The Greens came away from Huddersfield bitterly disappointed to have lost with the last kick of the game. Having out scored their opponents by 4 tries to three they were denied by a penalty call well into added time.
They travelled without hooker Gareth Mist who is still on his honeymoon but had Ben Hyde, Jakob Hardy, Will Scammell and Ben McStay were back in the fold.
The game kicked off in the shadow of the mighty railway viaduct that overlooks the ground and in fine but cloudy conditions. Scunthorpe once more had a poor start as the receiver dropped the ball and even though they did recover, early passes also went to ground. Play did however, settle down and Tom Foster put a long clearance kick into the home ‘22’ and when the ball was stolen by The Greens pack, Will Harrison stormed over for the first try after 9 minutes. The conversion was missed but Scunthorpe had establish a 5 points to nil lead. Good defence had kept the lively home threequarters in check but penalties conceded gave the opposition a foothold in The Green ‘22’ and their pack drove over for a try by Nick Sharpe close to the posts. Will Milner added the extras to put the home boys in front by 7 points to 5, after 15 minutes.
Play continued with neither side gaining any clear advantage until The Greens pack drove into the home ‘22’ and several phases later, Josh Bird darted through a gap to touchdown close to the left-hand upright. With Paul Cook having left the field due to injury, Will Robinson converted to take The Greens into a 12 points to 7 lead after 31 minutes of play. Scunthorpe shortly thereafter had Nick Dyson yellow carded and the home side took advantage when Milner struck the penalty and in first half added time worked an overlap on the right wing for Elliott Night to cross. The conversion failed but the home boys went into the interval leading by 15 points to 12.
The Greens were first to get into their stride after the interval, when after only 4 minutes, the ball was moved along the line, to the right and fullback Will Scammell coming in at pace rounded the cover and then came inside the fullback for an outstanding individual score. Robinson added the conversion to give The Greens the lead by 17 points to 15. The Greens continued to hold the upper hand with the pack putting in some great driving mauls. The home team then had a man sent to the bin and it was no surprise when from a lineout in the home ‘22’, Ollie Cole got the touchdown. Robinson missed the conversion but The Greens were now ahead by 24 points to 15, sixteen minutes into the second period.
The West Yorkshire side did gradually come back into the game and following a powerful run by Lewis Bradley, the supporting Liam Parfitt scored for Milner to add the extras and make the score-line 24 points to 22, after 21 minutes of the second half. Scunthorpe created some more scoring opportunities but failed to take full advantage. A turning point late in the game was a line-out in the home ‘22’ when Scunthorpe had just made some late changes which included the removal of Will Harrison who had been doing a fine job of throwing in at the lineout. This meant that at this late stage a new man had to take over and sadly the lineout was lost and also a great chance to close out the game. Huddersfield went down into The Greens ‘22’ and as the clock showed 6 minutes of added time, the Scunthorpe boys thought that they had legally turnedover the home ruck only for the referee to think otherwise and award the home boys a penalty which Milner converted and give his team a one point victory.
Match Report by LWJClayton