Having suffered their first defeat of the current campaign last Saturday at Dunstable, The Greens got back on track with an emphatic 35 points to nil victory at Heslam Park against Ilkeston.
The visitors arrived with plenty of vocal support from their travelling fans and were justifiably confident following their home victory over a strong Paviors outfit the previous week.
The Greens started playing with the breeze and were soon on the attack with Mark Watterson making an immediate impact in the centre. A promising position was established under the visitors’ posts and with a score looking certain, the home boys were penalised at the ruck for a support player going to ground. This gave Ilkeston only momentary respite as more pressure from a scrummage close in, enable Dave Garbutt to power over. Mark Woollard converted and The Greens were on their way with just 6 minutes on the clock.
The South Derbyshire club were coming more into the game as they claimed a greater share of possession. They were however, always scrambling for tidy ball as the home boys put them under a lot of pressure in the set pieces. They desperately attempted to impose there quick tempo, expansive style on the match but were stifled by the strong home defence.
Although Ilkeston had a man in the bin from the 14th minute of play, it took Scunthorpe until the 24th minute to add to their score when Woollard converted another penalty. With the Visitors coming under increasing pressure, more penalties were conceded and Woollard, in great kicking form, added to the total in the 29th and 38th minutes.
As half-time approached, Scunthorpe put together the best move of the match as Woody Viamoso broke clear to send full back Chris Neal racing down the left flank for an excellent try. Woollard added the extras to take the home boys into the interval with a 23 points to nil advantage.
The second period followed much the same pattern as the first with the visitors trying to throw off the shackles of a dominant home scrummage combined with clinical defence. It took the home boys 17 minutes to add to their score-line and it was no surprise that it came from forward pressure as hooker Gareth mist was driven over the line. Woollard again added the extras for a 30 points to 0 lead.
Dave Garbutt showed how much he had been missed the previous week by grabbing his second touch-down after 25 minutes which, for once, the metronomic Woollard failed to convert. During the remainder of the game Scunthorpe should have added to their tally but wrong options prevented any further scores.