Scarborough - 1st XV
By Charlie Hopper
Scarborough RUFC slipped to a disappointing 54-10 defeat on the road at Old Brodleians on Saturday afternoon.
Matty Jones was dealt a huge blow in the week with skipper Drew Govier and Tom Harrison missing from the line-up, with Sam Dawson taking over the captaincy. Scarborough, who were playing down the hill in the first-half, suffered an early blow in the eighth minute. Cam Wroot broke through the defence to score under the posts for the games first converted try. It didn’t take Brods long before they were scoring again, with another converted try in the 22nd minute. A driving maul picked up momentum and prop Benny Pritchett bundled over to give his side a commanding 14-0 lead. It went from bad to worse for Jones’ side, who fell 21-0 behind in the 33rd minute. Fly-half Chris Georgiou latched onto his grubber kick to score under the posts. On the stroke of half-time, Scarborough managed to get themselves onto the scoreboard. A very high tackle from Bob Sykes presented Tom Ratcliffe with the chance to kick the penalty, Sykes received a yellow card for the tackle.
The visitors started the second-half in the best possible fashion, just four minutes after the break. After sustained pressure, the ball found it’s way to Aaron Thomson, who crashed over for his sides first converted try. Reducing the gap to 21-10. Elliot Craven was the next Brods player to get his name on the scoresheet. In the 49th minute, the home side weaved their way through the defence to score another converted try. The lead was stretched to 35-10, just five minutes later when Rob Jennings scored under the posts. Georgiou added the extras to continue his 100% kicking record. The fly-half bagged his second try of the game in the 59th minute when he received the ball from Craven and used his pace to score under the posts. Heading into the last ten minutes, Old Brodleians continued to apply the pressure and Jasper Ayrton scored another try for his side. The driving maul picked up momentum and Ayrton managed to force is way over. Phil Town, who took control of the kicking duties, missed the conversion to leave the score at 47-10. The final try of the game was scored by the home side. Pete Ashton scoring in the corner, with the conversion superbly kicked by Town from out wide.
Scarborough welcome derby rivals Malton & Norton on Saturday, as they look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.