Scunthorpe dug deep and came back from 14-0 down with an immense second half performance to beat promotion rivals Paviors.
Scunthorpe carried on from last week and started the game in a really positive manner with Chris Neal scything through the defence to set up a try scoring position that couldn’t be converted into points. The forwards were looking in dominant mood and were ruling the line out and scrum. In the first quarter both No 10s missed kickable penalties. Scunthorpe tried an instinctive short drop out and had it worked Chris Neal could well have ran the length of the field to score. Unfortunately he could not collect the ball and Paviors counter attacked, their centre ran through the defence to score in the corner. The fly half converted for a 0-7 lead against the run of play. This gave Paviors a great deal of confidence and their supporters were cock-a-hoop. Then it was to be another Green error on 27 minutes that would gift the Notts outfit another try. Paul Sewell was in support and powered up the middle of the field, he heard a supporting player call for the ball so he put in a speculative pass which was intercepted by an opposition player. Paviors then went on to score a converted try and take a 14-0 lead. Scunthorpe had lost all confidence and the buoyant Paviors team had all the play. Half time could not come quick enough as Coach Robinson would call upon his rampant forwards to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
It only took one minute after the break to get on the score sheet and it was skipper Tom Foster who scored in the corner. It was a tasty try as Chris Neal fielded a kick, fed Rewiti Vaimoso who cut through the defence James Wade took it on and then slipped the ball to Foster who finished off a great move. Mark Woollard struck a great kick but it just went the wrong side of the upright. On 50 minutes Paviors gave away a penalty just inside the Green half. Mark Woollard had his kicking boots on this time and struck a great 3 pointer to claw back to 8-14. Scunthorpe were now camped in the Paviors half and a couple of try scoring opportunities went begging. Firstly scrum half Dan Mclean, a real find for the Greens, touched down in the corner but the referee was unsighted and gave a scrum back. Paviors were beginning to creak all over and all they could do was commit penalties. From one such penalty Mark Woollard punted the ball to within 5 metres of the line, with pack in so much control a catch and drive was a dead cert but the try scoring chance went missing. Eventually it was prop Paul Sewell who got the try from the line out, Woollard converted and Scunthorpe edged into a one point lead. Paviors were dead on their feet and it looked like Rewiti Vaimoso would eventually get his customary try. He was stepping and powering his way through only to have the ball nudged out of his hand with the line begging.
Paviors tried to counter attack from deep but the defence held well and as the referee blew the final whistle Scunthorpe were celebrating a great win from a transformed second half performance. Paviors had only lost once at home last season and this made the victory even sweeter.Next week sees the Greens on the road again at Northants side Wellingborough where they will looking to make amends for an unexpected defeat last season.