Scunthorpe played their second home league game of the season at Heslam Park when they entertained Hinckley. Changes from the previous week included Rudi Van De Merwe making his debut in the centre but with the influential Nick Syddall being absent through injury.
Expectations were high following the two wins to date and the Heslam Park faithful turned up in reasonable numbers.
The opening exchanges were quite lively with the visitors being first to go through their paces but it was the home boys that gained the initial impetus through a penalty from Steve Johnson after only 7 minutes of play. The momentum remained with the home boys as Captain Tom Foster, having gained advantage at a penalty situation and directed a kick to the open side where winger Colin Chapman pursued the ball and touched down in the corner after 17 minutes. Johnson converted with an excellent strike to give the home boys a 10 points to nil advantage after 17 minutes.
Hinckley came back through their forwards and Tom Walsh kicked a penalty after 21 minutes to put them 10 points to 3 in arrears after 17 minutes and then having maintained pressure missed a penalty after 27 minutes to reduce the margin.
The pattern of play was now clearly defined with Hinckley playing through their powerful pack and the home boys attempting to move the ball wide. Hinckley gained the position that they craved with a lineout close to the home line and the subsequent catch and drive resulted in a try for Joe Glover after 31 minutes for only a 10 points to 8 margin to the home side after 31 minutes.
Both Teams had two penalty opportunities before the end of the first half to add to their tally but both sets of kickers failed. So we reached the half-time whistle with a 10 points to 8 advantage to the home boys.
Hinckley were straight on the attack during the second half and won a position in the home ‘22’ from which they performed another classic catch and drive for an unconverted try which gave them the lead for the first time in the game at 13 points to 10 after only 5 minutes of the second period.
The Greens tried desperately to come back but their efforts seemed to be a bit frantic and uncontrolled and were therefore not able to make a concerted effort. Mistakes also meant they were not able to go through controlled phases which could put the opposition under pressure. It was therefore no surprise that it was Hinckley who gained a position in the home ‘22’ and once more went through the catch and drive for a try and a 18 points to 10 advantage after 37 minutes. Try as they might, The Greens were unable to mount a sustained attack which would either bring them back into the game or give them a bonus point out of the game. They were rather unfortunate when Johnson having broken through the opposition defence, chipped ahead for the Hinckley fullback to take the ball over his own line only to see the referee rule that it was a Scunthorpe attacking player that carried the ball over the line and award a drop-out to the visitors instead of a 5 metre scrummage to the home boys.
Match Report by LWJClayton