W 38 - 29
By DAVE CAMPBELL
By Dave Campbell REFEREE: Mr Kevin Weston
Scarborough’s youthful side ran in five tries to move up to fifth in Yorkshire One with the 38-29 defeat of Hullensians in a cracker of a game at Silver Royd.
Playing with a stiff breeze behind them, the Seasiders took the lead from Tom Harrison’s kick-off which was spilled by a Hull defender. From the resulting scrum just outside the 22, the ball was moved through four pairs of hands for wing Graeme Jeffrey to power over wide on the right. Harrison’s wide, crosswind kick sailed over for 7-0 with only a minute on the clock.
The Humbersiders looked dangerous on several incursions into Scarborough territory and reduced the arrears in the fifth minute when a home defender strayed offside in front of his own posts and Tim Biglin kicked the penalty in the 5th minute.
The excitement continued with both sides in positive mood and a terrific break from Scarborough scrum-half Jordi Wakeham released Tom Ratcliffe wide on the right; the Scarborough skipper’s inch-perfect cross-field kick was hungrily pounced on by Harrison who beat two defenders and scored near the posts then added the conversion for a 14-3 lead in the 12th minute.
Toby Welsby came on for the injured Ant Coffey in the 15th minute to swell the ranks of Scarborough’s teenage contingent who were having a big impact on the game all over the paddock with each and every one in hard-tackling aggressive form. Ben Martin, not the tallest person on the pitch was also having a great game bossing the lineout.
Harrison nudged his side 17-3 ahead with a penalty in the 28th minute for a deliberate knock-on but Hullensians struck back almost immediately when scrum-half Chris Smith galloped over following a searing break and inside pass by winger Josh Langeford. Biglin missed the kick
Leading 17-8 Scarborough took the game to the visitors with a long downfield kick into the Hull 22. Confusion reigned between the visiting back three and following a charged-down clearance, Jeffrey dived in for his second touchdown of the afternoon. Harrison who has been on-form in the place-kicking department recently, kicked the touchline conversion for a 24-8 half-time lead.
The seesaw nature of the game continued after the beak and Hullensians looked far from out of it. However they almost conceded five minutes into the half as they lost possession in the Scarborough 22 and Ratcliffe hacked on and gave chase only to be thwarted at the other end of the field by an unkind bounce.
The men from Humberside kept their composure and Biglin having kicked a penalty 60 metres downfield saw flanker Alex Cullen drive over from the resulting line-out. Biglin added the extras to cut the deficit to nine points at 24-15 in the 51st minute.
Great work by Martin at an attacking lineout saw a Scarborough drive for the line stopped with the Seasiders awarded the scrum. With the ball at No8 Leach’s feet, Wakeham appeared to by lining up his attacking players but picked up from the base and in a flash had sprinted over and cut in to ground under the posts leaving a bewildered visiting defence to work out what had happened! Harrison converted for 31-15 in the 57th minute.
With their tails up Scarborough continued to press and Wakeham almost nipped in for his second try before prop Wesley Langkilde, having chased a kick into the visitors 22 took advantage of pressure from his teammates and confusion in the home defence to secure the ball and barge over on the hour. Harrison added the conversion for 38-15.
With a quarter of the match still to play there was still time for plenty of surprises and Hullensians scored a couple of close range tries to earn a losing bonus point when No8 Ken Bates went over in the 75th minute for a try converted by Biglin for 38-22 and prop Davis Marren was driven over from a line-out in the fourth minute of injury time. Biglin converted with the final kick of the game.
I thoroughly enjoyed this nine-try thriller; and whilst the performance of Harrison who converted every try, Ratcliffe, Jeffrey (2 tries) and Langkilde took the eye, there was absolutely no doubt that the efforts of Scarborough’s teenage terrors, Hayden Ogivie, Drew Govier, Ben Martin, James Leach, Toby Welsby and the effervescent Jordi Wakeham was the highlight of the afternoon for the Silver Royd faithful.
See Campbell’s corner above!
THE KEY FACTS
SCARBOROUGH: TRIES Jeffrey (2), Harrison, Wakeham and Langkilde CONVERSIONS Harrison (5) PENALTIES Harrison
HULLENSIANS:TRIES Smith, Cullen, Bates and Marren. CONVERSIONS Biglin (3) PENALTIES Biglin