Despite arriving in York just 15 minutes prior to kick off and losing a number of key players including Mick Coult, Gav Drewry, Lewis Jones, Gav Hale and Olly Aldridge, the Greens started off the brightest.
Within 5 minutes the Greens registered their first points. After good work by the forwards, Andy Warrilow was found in space inside the York twenty two and despite the efforts of three defenders he was able to cross the line thanks to an aided drive by Rick Lee. Ian Lee converted to give the Greens an early 7 point lead.
Just minutes later Scunthorpe doubled their advantage thanks to the in form Dave Westhead. From a similar position to the first try, Westhead used his low centre of gravity to drive for the line, again being helped along the way by Rick Lee who was clearly up for the challenge. The try was awarded to Westhead to take his personal tally to 3 tries in the last 3 games and again converted by Ian Lee. 14-0.
Scunthorpe somewhat went to sleep from this point and found themselves on the back foot for the remainder of the first half. The only other points scored were in Yorks favour thanks to an excellent solo effort from one of their second row men which was converted and a penalty on the stroke of half time.
Half Time York 10 v 14 Scunthorpe
The second half was an even affair but neither team managed to register a score despite numerous opportunities. The Greens managed to get in useful positions in the York half on a regular basis, however it seemed to be one of those days where the set piece just wouldn’t come together and therefore any attacking opportunities meant the Greens were unable to capitalise.
A bit of handbags resulting in a sin bin for both sides was probably the only entertainment the second half really offered until the final minute when York thought they had scored to steal a late victory. However the referee pulled play back for an infringement and the try was disallowed.
The future looks bright for the 3rd team, coming away with a win having lost key players, not playing anywhere near their full potential and being up against one of the top teams in the divison away from home. A lot must be said for the improvement in defence from last season, having only conceded 10 points in their last 3 games.
Man of the match honours were shared once again, this time between Andy Warrilow who continues to perform and Rick Lee for his outstanding support play.
Full Time York 10 v 14 Scunthorpe