L 8 - 20
Scarborough - 1st XV
By Charlie Hopper
Scarborough RUFC slipped to their second defeat of the season, when they travelled to derby rivals Pocklington on Saturday.
Matty Jones’ side were dealt a huge blow five minutes into the game when Jordan Wakeham suffered a head injury, following a clash with one of the opposition players. Tom Harrison moved to scrum-half, with winger Connor Ward taking the position of fly-half. The visitors got off to the perfect with a penalty kick in the 20th minute, following increased pressure in the opposition half.
The conditions continued to worsen as the first-half progressed and Pocklington scored the game’s first converted try in the 31st minute. Their scrum picked up momentum and prop Euan Walker crossed over the line to give his side a 7-3 lead. In search of a way back into the game, the Siler Royd outfit went close on numerous occasions but couldn’t find their way through.
The low scoring, tense affair continued into the second-half but a penalty from Matt Proctor, in the 66th minute, stretched the home sides lead to 10-3 with 14 minutes left in the game. It was always going to take something special from Scarborough to wrestle their way back into the game and that’s just what happened with ten minutes to go. Clever work from Harrison saw him chip the ball over the defence for winger Tom Makin to latch onto and score in the corner. The difficult conversion fell just short with Drew Govier’s side trailing 10-8.
With the game nicely poised, the Feathers Fields crowd were celebrating again, when another Proctor penalty stretched the home sides lead to 13-8. They weren’t finished there however, and made sure that they would take the win with a converted try in the 80th minute. Referee Dean Walker penalised Scarborough for holding on at the ruck and captain Christian Pollock broke clear of the defence and scored in the corner to round of a 20-8 victory.
Matty Jones’ side have a week off on Saturday, before they return to action at the Old Brodleians on Saturday 16th October.