1st XV

L 5-13





Scarborough slid to their third consecutive home defeat of the year beaten by a well-organized York side in bitterly cold conditions at Silver Royd.

Scarborough started with Phil Stewart at fly-half and Tomasz Chadwick moving into the centres; Toby Welsby who has played on the wing this season played at scrum-half in the absence of the injured Jordan Wakeham.

And Welsby made a great start by powering from the base of a scrum in the York half to release lock James Leach to power over between the uprights only to be denied by unsighted referee Andy Hodgson.

However it was only a pleasure delayed for the Seasiders when the ball was won at the resulting scrum and moved wide left for fullback Ant Coffey to score in the corner; he failed to convert but Scarborough led 5-0 in the 4th minute.

Following a good forward drive by the visitors Scarborough infringed on their own 22 but York fly-half Neil McClure missed the simple penalty chance in the 12th minute.

The York forwards took control and with excellent body positions and cohesion, got their driving game going. And following a massive 35 metre drive the ball was moved right to left for wing Hugh Nicholson to score in the corner to level the scores in the 16th minute.

Having failed to convert, the minster-men looked to continue their driving strategy with the home forwards apparently unable to cope; and from another superb forward rumble to the line, flanker Campbell Thompson went over in the 25th minute for a 10-5 York lead; McClure failed to convert.

Although York continued to press into the wind and wintry showers, Scarborough gradually got back into the game thanks to some powerful running and crunching tackles from the diminutive Welsby and hard yards made by Leach, prop Liam Murray and No8 Issac Faamau.

It looked as if the Seasiders may well get back into the game when they had a scrum beneath the York posts in the 39th minute. However the visitors took one against the head and went to the interval 10-5 ahead.

Playing with the elements after the break York would have expected to regain control, but as in the first half the team playing into the wind (Scarborough) fared well.

An interception by Tom Ratcliffe looked like providing the first points of the half but the big winger was pulled down five metres short and the chance had gone.

With Stewart injured, Chadwick moved to fly-half and Joe Lenton joined the fray.

The second half was a seesaw affair with both sets of forwards heavily involved and when the ball was eventually moved away from them cold hands, resulted in a glut of spilled ball and handling errors.

With Alessandro Zavatti in the front row, the Scarborough eight fared better in the second forty than they had done in the first and their opposite numbers found it hard to find their driving game from the first half.

As the game went into the fourth quarter it looked as if the next score would win the game and that it did as McClure slotted over a penalty in the 72nd minute when a Scarborough player was penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.

Scarborough has most of the late possession after a muscular charge by LEach took play into the York 22. the balll was moved right from a resulting penalty at the ruck but Ratcliffe failed to squeeze in at the corner.

REFEREE: Mr Andy Hodgson

MAN OF THE MATCH – Toby Welsby
Playing out of position at scrum-half, Toby Welsby a diminutive player with a big heart was in the thick of things from the start. In horrible conditions his David-v-Goliath tackling and zest from the base of the scrum made him my stand-out man-of-the-match.

CAMPBELL’S CORNER: Scarborough had no answer to York’s driving game in the first half and although they showed great spirit and at times individual skill in the second half they were beaten by a more disciplined and organized team.


Tries: coffey


Tries: nicholson

Conversions: thompson

Penalties: mcclure


Scarborough: coffey, ratcliffe, white, chadwick, jeffrey, stewart, welsby, hopper, williams, murray, leach, readman, scales, martin, faamau,
Substitutes: zavatti, rossol, lenton

York: davis, nicholson, newitt, peirce, dunlop, mcclure, ambler, coe, bowers, rutherford, benson, fox, parker, thompson, britland
Substitutes: a.bowers mortimer singleton

Scarborough News "Man of the Match": toby welsby