Scarborough - 1st XV
By DAVE CAMPBELL
Scarborough lost the services of experienced first teamers Eamon Chapman, Harry Domett and Graeme Jeffrey to injury, however they bossed the first half at Heath last Saturday to lead 15-0 at the break. An improved performance from the home side saw a thrilling second half with the spoils eventually shared at 20-20.
The Seasiders looked by far the sharper side in the early exchanges dominating the forward battle and running a harassed Heath back division ragged. Fly-half Tom Harrison kicked his side 3-0 ahead with an early penalty in the 7th minute. A bullocking run down the left flank by prop Wesley Langkilde was illegally halted and whilst the Heath defenders protested about the ensuing penalty, Jordan Wakeham playing on the wing, took a quick tap and strolled over for the opening try in the 16th minute. Harrison converted for 10-0.
The visitors played some delightful running rugby with fullback Anthony Coffey in sparkling form. Harrison, centre Tomasz Chadwick and Coffey combined on the half-hour to release Joe Marshall but the young winger lost his footing on the slippery surface and the chance had gone; however following further good work by Harrison minutes later, Wakeham crossed for his second try of the game on the half-hour for 15-0. Harrison failed to convert.
Scarborough started the second half without the services of second row Mikey Readman yellow carded on the stroke of half time and were immediately under pressure. With their tails up Heath looked odds-on to score minutes into the half for a try-saving tackle by Coffey to save the day for the visitors.
Following the sin-binning of Scarborough No8 James Leech for persistent technical infringement, the west-Yorkshiremen continued to press and from an attacking lineout flanker Ian Downsborough was driven over in the 55th minute to open the home side’s account; fullback Jack Crabtree added the extras.
Although trailing 7-15, Heath’s heads were up and they continued to press through a revitalised back division. And when fly-half Mark Sales chipped over a flattish Scarborough defensive line, winger Matt Baxendale surged through to score in the 62nd minute; Crabtree converted then added a penalty from in front of the posts a couple of minutes later to see his side take the lead for the first time in the game at 17-15.
The action continued apace as Scarborough fullback Anthony Coffey fielded a long clearance mid way in his own half. The young Kiwi glided round a couple of would-be tacklers, chipped over another two before hacking on and running half the length of the field to get the touch for an amazing solo try to recapture the lead at 20-17 in the 71st minute.
Heath looked the stronger of the sides as the game went in to time added on and it was no surprise when Scarborough infringed at a ruck on their own 22 and fullback Jack Crabstree slotted the penalty to deservedly share the spoils at 20 apiece.
Biggest talking point of the day was that with late withdrawals Scarborough fielded a side including three 18-year-olds and a back-row trio of 17-year-olds and not a single one looked out of their depth. 17-year-old Ben Martin deputising for influential Aussie Eamon Chapman had a solid game on his debut and 18-year-old Jordan Wakeham scored a couple of tries playing out of position on the wing. Anthony Coffey had an outstanding game at fullback.