Whilst celebrating the return from injury of their captain, Tom Foster and pack leader Nick Dyson, the Greens nonetheless travelled with a much changed team. Once again young threequarters Liam Brunt, Keir Gosling, Josh Clarke and Josh Sarsfield were entrusted with a lot of responsibility. Also back for another run-out was veteran forward Phil Jepson.
Scunthorpe started the game well but stern home defence ensured that there was no breakthrough and when it came to their turn with the ball, home centre Mitch Lamb crossed following a break by Callum Dacey. Joe Wilson converted to give his side a 7 points to nil lead after 5 minutes. Four minutes later, Adam Johnson powered through following some good phases from his pack. Wilson once more added the extras for a 14 points to nil advantage. Scunthorpe did have their moments with Will Robinson making good use of the conditions with some long raking kicks. It was however the Hinckley boys that scored two tries in quick succession in the 22nd and 26th minutes . Both efforts being converted by Wilson for a comprehensive 28 points to nil lead.
Once more the young Scunthorpe team battled back with Rory Rendall-Tyrrell doing sterling work at the breakdown. A penalty was kicked into the home ‘22’ and following some hard driving from the pack, Ben Hyde was driven over for the try. Having lost Paul Cook to injury earlier in the half, Robinson was unfortunate to see his conversion attempt rebound from the upright. The Greens were finally on the board at 28 points to 5 and held this position until the end of the half.
Having to contend with some high intensity rugby played at pace, the young players drafted in coped fairly well but they had another 40 minutes to negotiate. It was however the home boys that struck within the first ten minutes when Lamb once more crossed the white-wash. This time Wilson was unable to convert, with the scoreboard showing 32 points to 5 in favour of the Leicestershire boys.
Scunthorpe once more had their moments of pressure but again the final pass was not secured and the vital breakthrough was not made. They did have the benefit of a big decision in their favour when home flanker Jamie Skerrett was red carded for foul play in the 20th minute of the second half.
As is often the case this acted as a spur to the Hinckley boys and despite some defensive heroics on their own line. Hinckley did manage to cross for two further tries through Ollie Pavoas from a catch & drive and a fine individual run by Wilson. He also managed to convert both these late scores for a final tally of 47 points to 5.
In their previous fixture, Hinckley had managed to defeat promotion contenders Fylde on their own ground, so the over-all performance of the much-changed Greens outfit was not too shabby. The Greens next game is at Heslam Park against Chester who were defeated by Fylde at their own ground yesterday by 51 points to 15. So, with a few more experienced players to return, they have everything to play for.
Match Report by Louie Clayton