Vikings hold on to edge out rivals Marist

Alex Rowley tries to start an attack
Alex Rowley tries to start an attack

Scarborough’s second string the Vikings were the only club side in action on Saturday as they travelled to Hull to take on Marist RUFC 1st XV.

The Humbersiders were quickly out of their starting blocks and laid siege to the visitors line but found Jack Anderson and scrum-half Alex Rowley in uncompromising mood, however they were rewarded for their early pressure with a penalty for a 3-0 lead.

The Vikings struck back almost immediately when hooker Ian Williams went over from close range and scrum-half Alex Rowley converted for a 7-3 lead in the 11th minute.

And the score-line was double five minutes later when back-row Drew Govier powered over and Rowley kicked his second conversion for 14-3.

The second quarter was a pretty even affair with the abrasive home side in very physical mood but the men from Silver Royd never took a backwards step with fly-half Joe Lenton and centre Billy Park immense in attack and defence and Paul Taylor leading the pack by example.

They increased their lead on the half-hour when centre Ryan Fowler crashed over for 19-3. Rowley failed to convert.

Marist began a revival late in the half with a converted try to trail 19-10 at the interval and continued in the second half eventually overhauling the visitors to lead 25-19 going into the last 10 minutes of the game.

Judging by their body language, Marist looked as if they had already won the game but the visitors had other ideas and when some slick midfield handling released the bustling Fowler, who scythed through a tiring defensive line to score between the uprights with a couple of minutes to go to close the gap between the sides to a single point at 25-24.

Rowley made no mistake with his third conversion of the afternoon and the Vikings ran out narrow, deserved 26-25 winners.

The Silver Royd second string have been in great form lately and showed real commitment and focus to win this hard-fought tight game on the road.