For the first league fixture of the season, The Greens fielded a side minus their Captain Tom Foster. The side contained many experienced players and was able to overcome the loss of their captain. Michael Smith and Colin Chapman were making the league debuts at Heslam Park and the game was set fair with their Staffordshire visitors riding the wave of promotion.
Nick Syddall captained the home boys as they set fourth on the new campaign against a very committed Burton team. Things remained fairly even for the first 15 minutes until Scrum-Half, Eddie Nicholls broke from loose play on the home 10 metre line evading several tackles to score under the posts. Dave Archer converted and the visitors were ahead by 7 points to nil.
The game remained fairly static until Scunthorpe managed to complete a series of phases that eventually resulted in Rewiti viamoso crossing for a try to the left hand side of the posts after 24 minutes. Steve Johnson converted to bring the home side level.
Johnson increased the home advantage with another penalty 2 minutes later for a 10 points to 7 score line. The Greens did most of the pressing at this point and Johnson missed an opportunity after 36 minutes but he did succeed a minute later and took the home boys into the interval with a 13 points to 7 advantage. The set pieces were fairly evenly contested with the home boys having the advantage in the lines out.
Both sides were striving for that crucial advantage in the early stages of the second period with Burton having the initial territorial advantage and an Archer penalty was able to bring them to within 3 points at 13 points to 10 after 2 minutes. The game was very evenly poised at this point but it was Scunthorpe that was able to pull away again when they were awarded a penalty for Johnson to add the extra 3 points for a 6 point cushion at 16 points to 10.
Scunthorpe were gradually increasing the pressure which resulted in Burton’s Jack Neal being yellow carded. Johnson missed from the resulting penalty but The Greens were awarded a penalty try 2 minutes later from a 5 metre scrum to which Johnson added the extras for a 26 points to 10 lead.
Burton were now thoroughly dejected and it only remained for Scunthorpe to press home their advantage and gain a late penalty for a 29 points to 10 victory to start the new season.
Match Report by LWJClayton