Scarborough - Vikings
A young Vikings side travelled away to Goole with eight players missing from the previous week’s big win against Bridlington so veteran ex-first team and Vikings players Simon Smith, Guy Woodward and Matty Purnell were called up to give some much needed experience to the side.
The Vikings received the ball from the kick off and had the better of the opening exchangers before the Goole scrum half intercepted a stray pass and raced clear to score the opening try of the game.
From the restart the Goole players ran hard at the Vikings and their big centres were targeting the ten and twelve channels with much success. The Vikings were uncharacteristically missing fist up tackles and the usually tight defence was in disarray.
Goole took advantage of the poor tacking and scored a further two tries after exploiting an overlap on the blind side and then punching through the midfield defence to race to a 15-0 lead after 25 minutes.
The Vikings had to rally themselves and put together a series of driving mauls and powerful runs from the pack before Rory Day found a gap to race clear and then put Ian Rawling in to score under the posts. Smith missed the conversion.
Injuries then started to take a toll on the Vikings side with Richard Scales forced to go off with a small nick above the eye and Lewis Bland twisting his knee and having to leave the field.
Despite these setbacks the away side came back into the game and after a great line out on the ten meter line the backs put the ball though hands and Smith put outside centre Alex Renwick through a hole to outpace the defence and score the Vikings second of the game. Smith converted.
Goole pressed hard for the rest of the first half and got their reward to score a fourth try of the game just before half time to lead 20-12 at the break.
Goole started the second half the brightest and scored within five minutes of the restart after again exploiting a stretched Vikings defence on the blindside to score in the corner.
Further injuries took their toll on the away side with hooker Rob Dean, Captain Simon Dixon and centre Steve Rawling all forced from the field to leave the Vikings with just fourteen men left in the game.
Goole then used their superior numbers to score in the 65th minute and then again in the 70th minute to lead the game 37-12 with 10 minutes to go.
Credit goes to the remaining Vikings who fought to the death and even managed to get a final score with prop Alessandro Zavatti ploughing through the Goole defence to score in the corner. Smith missed the conversion and the game finished 37-17 to the home side.
The Vikings will be disappointed that their normally resilient defence shipped seven tries but there were positives with the set pieces proving a solid platform and in particular the lineout functioning admirably. Pick of the forwards for the Vikings were Big Les Ume who was a menace with his powerful runs and Toby Welsby who lead the defence with some courageous tackles. For the backs Alex Rowley performed well at scrum half and Alex Renwick was always the main attacking threat.
Next up for the Vikings is a demanding away trip to Beverley and with a number of the senior players returning, Captain Simon Dixon will be looking for his side to return to winning ways.
Man Of The Match: Toby Welsby lead the way in defence with some great hits