By Charlie Hopper
Scarborough crashed out of the Yorkshire Shield on Saturday after suffering a 31-10 defeat against Malton & Norton at Silver Royd.
The table topping North One East outfit were forced to make a few changes ahead of the game due to niggles and resting players and they had the better of the early exchanges after managing to win an early penalty inside the oppositions half. Despite it being very early in the game, they chose to go for the corner but couldn’t make the most of the position and the visitors won the ball back. In the 7th minute the Gannock based outfit took the lead, Second-row William Dunn received the ball out-wide and he managed to squeeze in for an unconverted try for 5-0. The lead was then stretched even more as William Bell intercepted the ball on half-way and raced clear to score, scrum-half Paul Angus adding the extras for 12-0. Mid-way through the first period Malton almost secured their third try of the game but a knock-on 5 metres out halted their charge. It was then Simon Smith’s sides turn to attack, a dangerous tip tackle on Angus Frend presented them with a chance to apply the pressure. The ball was moved out wide before Stuart Smyth broke through the line just to fall agonisingly short of the line. In the 25th minute, the in-form Jonty Holloway crashed over after the ball was passed wide causing an overlap. The difficult conversion was missed by Tom Ratcliffe to leave the score at 12-5. The tide then turned again seven minutes later, as Frend knocked the ball on inside the opposition 22 and outside centre Tom Foan ran the length of the pitch to score a converted try underneath the posts for 19-5. In the 35th minute it was a sense of deja-vu as they broke clear again but a superb covering tackle by Holloway prevented them from scoring.
The second-half started in perfect fashion for the Silver Royd outfit who managed to win an early penalty and kick for the corner. A knock-on in a dangerous position meant that they lost all momentum. After winning the ball back following the mistake, Malton flanker Matthew Bowman received a yellow card after finding himself offside when defending. In the 63rd minute the gap between the two teams was shortened, winger Jack Anderson managed to sprint in at the corner for an unconverted try, leaving it at 19-10. With the game nicely poised with around 10 minutes to go, the home side managed to win an attacking scrum 5 metres out from the Malton line thanks to superb work at the break down. They couldn’t make the most of the position and lost the ball soon after. Tom Read was the next player to receive a yellow for a high tackle which proved costly for the home side. The game was wrapped up on the 78th minute as fly-half James Bulmer broke clear to score a converted try to extend his sides lead to 26-10. The visitors were then able to rub salt into the wounds as Sam Triffitt bundled over after a driving mall picked up pace, with the conversion missed the full-time whistle was blown, Scarborough loosing 31-10.
Scarborough: 1. joe nellist 2. stuart smyth 3. benny blackall 4. will rennard 5. mikey readman 6. luke brown 7. jordan holloway 8. drew govier 9. jordi wakeham 10. phil stewart 11. tom anderson 12. angus frend 13. tom ratcliffe 14. joe marshall 15. jonty holloway Substitutes: 16. sam pollock 17. ian williams 18. tom read 19. jack anderson 20. matty ward
Scarborough News "Man of the Match": luke brown
Luke performed well contributing with huge hits in defence and making metres in attack. Other noticeable performers were from Stuart Smyth, Angus Frend and Jonty Holloway.