By Dave Campbell
Scarborough ran in six tries for the fourth consecutive Saturday, repeating last week’s Yorkshire Shield success against Old Brods; this time in the league where their 37-5 win moved them up to second place in Yorkshire One.
Old Brodlieans playing with a gale force wind behind them thanks to STORM BRIAN drove upfield and retained possession through the phases. They were awarded a penalty inside the Scarborough 22 which they kicked to touch. The Seasiders infringed at the resulting lineout and the visitors kicked for touch again. This time the outcome was more successful and hooker Cameron Hucker was driven over in the 8th minute. Flyhalf Dan Cole failed to harness the elements and missed the conversion.
Having in mind the dismissal of a couple of Scarborough players at Middlesbrough for retaliation, Brods looked to put themselves about a bit and unsettle the home side with some cheap shots. However skipper Matty Jones’s men kept their cool and set about working themselves back into the game.
The Scarborough scrum began to dominate with props Mikey Whitton and Paul Taylor in punishing form; the west Yorkshiremen defended well but following severe pressure on their line, centre Bill Parker burst over to level the scores at 5-5 in the 23rd minute.
A try absolutely out of the top drawer starting from a scrum in their own 22 involving fullback Jim Perrett and taken on by Harry Domett, saw No8 Ben Martin up in support, crash over in the 31st minute for a 10-5 Scarborough lead. And Paul Taylor finished off a superb half personally and for his side with a try on the stroke of halftime. Harrison converted for a 17-5 Scarborough lead at the break.
With the wind behind them, the Seasiders continued to dominate in the second half and winger Jonty Holloway strolled over in the 42nd minute released on the blind-side by scrum-half Jodi Wakeham after the Scarborough pack had pushed the Brods eight off their own ball at a defensive scrum in their own 22. Harrison missed the conversion but added a penalty ten minutes later for 25-5.
Scarborough had the visitors on the rack and some powerful running and carrying by the young home forwards particularly Aaron Wilson, the Govier brothers, Mikey Whitton and No8 Ben Martin was constantly breaking the advantage line. However, sated by this glut of possession the Seasiders perhaps over elaborated at times.
From a ruck halfway in the Brods half Tom Harrison lofted a kick forward on the wind; fullback Jim Perrett charged through from deep beating opponents and teammates alike only to make a hash of grounding the difficult bouncing ball. The move showed the confidence in the Scarborough ranks; however 1% of the execution let them down.
Most of the fourth quarter action took place in the Old Brods’ third of the field with Brods defending desperately. However they were undone in the 60th minute when Perrett pounced on some loose Brods’ play to gallop up the left touchline and ground in the corner to stretch the lead to 30-5.
In an eventful final ten minutes when Paul Taylor was given a standing ovation as he left the field, a Brods’ player was yellow carded when he stamped on Tom Harrison’s hand after the referee had awarded the visitors a penalty for an infringement by the Scarborough fly-half.
And the rout was completed in the 79th minute when Perrett powered over for his second touchdown, converted by Harrison for a convincing and very impressive win.
This was another hugely impressive win with the forward pack completely dominant from 1 to 8. The Seasiders back division continues to delight an enthusiastic Silver Royd crowd scoring tries for fun. Perrett, Harrison, Jordi Wakeham and Billy Parker were the pick of the backs with Taylor, Whitton, Wilson and Martin pick of an outstanding pack.
Delight at the win in this game which was well controlled by referee Laurence Pearson was very much tempered by the news that afterwards fly-half Tom Harrison had an X-ray at Scarborough hospital and was found to have broken his hand in two places.
Tries: parker, martin, taylor, holloway, perrett 2
Conversions: harrison 2
Scarborough: perrett domett ratcliffe parker holloway harrison wakeham whitton jones taylor oxtoby wilson u.govier d.govier martin Substitutes: dean lenton scales
Old Brodleians: vine kill town carbutt carter cole armitage ashton hucker pritchett williams sykes vento harris akroyd Substitutes: raven wroot stokes
Scarborough News "Man of the Match": paul taylor
Scarborough’s pack dominated in this game with all eight outstanding. Paul Taylor used his experience and technique as a tight-head prop to lead a cohesive front row with Mikey Whitton and Matty Jones and turn the screw throughout with a match winning performance which included scoring a try. He’s indeed a reassuring presence since his return to first team action.