Bradford & Bingley
A battling performance saw yet another re-shuffled Scarborough line-up give league-leaders Bradford and Bingley a real run for their money with the destination of the league points only being settled in the last five minutes of the game.
An early penalty from full-back Ant Coffey saw the Seasiders lead 3-0 and they looked the better of the two outfits in the early exchanges.
Although they battled all over the paddock, the Seasiders struggled mightily at the set pieces going back at the scrums and being out-played at the lineout.
With plenty of clean ball the west Yorkshiremen took control with centres Lachlan Moore and particularly Taylor Fiddes bossing the midfield.
Left wing Adam Mitchell opened the ‘Bees’ account with a blistering run-in and score in the 11th minute for a 5-3 lead and added a second in the 20th minute following slick work in the backs. Both tries went unconverted.
The visiting back row of Tom Booth, Tom Cummins and Masiu Akuaola looked to boss the battle of the breakdown but Scarborough’s Isaac Faamau, Drew Govier, Rich Scales and Liam Murray had their moments.
However, the next score came from a scrum on the halfway line when Fiddes was released to gallop through the home defence to score in the 29th minute and stretch the lead to 15-3 before Coffey cut that to 15-6 with a penalty four minutes later.
Scarborough gave themselves great hope and turned the first half on its head scoring a classy try just before the interval; A searing break from fly-half Phil Stewart took play deep into the Bradford half before releasing Tomasz Chadwick. The bulky centre broke several tackles and released fellow centre Paul White to power over. Coffey added the extras to reduce the arrears to a couple of points at the break.
Trailing 13-15 the gutsy makeshift home outfit turned the screw after the interval with half-backs Jordi Wakeham and Phil Stewart combining well and the high-flying visitors were shocked to fall behind with ten minutes of the second forty played.
Clean possession in midfield saw the ball moved right and then left through hands releasing wing Graeme Jeffrey who outpaced his opposite number Neil Gore to touch down for an 18-15 Scarborough lead.
Scarborough’s advantage was short lived however, and Fiddes re-captured the lead with a try in the 54th minute for 20-18
There followed over twenty minutes of jousting with the visitors exerting pressure and a spirited defensive effort from Scarborough who hung on tenaciously but never quite looked like nicking the game from a determined Bradford side.
As the game went into the last ten minutes it looked as if Scarborough might at least get a losing bonus point for their efforts but a close-range try from visiting No8 Tom Cummins in the 75th minute determined the destination of the points and probably the Yorkshire One Championship.
EVENING NEWS MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: LIAM MURRAY
The young Canadian prop had a mountain of work to do in a tight-five struggling with injury and unavailability and turned in a terrific performance in the tight and around the paddock much to the delight of the Silver Royd faithful.
A spirited performance from another re-shuffled Scarborough side. Things could have been different if Bradford had had a kicker. However, against what is sure to be a promotion-winning Bradford side they showed real commitment and fight and did their club proud!