Scarborough - 1st XV
Scarborough slipped to an extremely disappointing defeat against Driffield as the hosts ran out 43-7 winners at Kelleythorpe.
Simon Smith made two changes from last weekend’s victory over Durham City with Matty Jones and Angus Frend returning to the starting lineup and his side were immediately on the back foot. Having initially put the ball into the corner, the home side managed to turn defence into attack and in the 10th minute open the scoring. They put together a flowing move and scrum-half Joseph Robinson scored an unconverted try for 5-0. A hand full of errors from Simon Smith’s side allowed outside centre Ben Dinsdale to collect the ball and break down the wing to score. The difficult conversion was missed by James Watts but his side sat in a comfortable position at 10-0. In the 31st minute, Driffield crossed over the try line for their third unconverted try with winger Benjamin Blacker breaking clear out wide to score. On the stroke of half time, the bonus point was secured as Sam Jackson’s attempted flick was lost and Kyle Dench could collect the loose ball and score under the posts. Watts adding the extras to leave his side leading 22-0 at half time.
The second-half began in the same fashion with the Kelleythorpe outfit applying even more pressure on the Scarborough defence. In the 54th minute, scrum-half Jordan Wakeham received the game’s first yellow card for talking back to the referee as his side were now camped on their own line. Just minutes later, scrum half Robinson bagged his second try of the game as he weaved through the tackles to score in the corner. Watts converted a difficult kick to stretch his sides lead to 29-0. The sides were level in the 59th minute as a late tackle on Jackson saw a Driffield man sent to the bin. This didn’t stop the promotion chasing hosts as they applied even more pressure and added another converted try in the 64th minute courtesy of Ryan Longville. At 36-0, the visitors started to see a bit more of the possession but struggled to break through the defence. Another converted try was added in the 69th minute as a knock-on from Komiti Tuilagi presented fullback Ryan Longville with the opportunity to race clear and score under the posts to leave the game at 43-0. With seconds remaining of the game, the travelling faithful finally had something to cheer about as winger Jonty Holloway found space out wide to score his sides first try. Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for 43-7 and the referee brought the game to an end with Scarborough entertaining Morley on Saturday as they look to bounce back from a disappointing display.
Scarborough: 1. nino cutino, 2. matty jones, 3. joe nellist, 4. luke brown, 5. will rennard, 6. will leah, 7. euan govier, 8. drew govier, 9. jordan wakeham, 10 tom ratcliffe, 11. angus frend, 12. billy parker, 13. via tuilagi, 14. jonty holloway, 15. tom harrison Substitutes: 16. tom read 17. jordan holloway 18. sam jackson
Scarborough News "Man of the Match": drew govier
In a game full of few positives, the skipper lead from the front in both defence and attack and shone throughout the game.