Last minute anguish for Scarborough

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Scarborough’s fine start to this season in Yorkshire came to an abrupt end at Brownberry Lane on Saturday when they gave away a penalty close to their post in the ninth minute of injury time.

In truth Scarborough were fortunate to have been ahead at the time as their pack had been outplayed for much of the game.

Prior to the game they had lost the services of two of their better forwards this season in Paul Taylor and Nick Ingham to injury and illness and their presence was sorely missed.

The game started well for Scarborough when they were awarded a penalty for obstruction on Harry Domett and fly-half Tom Chadwick put them three points ahead in the second minute.

Yarnbury almost immediately struck back when their centre John Avieson broke through a weak tackle in midfield and raced away to score a soft try near to the posts, fly half Chris Patterson converted it to take them into the lead by seven points to three.

For the next 10 minutes Scarborough struggled to contain the home eight who were continually attacking inside the Scarborough half and it looked as though they were likely to score at any time.

Against the run of play it was Scarborough who scored next with a superb try from near the half-way line when young scrum-half Jordan Wakeham made a break down the blind side before passing to Joe Marshall to finish off the move near to the posts. Tom Chadwick converted to take them into a 10-7 lead.

The game opened up after this try with both teams trying to move the ball wide and it took a fine cover tackle from Domett to prevent Avieson from scoring again. On the 20 minute mark Scarborough were penalised for an offence in front of their posts for Patterson to put Yarnbury level at 10 points all. The game continued back and forth and just before half-time a great run out of defence by Corey Dennis deep into the Yarnbury half led to a penalty, which Chadwick kicked to take Scarborough into a half time lead of 13 points to 10.

The second half had only just started when Yarnbury retook the lead following a scrum near to the Scarborough line. Fly-half Patterson crashed over and converted his own try to take them into a 17-13 lead.

Four minutes later Scarborough replied with a penalty by Chadwick taking them to within a point of Yarnbury.

Yarnbury from this point took control through the forwards and were continually pressing inside Scarborough’s half, only good defence keeping them out.

In the 63rd minute Yarnbury breeched Scarborough’s defences when prop forward Andy Pike drove over the line from a five yard catch and drive to make the score 22 points to 16 to Yarnbury.

In the 73rd minute Chadwick scored another penalty for Scarborough to make a score 22-19.

Totally against the run of play in the 78th minute captain Tom Radcliffe intercepted and ran 60 yards to score to the right of the posts. Chadwick missed the conversion and the scored remained at 24-22.

In the ninth minute of injury time a penalty was awarded to Yarnbury for off-side and Patterson kicked Yarnbury to victory.