Scunthorpe will be pleased with this result over newcomers to the league Old Northamptonians on another sunny day at Heslam Park.
The Greens started well by playing the phases and keeping the ball in contact. A slight lack of concentration let Old Northants off the hook by giving away a penalty. Old Northants replied with a well taken try by scrum half Matt Ireland. Fly half Charlie Barker converted for the extra two and after 5 minutes Scunthorpe were 7 points down. Two minutes later Dave Garbutt touched down for the first of his hat trick, the second in consecutive home games. Mark Woollard put a penalty into the corner and from the ensuing line out a smart move saw Luke Scargall slip the ball to Garbutt who drove over in the corner. Mark Woollard struck a superb conversion from tight on the touchline and the Greens were now level. Scunthorpe were now beginning to test the Northants defence and but for some errors they would have racked up even more points. Scrum half Dan Mclean was having a great game, he has added a new dimension to the team by sniping around the base but also being able to get the ball away so quickly to give great attacking chances. Full back Chris Neal is also on song and his counter attacking prowess has asked questions in all the games so far. The second try came from an attack by Neal then Mclean picked up the ball from a scrum in the 22 and dived over for the 5 points. Scunthorpe were beginning to put some great phases together, the forwards were driving the ball on and Old Northants hooker decided to commit a silly foul and received a yellow card for his sins. From the close quarter play Dave Garbutt received the ball on the short side and just got the ball down before his was bundled into touch. With the score now at 20 -7 things were looking good, as the half time whistle called a halt to the proceedings.
As is often the case the second half started very quietly for Tim Robinson’s men as they struggled to hit the same heights. However they were patient and they had sorted the leaky defence to keep the opposition at bay. Mark Woollard scored another penalty on 54 minutes, he kept his composure after a nasty back injury sustained whilst lying on the floor. Two minutes later Dave Garbutt secured his hat trick from a five metre scrum as he bullocked his way over, Woollard added the extra two and at 30 points to 7 Scunthorpe were looking very comfortable. Coach Robinson made some tactical substitutions by bring on Gavin Drewry, Al Fagan and young prospect Tom Hughes to freshen things up. Chris Neal took over kicking duties and slotted over a penalty and then Rewiti Vaimoso scored a great individual try after quick thinking form skipper Foster, Vaimoso scored under the posts and Chris Neal added the extra two to take the score to forty.
Old Northants were a good team who came to play rugby and it was evident how they had done so well in the league. This made the victory even more poignant. Unfortunately top of the table rivals Syston also won well and keep the top spot by a points difference of six from the Greens. Scunthorpe are putting together a winning team which means a solid defence backed up with a pack who can deal with most put up against them and flair in the backs.