Keighley Cougars Reserves 44-38 Scotland Students Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)
COUGARS Reserves recorded their first victory of the 2017 season in a game in which those in attendance enjoyed but the coaches will not have.
In a 16 try feast at Cougar Park, Scott Lindsey nearly saw his side lose after surrendering a 14 point half-time advantage before two late tries sealed the win.
It appeared to be a good afternoon at the office as the Cougars raced into a 16-0 lead after just 12 minutes through tries from Sean Kelly, Calvin Barker and Danny Lawton.
The Students got back into the game though with two quickfire tries of their own with Finlay Hutchinson completing an 80 metre break before Ethan Flowers went over after stealing the ball in a one-on-one challenge.
Despite this, the Cougars soon widened the margin on the scoreboard with Dane Weatherill diving over in the corner with Lewis Davey going in behind the posts following a break from the kick off.
Barker went the length off the field before unselfishly offloading to Callum Smithson to score but the Scots had the final say off the half as Niall Hogg turned through a tackle to touch down.
The Cougars appeared to have stayed in the sheds following the half-time break as Scotland closed the gap to two points with stand-off Matt Hogg scoring two quick fire tries first breaking through before pouncing on a knock-on to score from the free play.
Barker used the overlap to his advantage to squeeze over for his second to bring the arrears into one converted try but the Students had turned on the style with Hogg orchestrating the play.
Scotland took the lead for the only time in this breathtaking encounter with his pass to Hall setting the Prop up as he sold took advantage of a gap in the line to sell the dummy and crash over.
Hogg then took his own chip over the top to send Mike Dowding over in the corner to open up a four point lead.
However, a Kelly break through the line restored the lead for the Cougars with Lawton sealing his brace to wrap up the victory.