By DAVE CAMPBELL
Injury-hit Scarborough were further depleted when they lost the services of fly-half Tom Harrison early in their Yorkshire One game with Heath but regrouped to turn in a committed performance and bag a bonus point victory at a windy Silver Royd.
Playing into a strong south-westerly gale the Seasiders coped well in the loose but their inexperienced front row with 18-year-old Jacob Young at hooker struggled at the set-scrum.
Tom Harrison sustained what appeared to be a knee injury just outside his own 22 and left the field in the 15th minute following a period of treatment on it; Tomasz Chadwick who had been treated for a head injury during the same passage of play moved to fly-half with Billy Parker replacing him in the centre.
From a ruck on the visitors’ ten metre line, scrum-half Martin Robinson sprinted from the base to take play deep into Heath territory for the first time in the game. And from a subsequent attacking lineout prop Wesley Langkilde was driven over in the 23rd minute for a 5-0 Scarborough lead. Fullback Tom Ratcliffe who had taken over kicking duties from the departed Harrison was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt into the wind.
The Scarborough front row was still struggling at the scrums and when they were pinged for an infringement on their own 22, Heath fullback Ezra Hinchliffe cut the deficit at 5-3 with his long-distance kick on the half-hour
Great work by the forwards and backs took the Seasiders deep into Heath territory and an injection of pace by No8 Isaac Faamau took out several defenders before the ball was moved wide left for Langkilde to snatch a lofted pass from the air and sidestep Hinchliffe to touchdown for 10-3 in the 38th minute. Ratcliffe’s conversion was unsuccessful.
The half ended with veteran referee Mike Ramsden having treatment on the pitch when he was flattened by a couple of players following a lineout. Following an extended half-time break when he received further treatment the popular whistler resumed his duties.
Following good work by the Scarborough forwards and scrum half Robinson, Heath infringed in their own 22 and had a player yellow carded. Ratcliffe kicked Scarborough 13-3 ahead with the resulting penalty in the 45th minute.
With former skipper Nick Ingham and young flanker Drew Govier urging and driving the pack on Coach Lee Douglas’ charges won an attacking lineout in the 51st minute and quick thinking by Govier saw him secure possession and dive over in a flash for 18-3. Ratcliffe added the extras for 20-3.
The Halifax-based side made a complete hash of the restart following the Scarborough try and following good work in the mid-field Chadwick stepped on the gas and burned up the left touchline for a thrilling try and stretch the lead to 25-3.
With prop Alessandro Zavetti yellow-carded for some sort of front-row Shenanigans, Heath scrum half Dominic Walsh went over near the posts for a try converted by Hinchliffe in the 65th minute to cut the Scarborough lead to 25-10.
The game got a bit niggly from then on in with Heath’s Shaw appearing to be the main instigator. Billy Parker concluded proceedings when he took advantage of confusion in the visiting defence to intercept and power over near the posts in the 72nd minute. Ratcliffe converted for a deserved 32-10 win.
With the odds stacked against them before the game and shortly after the start when Harrison left the paddock, Scarborough and their ‘Brat pack’ driven on and cajoled by Nick Ingham, won the battle of wills on another horrible day for rugby.
he-match but Drew Govier’s standout performance saw him totally involved in every aspect of the game going forward and in defence, inspiring his teammates with his all-action bustling performance
Tries: langkilde (2) govier chadwick parker
Conversions: ratcliffe (2)
Scarborough: ratcliffe (capt) welsby chadwick white young harrison robinson zavatti j.young langkilde readman ingham ireland govier faamau Substitutes: hopper parker wakeham (all used)
Heath: hinchliffe brown hinsley pollard baxendale sales walsh piper puttick mcfadden beasty marsden hanks white neilly Substitutes: johnson garland crabtree
Scarborough News "Man of the Match": drew govier
There were several candidates for man-of-the-match but Drew Govier’s standout performance saw him totally involved in every aspect of the game going forward and in defence, inspiring his teammates with his all-action bustling performance