Bradford & Bingley
By Dave Campbell
A powerful second half performance saw visitors Bradford & Bingley overcome horrendous conditions of gale force winds and driving rain to progress to the quarter-finals of the Yorkshire Shield and end Scarborough’s unbeaten home run at Silver Royd.
Playing into a south-westerly gale Scarborough was immediately under the cosh and a flowing threequarters movement from the visitors saw centre Lachlan Moore leave several home defenders in his wake before a try-saving tackle from diminutive wing Toby Welsby abruptly halted his progress with the line begging.
With the start of the rain the game settled and Bradford flyhalf Gerhard Nortier and his opposite number Tom Harrison exchanged penalties for 3-3 in the 8th and 10th minutes respectively.
Facing the elements the Seasiders looked to keep possession and play controlled rugby into the teeth of the gale; retaining possession through their forwards with lock Phil Watson, flanker Ben Martin and No8 Isaac Faamau to the fore. But both sides found it very difficult in the conditions to get their threequarters into the game and the half end without addition to the 3-3 scoreline.
Playing with the wind and rain behind them Scarborough would have been expected to take control after a magnificent first half effort but following pressure on the home line it was Bradford who forged ahead with a try from prop Chris Fisher in the 51st minute. Nortier added the extras for 10-3.
As the half progressed the west Yorkshiremen looked the stronger and fitter of the sides even playing into the elements; good work by the visiting forwards was at last getting their backs into the game with the centres driving through the middle with Moore proving a handful for the Scarborough defence.
And he capped a man-of-the-match performance scoring in the 64th minute; having won a scrum in their own 22, a Scarborough clearance kick was charged down and the elusive Bradford centre gathered to touch down for 15-3.
With the Scarborough scrum creaking the visitors put the issue beyond doubt when prop Michael Crotch was driven over from short range in the 72nd minute. Nortier converted to stretch the lead to 22-3.
However Scarborough had the last word when following good work by substitute Martin Robinson, livewire winger Toby Welsby burst through to score a consolation try with the final move of the match. Harrison missed the conversion and Bradford & Bingley ran out deserved 22-8 winners of a game played in extremely trying conditions for both sides.
Not for the first time this season the Seasiders’ second half efforts let them down; that aside, pick of the forwards were Watson, Martin and Faamau. Behind them Jordan Wakeham, Harrison, Chadwick and Welsby took the eye.
st the elements, Scarborough’s fitness once again let them down in the second half against a fit and organized Bradford side. With the facilities at Silver Royd there are no excuses for lack of fitness.
Bradford & Bingley
Tries: fisher moore crotch
Conversions: nortier 2 conversions
Scarborough: scarborough: ratcliffe (capt), welsby, chadwick, white, young, harrison, ogilvie, hopper, langkilde, readman, watson, rossol, martin, faamau
Substitutes: robinson, zavatti, parker, day
Bradford & Bingley: bradford & bingley: gore, sutcliffe, fiddes, more, mitchell, nortier, scull, crotch, white, wederell, hughes, mitchell b (capt), whitely, akauola, cummins Substitutes: peglau clark fisher greaves
Scarborough News "Man of the Match": phil watson
The big lock made a massive contribution to his side’s efforts and was immense going forward in possession.