Scarborough beat Selby in season opener

Tom Harrison kicked 11 points to help Scarborough RUFC to a 21-0 victory over Selby at Silver Royd. Picture: Graeme Farrah
Tom Harrison kicked 11 points to help Scarborough RUFC to a 21-0 victory over Selby at Silver Royd. Picture: Graeme Farrah

Scarborough RUFC bounced back from a slow start to claim a 21-0 win over Selby in their first Yorkshire One outing of the new season.

Lee Douglas’ men struggled for most of the first half against lively opposition, however, the visitors failed to capitalise on their early dominance and the Seasiders took control after the break to win comfortably in the end.

Playing with the advantage of a northerly wind, Scarborough struggled to cope with the swift-rucking away side who bossed the breakdown; however the hosts’ defence was rock solid and some bone crunching tackles kept them in the game. This was despite losing the services of skipper Tom Ratcliffe with an eye injury early in the first period.

Scarborough’s pack started to gain the upper hand in the forward battle and following sustained pressure on the Selby line, prop Wesley Langkilde powered over for the opening try of the game in the 38th minute. Flyhalf Tom Harrison converted and added a penalty on the stroke of half-time for a 10-0 lead.

A further penalty just after the break stretched the lead to 13-0 which led to a period of domination by the home side particularly at the scrum. And when they won a lineout on halfway, the ball was moved infield for a surging run by full-back Ant Coffey to break the line and send winger Harry Domett in for a spectacular try.

Scarborough had a stranglehold on the game in the closing stages and clinched the points with another Harrison penalty which hit both upright and crossbar before dropping over to seal what was, in the end, a well deserved 21-0 win.

Youngster Drew Govier, who had an outstanding game ,was named man-of-the-match on his first team debut.

Full match report and pictures in Thursday’s Scarborough News.