The Greens travelled without their Captain Tom Foster and also influential Forwards in Ben Hyde, Jakob Hardy and Eddie Newsum. Al Fagan and James Walker made their debuts starts in the squad.
Following an exciting start to the game, Scunthorpe failed to keep out the strong North Lancashire team and went down by 48 points to 24. They did have the satisfaction of gaining a 4 try bonus point and showed great endeavour throughout.
The game kicked-off in fine conditions and The Greens were on the scoreboard within two minutes, when from a turnover at the breakdown, the ball was moved quickly out to the left wing where fullback Will Scammell sprinted over. Paul Cook struck an excellent conversion for an early 7 points to nil lead. The home boys responded when from a lineout close to the Scunthorpe line, the ball was driven over, with Ally Murray getting the touchdown. Jake Squirrel added the extras to put the teams level after 13 minutes.
Scunthorpe had their fare share of possession and went ahead once more after 16 minutes when, following several phases, Will Robinson ran a good angle to score under the posts. As Paul Cook had left the field with a cut on the head, Robinson converted his own score to take the lead by 14 points to 7. The Home boys were strong at both set pieces and worked their way into the Green’s half, retaining the ball allowing Nick Gregson to go over after 27 minutes. Gregson also struck a penalty after 31 minutes for the Hoppers to take the lead by 15 points to 14 following a rather harsh decision for a high tackle. A try late in the half by home fullback Jordan Dorrington allowed the Hoppers to go into the interval with a 20 points to 14 lead.
They certainly came out from the break with clear intent and increased their lead with a try just two minutes after the restart through Tylor Spence. Gregson added the conversion and Preston were now in the lead by 27 points to 14. They continued to dominate possession although Scunthorpe did get their share of play without being able to gain a score. Several attacking lineouts came to nothing as the ball was lost or stolen. It was the home side that once more crossed the whitewash in the 11th minute of the second period with Sam Stott getting the try and Gregson adding the extras.
Tyler Spence scored again in the 21st minute of the second half following another lost line-out by The Greens and with Gregson adding the conversion, The Hoppers now had a healthy lead of 41 points to 14. Scunthorpe for once won their own lineout ball and drove the home team back before the ball was move out to Will Scammell who made ground before sending Ben McStay into the right hand corner. The Hoppers struck back with a lineout drive of their own, with the try being awarded to Chris Taylor. The successful conversion gave the home boys a 48 points to 19 advantage.
To Their credit, The Greens fought right to the end and justly gained a bonus points try, when from inside their own half, they drove the ball up to half-way before a break by McStay was extended by Sam Morgan who fed the ball to the supporting Scammell to run in the try giving a final score-line of 48 points to 24.
Match Report by LWJClayton