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Scarborough - Vikings

By Rob Dean

Scarborough Vikings made the trip to Scunthorpe with a depleted front row and pulled off a memorable victory that was well deserved.

With flanker Richard Scales moving to the front row and veteran hooker Rob Dean moving to tight head prop, the Vikings pack still managed to stage a solid scrum despite being up against a large experienced Scunthorpe pack. The Vikings took the game to Scunthorpe from the off with the pack making the hard yards with the evergreen Russ Wilkie and Aaron Wilson running hard at the Scunthorpe defence.

Despite the good start Scunthorpe then came back and scored the opening the opening try and kicked the conversion. The Vikings then responded with a penalty of their own to make the scores 7-3 after just 10 minutes.The match then turned into an end to end try-fest with Scunthorpe scoring again before great hands from the Scarborough backs put Aaron Wilson through to power over in the corner. Stewart then missed the conversion.

With half time approaching Scunthorpe made a series of powerful runs from their big pack which resulted in a try which was then converted. The Scunthorpe IX then mounted more pressure on the visitors but the Vikings defence held firm. Then from a midfield scrum deep in Scunthorpe territory the Scarborough backs put the ball through 5 pairs of hands to find Jack Anderson who beat his opposite number to score in the corner. Stewart then scored the conversion with an aggressive kick from the touch line.

The second half continued the end to end action with Oliver Bland scoring from the whistle after great work from the Scarborough backs before Scunthorpe responded with a try of their own. Anderson then jinked through Scunthorpe’s midfield to score his second of the game before Scunthorpe’s pack drove over from a lineout close the Scarborough line. With the game coming to a close the Vikings defence held the Scunthorpe big runners at bay with big hits from Scales, Day and the young Chris North who was making his debut. The backs then again put the ball through the hands of Lenton and Metcalfe before releasing Anderson to complete his hat trick. The Vikings then managed to see out the game with a great defensive effort with some huge hits coming from all areas of the pitch.

Captain Simon Dixon should be rightly proud of his young side with players such as Alex Rowley, Lewis Bland, Oliver Brown, Curtis Ireland and Chris North all putting in performances that belied their young age.

Next up for the Vikings is Bridlington 2nd IX at Silver Royd where Dixon will be expecting another big performance from his young squad.

Man Of The Match: Jack ‘The Flame Haired Viking’ Anderson with a terrific hat trick.