Heavy over-night rain, which continued throughout the morning and up to kick-off time, left the ground with plenty of surface water. Coping with the conditions would be the priority.
Scunthorpe had first use of the ball but failed to protect possession and It was the visiting Leicestershire boys that got on the scoreboard first , when following s few phases, Joe Wilson found the gap in the home defence to run in under the posts. He converted his own try for a 7 points to nil advantage after only 5 minutes of play. Hinckley again battled their way down into the home half, and following strong forward pressure, Ben Marshall was on hand for the touchdown. Wilson converted once more for a 14 points to nil advantage after 14 minutes.
Scunthorpe thereafter had the lions share of both territory and possession but failed at crucial moments to secure a try, with the ball being lost in contact. They continued to batter the Hichley line and were rewarded when Ben Hyde drove over. The kick was missed from wide out but The Greens had at least got some points on the board just before the break. A half-time score of 14 points to 5 was not insurmountable.
The first score of the second period was always going to be very significant and it was indeed Hinckley that gained the position from whence poor mid-field defending allowed Tom Wheatcroft to jink his way over. Wilson again converted to stretch his sides lead to 21 points to 5 after 9 minutes of the second period.
Scunthorpe again built up a period of dominance but were continuously thwarted by poor handling and decision making. A try did eventually come when the forwards drove over from close range , with the hard working Jacob Hardy getting the try. The conversion was missed but the deficit was now down to 11 points, at 21 points to 10, after 32 minutes of the second period. It was the visitors however that wrapped up the match when fullback Rory Vowels joined the attack to give his team their bonus point try and with Wilson’s conversion they ran out deserved winners by 28 points to 10. They handled the conditions a lot better than the home boys being much more controlled and although they had less territory and possession they executed their moves much more positively.
Match Report by LWJClayton