1st XV

L 19-57




By Rob Hazledine

After last week’s disappointing loss to local rivals Malton, Scarborough welcomed high flying Moortown and their boisterous supporters to Silver Royd hoping to put in a strong performance and return to winning ways.

Unfortunately, straight from the first whistle it was evident that Scarborough were going to be in for a difficult afternoon when Moortown attacked and scored the games first try before Scarborough had even touched the ball. The first half continued in the same vein, with Moortown dominating the set piece and scoring 3 further converted tries to lead 28-0 at half time.

Chasing the game in the second half it was perhaps inevitable that Scarborough would give up further scores, with Moortown mercilessly pouncing on any errors from the home side to run in further tries. The bold pursuit of a bonus point for scoring 4 tries appeared to be bearing fruit for Scarborough however, with tries for Tom Ratcliffe, Dan Boyes and Tom Harrison brigning them to within touching distance of taking something from the game. Sadly in the last 10 minutes the bounce of the ball evaded them and their brave rearguard action ended with nothing to show from their efforts.

The final score of 57-19 fairly reflected the difference in the quality of the sides on the day.

Scarborough captain Drew Govier was the pick of the home teams players while fly half Tom Ratcliffe also showed glimpses of magic in making a couple of trademark breaks in a losing cause.

Next week sees Scarborough aiming to bounce back with a difficult away trip to Morley.