Scarborough RUFC produced one of their gutsiest displays of the season to claim an 18-5 victory at Old Brodleians.
A much re-shuffled side, ravaged by injury and unavailability, outplayed their hosts in a game played in a blizzard in Halifax.
Playing up the Hipperholme slope into driving sleet and rain, the Seasiders made an early impact when flanker Drew Govier drove over after only eight minutes following good work by Billy Parker and Ben Martin. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
Visiting scrum-half Martin Robinson had a touchdown ruled out for obstruction by a couple of other Scarborough players and the men from Silver Royd were under the cosh once more.
Old Brods pulled a score back when left winger Manu went over just before half-time meaning that the away side led by just two points at the interval.
The weather worsened after the break and whiteout conditions made it almost impossible for players and spectators alike.
With the wind and snow behind them playing down the slope, a couple of penalties from Ratcliffe saw the lead stretched to 13-5 on the hour.
And following good lineout work and a break by number eight Isaac Faamau, Scarborough clinched the game with a late try from hooker Mark Hooper for a memorable 18-5 win.
FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL AND PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.