By Rob Dean
Vikings Cruise to Derby Victory
Scarborough’s 2nd string entertained Bridlington Mariners at home and delivered a convincing 33-0 win in a blood and thunder derby game at the Silver Royd.
The game started with a bang with the Bridlington pack running hard at the Scarborough defence only to be smashed back with huge hits coming from the home side. The Scarborough back row were putting in some colossal tackles with Aaron Wilson putting the Bridlington number eight down hard only then to be penalised for a ‘tip tackle’ by the match referee.
This was to be the first of many penalties that the home side gave away which interrupted the Vikings expansive game plan and resulted in a loss of territory to the Bridlington side.
The Vikings eventually went ahead in the 20th minute when they were awarded a penalty deep in the Bridlington half, Jordi Wakeham then kicked for touch which landed on the Bridlington 22 meter line.
The resulting lineout was thrown to the back of the line and the mighty Scarborough pack formed an angled driving maul and drove the Bridlington pack back the full 22 meters before prop Jordan Day crashed over to score the try. Wakeham converted.
The first half continued with Scarborough threatening to extend their lead but the home side’s discipline let them down badly with penalty after penalty going against them. Eventually the referee had had enough and prop Alessandro Zavatti was sinned binned for persistent team foul play.
Half time came with the Vikings failing to capitalise on their dominance of the match and strong words were needed from Captain Simon Dixon with orders to cut down on giving needless penalties away.
Spurred on by Dixons words the second half kicked off and the Vikings took the game to Bridlington from the off with some fine play from the backs and forwards. Bridlington gave a penalty way on the half way line and Jordi Wakeham took a quick tap before turning on the gas, finding a gap and putting substitute Toby Welsby through to score a terrific try on his home debut.
The home side then threatened to run riot with the visitors unable to cope with the Vikings dominant pack and the raw pace of the backs. As a result a sweeping team move saw the ball put through five pairs of hands before Jordi Wakeham powered over to score the Vikings third try off the game. Wakeham then missed the conversion.
The Scarborough pack were dominating the set pieces and after another solid line-out ten meters from the visitor’s line, the home side’s pack formed another driving maul and again drove the Bridlington pack backwards at a rate of knots. Jordan Day then powered over from the back of maul for this second of the match. Wakeham converted.
With Scarborough dominating the game and the visitors not looking like getting any points on the board, Bridlington reverted to type and tried to slow the game down with a number of cheap shots on the home sides pack. The Bridlington number four was then given a straight red card for serious foul play after kicking his opposite number in the head.
With Bridlington down to fourteen men Scarborough capitalised with Richard Scales going over to record his side’s fifth and final try of the match. Dixon converted.
This was a third straight victory for Simon Dixons men which could have been even more emphatic if his side had kept their discipline throughout the match. Pick of forwards was Richard Scales and young Toby Welsby who was superb after coming on as a substitute. For the backs fly half Joe Lenton ran the game effectively and Jordi Wakeham was at the hub of all the action for the home side.
Man Of The Match: Richard Scales with some terrific hits and a dogged display.