By Dave Campbell
Having played and beaten Yorkshire One sides Malton(43-7) and West Park Leeds(46-14) in previous pre-season games, North One East outfit Pocklington came into the game as firm favourites. However Scarborough played an entertaining brand of running, handling rugby from the start and for most of the game looked the sharper of the two teams, running in five tries and clinching the game at the death.
The Seasiders took a 7-0 lead in the 6th minute when a move started in their own half by prop Wesley Langkilde was moved through four pairs of hands for Kiwi debutante Ant Coffey playing at fullback, to power over wide on the left. Fly-half Tom Harrison added the extras for a 7-0 lead. The Scarborough advantage was however short lived and a slick move near the home line saw Pocklington level the scores with a converted try.
Scarborough bossed the forward exchanges in tight and loose and they surged ahead with a try from centre Tom Ratcliffe following slick work from Tom Harrison and Tomasz Chadwick in the Scarborough midfield. Harrison missed the conversion but the Seasiders led 12-7 in the 12th minute. Scarborough were buzzing in midfield and Chadwick stretched the lead to 19-7 with a try converted by Harrison in the 25th minute and substitute Paul White rounded off a terrific first half display crossing in the 40th minute following further good work by Harrison and Chadwick for a 26-7 lead on the stroke of half-time.
Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men struggled when they made a string of substitutions in the third quarter and ‘Pock’ took advantage to run in converted tries in the 47th and 59th minutes. A hard fought fourth quarter thrilled a sparse Silver Royd turnout and the visitors levelled the scores at 26-26 in the 79th minute.
Perhaps 26-26 would have satisfied all concerned as this was a late-arranged friendly. However, when Pocklington infringed in midfield, Harrison’s kick found touch in the visitors’ 22. The Scarborough forwards won their attacking lineout and moved the ball infield where back row Eamon Chapman brushed aside the attentions of a packed defence and powered over to clinch the game with a powerfully taken try for a well deserved win.
Scarborough looked sharp in their first game of the season particularly in midfield where Jordy Wakeham, Tom Harrison and Tomasz Chadwick combined well and Ant Coffey took the eye scoring on his debut. There was much experimental shuffling in the pack where the new ‘slim line’ Wesley Langkilde played prop and No8 and former skipper Phil Watson made an impressive return to the second row. Eamon Chapman excelled in the back row. The proof of the pudding comes next week when Selby are the Seasiders’ first lead opponents at Silver Royd.
THE KEY FACTS:
Being a late arranged pre-season game, no programme or team-sheets were provided and therefore the Pocklington team and scorers were not available.