1st XV

W 54-10




By Charlie Hopper

Scarborough RUFC made it seven league wins in a row after braces from Tom Ratcliffe and Sam Dawson helped them beat Glossop 54-10 at Silver Royd.

Matty Jones’ side, who were knocked out of the Yorkshire Cup by Driffield last weekend, got off to the worst possible start when Lewis Winterbottom crashed over from close range for 5-0. In the 13th minute, Scarborough hit back with a converted try from Ratcliffe. He spotted a gap in the defence and cut through to score close to the posts. It was 14-5 just ten minutes later when Ratcliffe broke through the line before offloading for Dawson to score directly under the posts. Scarborough continued to push hard for their third of the match, but the Glossop defence held firm as the first half came to an end.

Jones’ side made a fast start to the second half and extended their lead even further in the 45th minute. Dawson doubled his scoring tally as he picked the ball up from the back of the ruck and crashed over for 21-5. The bonus point was secured just three minutes later, when Dawson and Ratcliffe linked up well before the latter finished off the move to make it 28-5. James Long then finished off a move in the corner before Tom Harrison came off the bench to score his sides sixth try and extend their advantage to 40-5. The visitors picked up their second try of the game in the 75th minute, when Kelvin Ojeaburu scored acrobatically in the corner for 40-10. As the game headed towards the final stages both Joe Davies and skipper Drew Govier picked up converted tries of their own to round off a dominant performance at Silver Royd.

Scarborough are on the road next weekend as they travel to rivals Bridlington, knowing that a win at Dukes Park could leave them on the verge of Regional Two North East safety.