By Charlie Hopper
Scarborough clinched a dramatic last-minute 26-24 North One East victory against Morley on Saturday courtesy of a late try from Harry Domett.
Matty Jones’ side were looking to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season and raced into a 6-0 lead after a series of penalties from Jordan Wakeham. The scrum-half taking on the kicking duties due to Tom Ratcliffe missing out with an injury.
The visitors scored the first unconverted try of the game in the 15th minute. A defensive mistake from Scarborough presented winger Will Kinder with the opportunity to score in the corner. The Maroons then started to gain the momentum and took an 8-6 lead in the 27th minute with a penalty in front of the posts. It was then Wakeham’s turn to kick for goal a few minutes later, when his side won a penalty for an infringement at the ruck. Both sides were reduced to 14 men, shortly before halftime, but this didn’t stop the visitors who took the lead courtesy of another penalty from the boot of Richard Knowles.
It then went from bad to worse for the Silver Royd outfit after two unconverted tries in quick succession stretched the Morley lead. Firstly, in the 48th minute when the ball was passed out wide to fullback Noah Hawkins, who scored in the corner. Then in the 57th minute, Nick Green capitalised on a defence error to score in the opposite corner to give his side a comfortable 21-9 lead. The home crowd finally had something to cheer about in the 66th minute when centre Billy Parker bulldozed his way through the Morley defence to score under the posts. The game now nicely poised at 21-16. Both sides exchanged late penalties with Tom Harrison and Knowles kicking to leave the score at 24-19 with three minutes remaining. As the game went into overtime, Scarborough worked the ball outwide and the returning winger Harry Domett crashed through the defence to score under the posts. Harrison added the extras to give Scarborough a 26-24 victory.
Matty Jones’ side are on the road next weekend at Pocklington, as they look to keep this good start to the season going