IN a long-running theme to the season, Guisborough lost narrowly when they entertained Keighley at the Belmangate ground. Playing with the wind behind their backs, Keighley opened up a 13 points lead in the first half with a try, conversion and two penalties.

Having the advantage of the elements in the second period, Guisborough got back into the game when, following a catch and drive from a line-out, Matthew Flint crashed over, with the assistance of his pack, to score. JP Finken-Hayes added the conversion. Keighley stretched their lead once more with another penalty kick at goal.

Going into the final quarter, Guisborough needed to score twice to gain the win they desperately needed. A penalty kick at goal gave them an opportunity, but Finken-Hayes saw his effort strike the post. With the last phase of the game Guisborough pressure finally paid off. The home team pack worked their way forward, before the ball was moved along the back-line to Finken-Hayes. The winger’s arced run took him over to score in the right-hand corner. Lewis Robson attempted to add the conversion, but his kick also struck the post.

Losing the game by 16-12 Guisborough gained a losing bonus point, but with a bit of luck they could have had more to show from a spirited display. This evening Guisborough play Middlesbrough RUFC at the Belmangate Ground, kick-off 7.30pm.