High-flying Malton & Norton bounced back from an 8-3 half-time deficit to run in four second half tries for a bonus point 25-8 win at a gale-swept Silver Royd this afternoon.
Injuries to Paul Taylor, Mark Hopper and Hayden Ogilvie, who was on the bench, saw Scarborough field a relatively inexperienced front row as they kicked-off with the wind behind them.
The Seasider’s pack struggled from the very first scrum but from a charged down Malton clearance kick, centre Tomasz Chadwick gathered and surged through wide on the left to touch down and open the scoring in the sixth minute.
Fly-half Tom Harrison hit the upright with his touchline conversion attempt but Scarborough led 5-0.
Malton reduced the arrears with a penalty for 5-3 in the 15th minute but couldn’t cash-in on their clear superiority at scrum time and a Harrison penalty saw Scarborough lead 8-3 at the break.
Playing into the fierce gale after the break Scarborough defended well in the early second half exchanges, but conceded a try by Malton number eight Heggie in the 52nd minute which levelled the scores at 8-8.
A try from substitute John Lumley in the 70th minute gave Malton the lead for the first time in the game before late tries from Heggie and former skipper Andy Mitchell sealed a deserved but somewhat flattering 27-8 win for the visitors.
Scarborough will hope their horrendous injury list shortens quickly and they can find some props from somewhere for next week’s visit to Bradford Salem as the game ended with uncontested scrums and props Ogilvie, who came on for part of the game and Wesley Langkilde, off the field injured.
FULL REPORT FROM DAVE CAMPBELL AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS