Scarborough cruise to Heath victory

Scarborough RUFC beat Heath 32-10 at Silver Royd. Picture: Andy Standing
Scarborough RUFC beat Heath 32-10 at Silver Royd. Picture: Andy Standing

Scarborough RUFC bagged a bonus-point win over Heath at a windy Silver Royd.

The injury-hit Seasiders were further depleted when they lost the services of fly-half Tom Harrison early in their Yorkshire One game, but regrouped to turn in a committed performance which saw them claim a 32-10 success.

Playing into a strong south-westerly gale, Scarborough coped well in the loose but their inexperienced front row, with 18-year-old Jacob Young at hooker, struggled at the set-scrum.

Harrison left the field in the 15th minute following a period of treatment, and Tomasz Chadwick moved to fly-half with Billy Parker replacing him in the centre.

From a ruck on the visitors’ 10-metre line, scrum-half Martin Robinson sprinted from the base to take play deep into Heath territory, and from a subsequent attacking line-out, prop Wesley Langkilde was driven over in the 23rd minute for a 5-0 lead.

Full-back Tom Ratcliffe’s conversion attempt into the wind was unsuccessful.

With the wind behind, him Heath full-back Ezra Hinchliffe reduced the arrears with a long-distance penalty before Langkilde stretched the Scarborough lead, taking a lofted pass wide on the left to stroll over to make it 10-3 at the interval.

Following an extended break to allow referee Mr Mike Ramsden to receive treatment for an injured knee, Ratcliffe kicked Scarborough 13-3 ahead with a penalty before adding the extras to an opportunist try from flanker Drew Govier for 20-3.

With their tails up and the wind behind them, the hosts took advantage of a Heath blunder at a restart to send Chadwick over for a bonus point-winning fourth try and a 25-3 lead.

In a rare incursion into home territory, Heath scrum-half Dave Walsh then powered over for his side’s only try of the afternoon. Hinchliffe converted to cut the lead to 25-10.

Scarborough struck back almost immediately with an opportunist try from Parker, Ratcliffe converting for 32-10 and rounding off the scoring.

Youngsters Young and Jack Ireland made impressive debuts in a game where Scarborough’s commitment and use of the elements was the difference between the teams.

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.