 5 margin on the board.
As half-time approached, they once more swept down the pitch and following a succession of rucks close to the visitors line, Harrison fed Grant Elliott who shot over in the corner. Cook converted with an excellent strike. Without any more significant action, the teams went into the interval with the home team holding a 22 points to 5 advantage.
Bournville came out with a greater sense of purpose for the second half and with their pack starting to exert pressure at close quarters, they gained a penalty after only 4 minutes but unfortunately Harrhy was only able to strike the upright. With Jay Johnson off the pitch, Will Harrison moved to the centre with Tom Hughes operating at scum half. Harrison took an inside pass from Tom Foster and broke through the Bournville defence on half-way and managed to link with the supporting Hughes for a fine try. Cook added the conversion and Scunthorpe were looking good at 29 points to 5 after 15 minutes of the second half.
The Chocolate boys were not giving up and they established a position in the home ‘22’ and drove over for a try, touched down by Sam Roe. The subsequent conversion by Harrhy was good and they had now reduced the arears to 29 points to 12. The home boys once more responded and from a line-out on the visiting 5 metre line, they managed to get the ball over with Harrison getting his second score. The conversion was missed but The Greens had completed a solid days work to beat a competent Bournville outfit by 34 points to 12.
Next week Scunthorpe travel to Shropshire and face their close rivals Bridgnorth who are currently third in the table and with an excellent home record. Only two games before the festive break signals the half-way point in the season and everything to play for.