Scarborough - 1st XV
By Dave Campbell
A clinical performance at Clifton Park saw Scarborough blow away the challenge of a pedestrian York side; scoring three first half tries on the way to a bonus point win in Yorkshire One.
Tom Harrison kicked Lee Douglas’ men into an early 3-0 lead from half way when York was penalized for off-side in the 8th minute. And it was a mighty Howitzer Hoof from the Scarborough fly-half which took play from inside the visitors half to the York 5 metre line a couple of minutes later.
The Seasiders pinched the ball at the York defensive line out, moved it infield and centre Tomasz Chadwick straightened the line to sent winger Matt Young in at the corner. Harrison who is in a rich vein of form kicked the touchline conversion for a 10-0 lead.
York’s preferred method of attack appeared to be the rolling maul and they executed it well driving up field but when it broke down or the ball was moved their poor handling failed them.
From such a turnover Harrison and Chadwick combined to involve fullback Graeme Jeffrey (up in support) and wing Tom Ratcliffe who scampered up the right wing. Centre Alex Renwick picked the big winger’s inside pass of his toes to score a superb try straight out of the top drawer in the 21st minute.
Harrison’s wide conversion attempt just shaved the outside of the upright but he made amends three minutes later with a sweetly struck long range penalty and Scarborough led 18-0.
York did manage to put together some phases as the first half drew to a close and following a well worked rolling maul from a lineout, moved the ball through hands centre Gareth Singleton who scored wide on the right. Fly-half Jon Daw failed to convert.
Scarborough rounded off a sizzling first half show in the 38th minute when industrious scrum-half Jordi Wakeham released Ratcliffe on the York’s ten metre line; the big winger chipped over his opposite number Rafael Guimaraes and beat him to the touch. Harrison failed to convert but Scarborough led 23-5.
Isaac Faamau replaced James Leach who twisted his knee late in half and immediately had some defending to do as York camped on the visitors’ line attacking with a series of rolling mauls; the big Kiwi acquitted himself well and the half ended with Scarborough regaining possession.
If they were to get back into the game York needed to up their game; however they were reduced to 14 men within two minutes of the re-start as the debutant hooker Greenfield was given ten minutes for a blatant tip tackle. The reduction in numbers told at scrum time as the minster-men struggled to cope. They were penalised again and Harrison punished them by stretching the visitors lead to 5 – 26 in the 45th minute.
The visitors turned the screw but looked less sharp than they had been early in the game and Harrison and Chadwick faded for a time. Off the boil, mistakes began to creep in and they gave away a couple of turnovers in their own half and when they conceded a penalty under their own posts, it was quickly taken and York 2nd row Chris Fox drove over in the 62nd minute. Dawes converted.
Trailing 12-26 York took the game to Scarborough but were over-reliant on their rolling maul and their poor ball retention let them down. Now with Alessandro Zavatti on for Wesley Langkilde at prop and Isaac Faamau punching holes at No8 the Seasiders re-established their grip on the game. And when they won an attacking lineout near the end the ball was moved cross-field for Faamau to release Ratcliffe with a flicked pass out of the back of his hand and the Scarborough skipper powered over for his second try.
Harrison missed the touchline conversion but Scarborough took the bonus point and a rare 31-12 win at Clifton Park.
in attack although they both faded for a while in the second half. His goal kicking is a huge asset to the team
Tries: ratcliff(2) young renwick
Penalties: harrison 3
Tries: singleton fox
Scarborough: scarborough: jeffrey ratcliffe chadwick renwick young harrison wakeham ogilvie williams langkilde readman watson govier rossol leach
Substitutes: faamau zavatti lenton
Scarborough News "Man of the Match": tom harrison
Tom turned in another good performance at fly-half and controlled the game with some terrific line kicking. He combined well with inside centre Tomasz Chadwick in attack although they both faded for a while in the second half. His goal kicking is a huge asset to the team