Scunthorpe continued in their winning ways with an emphatic victory at Eakring Rd the home of Notts Cup winners Mansfield. The greens started the game in dominant fashion placing the blue and white stripes under pressure from the off. The forwards were superb at keeping the ball and recycling it, it was only silly errors that prevented them scoring. Once such error resulted in Mansfield turning over the ball, a kick and chase up field put unwarranted pressure on the defence, luckily Chris Neal was at hand to clear the lines. The scrum was also putting their opposition under immense pressure and shunting them off their own ball. It was on 16 minutes that the first try came. It was a typical barn storming run from Rewiti Vaimoso, evading numerous tackles to score under the posts. Mark Woollard converted for the extra two. The Greens them came straight back and camped on the Mansfield line only this time despite the valiant efforts of the pack they gave away a penalty for holding on and Mansfield were out of jail. Just on the half hour Gavin Kempthorne scored a great individual try. Mark Woollard put in a raking kick that looked as though it was going to roll into the dead ball area. Kempthorne was scorching down the line, the defender fumbled and the flanker got the touchdown, Woollard failed with the conversion. The Mansfield centre Jonno Williams kicked a 3 point penalty and then Woollard replied likewise. Just before half time Leon Parratt had to leave the field with a turned ankle and was replaced by Dan Mclean. From a scrum Scunthorpe scored the try of the game. The ball was moved swiftly down the line and Vaimoso injected his customary power and pace to race 30 metres as the defender approached he slipped a neat pass to Chris Neal to dive over in the corner for the try. Scunthorpe went to half time in a very comfortable position at 20 points to 3 in front.
Mansfield scored an opportunists try just after the restart when the Greens were in disarray after a penalty. Young prop Fagan was injured and should have sought treatment however he played on. Mansfield took a quick tap and their second row Pritchard got the five pointer, Williams converted. The sign of a good team is how they respond when they concede a try and Scunthorpe at the moment are a good side. They came right back at Mansfield with some rugged tackling and a turn over form Gavin Kempthorne. Dave Garbutt received the ball just over half way and stepped into a gap, he then sprinted the 45 metres to score a try in the corner. Once again Mark Woollard converted the kick from the touchline. The next 15 minutes were to show another reason why Tim Robinson has crafted a good team. Mansfield put together their best passage of play and camped inside the Scunthorpe 22. The resolute defence, typified by some robust tackling from the likes of Tomlinson, Mist and Fagan, prevented any further scoring from Mansfield. Young prop Alasdair Fagan got his just rewards when he got the final touchdown from a catch and drive line out. Woolard converted and at 34 points to 10 Scunthorpe were comfortable winners. Coach Robinson will be very pleased with another workman like performance from a team that are playing well for each other. The team spirit was exemplified after the game with the players wearing fancy dress as part their Christmas celebrations.