Bradford & Bingley
L 22 - 39
Scarborough - 1st XV
By Andy Standing
Scarborough travelled to league leaders Bradford and Bingley looking to improve on their indifferent performance at home to Old Brods in their last outing.
It was always going to be a tall order for the young Scarborough side against a Bees side who boasted a 100% record going into the game.
Scarborough were quick out of the blocks and in the opening play Tom Harrison danced past a couple of challenges before spilling the ball forward in the tackle. The visitors kept the pressure on and with less than two minutes played, Paul White burst into the Bees twenty two, he off loaded to Ant Coffey who made easy work of the last defender to give Scarborough the perfect start. Tom Harrison had no problem with the conversion to make it 0-7.
The hosts didn’t have time to regroup as straight from the restart they conceded a penalty. Tom Harrison’s pin point kick meant Scarborough were straight back in the home twenty two. Mikey Readman secured the line out and the ball was worked quickly along the line to the dangerous Coffey who drew his man before looping a long pass out to Matty Young to score in the corner. Harrison made light work of a difficult kick and Scarborough led 0-14.
Bradford and Bingley were shell shocked and despite a rally cry from their skipper they had no answer to the pace, tenacity and intensity of the Scarborough side. It was no surprise when Wesley Langkilde extended the lead after 10 minutes. Readman was again dominant in the line out and Langkilde powered over the line from close range despite the attention of three defenders.
Harrison’s kick had the accuracy but not quite the legs falling just short, but with only twelve minutes on the clock Scarborough led 19-0.
In previous games Scarborough have taken their foot off the gas rather than press home the advantage and this proved to be the case once again. Instead of increasing the tempo and intensity they relaxed and allowed the hosts back into the game.
From a scrum on the half way the home side went down the blindside and winger Richard Scully won the race to his own chip to score in the corner. Gerhard Nortier wasn’t able to convert from wide on the touchline.
You could see the confidence come back into the home sides game and they started to turn the screw. The Bradford & Bingley pack were starting to get the upper hand and a great drive allowed Ryan Wederell to score to further reduce the arrears. Nortier made no mistake from in front of the posts and it was game on at 12-19
Scarborough tried to respond and from a quick break, Jordi Wakeham fed Langkilde but his offload failed to reach Matty Young for what would have been a certain try. However the referee brought play back awarding Scarborough a penalty. Harrison calmly extended the lead to 12-22.
Having been so dominant Scarborough were now becoming ragged and we’re starting to miss far too many tackles and they received a huge let off as the hosts knocked on with the try line in sight. The reprieve was short lived as more missed tackles allowed Nortier to score, leaving himself an easy conversion in the process and the score was now 19-22.
There were no additions to the score and the half ended 19-22. Lee Douglas fired up his troops during the break and they came out quickly in the second half and skipper Ratcliff was hauled down just short of the line. The visitors surrendered the ball cheaply and Bradford & Bingley took full advantage pinning Scarborough deep in their own half. Nortier levelled the scores with a 51st minute penalty.
A rare foray into the Bradford & Bingley half saw Scarborough awarded a penalty for a high tackle but although Harrison’s long range kick had the distance it drifted wide of the uprights.
Scarborough were really under the cosh and being forced into making mistakes. Only valiant defending was keeping the scores levels but on 64 minutes the defence was breached as Tom Cummins touched down after the Bradford & Bingley 5m scrum. Nortier extended the lead to 29-22 with the conversion.
The hosts didn’t let up and Nortier extended the lead further with a close range penalty, and Nick Gore put the result beyond doubt with his sides fifth try. Nortier converted and the score was now 39-22.
There was still time for Ant Coffey to burst from his own twenty two. He raced onto his own chip then kicked cross field to skipper Ratcliff. In skills that would grace any football field Ratcliff kept the ball in play before kick it through towards the Bradford & Bingley line, but he couldn’t win the race for the ball and the danger was cleared. It ended 39-22 and a deserved win for the home side who after the first 15 minutes dominated the game.
Tries: coffey, young, langkilde
Conversions: harrison 2
Scarborough: williams, ogilvie, langkilde, readman, watson, leach, white, govier, martin, wakeham, harrison, jeffrey, coffey, young, ratcliff.
Substitutes: oxtoby, welsby, zavatti (all used)
Scarborough News "Man of the Match": ant coffey
A difficult one to call this week. Jordi Wakeham did very little wrong at scrum half. Mikey Readman showed good hands in the scrum and James Leach impressed at number 8. However in the early stages Ant Coffey sliced open the defence time and time again and when it was backs to the wall time he didn’t shirk his defensive responsibilities.