The Greens made the long journey across Yorkshire for this Yorkshire championship fixture against a Keighley outfit that were currently on form and had only lost once this season on home soil.
With a couple of key faces missing and the weather conditions absolutely treacherous, it was always going to be an uphill task and that it proved to be as the Greens spent the first 15 minutes in their own 22. Keighley mounted attack after attack on the Greens line but the Scunthorpe defence was resolute, however due to the high speed winds and battering rain in their faces the Scunthorpe side found it difficult to gain any momentum going forward. Coult and Warrilow carried well from the back row, as did Rick Lee and Matty Ellis in the centres but it was only to be a respite for the Greens. Credit to the Greens the only point scoring opportunity in this period of pressure was a penalty to which Keighley failed to take advantage.
On 20 minutes the home sides persistence paid off as Keighley scored a well worked try under the posts. The conversion was successful to give them a 7-0 lead.
The Greens spent the remainder of the half as they did the first 20 minutes just protecting their try line, in particular Guy Mychaijluk putting in some crunching hits.
Half Time – Keighley 7 v 0 Scunthorpe
Now it was the Greens turn to use the conditions to their advantage. Ian Lee immediately used the boot to good effect, pinning Keighley in their own 22. After only 5 minutes of the second period played the Greens were back in the game thanks to Matty Ellis who’s season gets better and better each week. After several good phases of play by the pack the ball was shipped to Lee at 10 who found Ellis on the inside to crash over in the corner. The conversion was missed leaving the score 7-5 in Keighley’s favour.
The game then had a twist against the run of play as Keighley scored in the corner to extend their lead to 12-5.
Scunthorpe hit straight back and closed the gap to within 1 try moments later thanks to an Ian Lee penalty after another period of good pressure from the Scunthorpe pack 12-8.
With the game moving into the final quarter nerves in the Greens camp were starting to rise as they struggled to get in front and then with a sin bin for Westhead the victory seemed even more uncertain.
The Greens did what they do best though and knuckled down and got on the front foot with only 14 men, then the returning Westhead gave them the extra boost they needed for the final 10 minutes as they piled on the pressure.
With only 3 minutes remaining new found hooker Tom Fell managed to force his way over giving Scunthorpe the lead for the first time at 12-13 and for what would turn out to be the winning try.
Keighley nearly snatched it in the final minute as their centre went through 1 on 1 with the Greens full back but Robbie Johnson put in a stunning try saving tackle to claim the victory.
Scunthorpe maintain their status at the top of the league thanks to the best 40 minutes of defence they have provided all season!