Scarborough edge thriller at West Park Leeds

West Park Leeds and Scarborough RUFC contest a scrum. Picture: Dave Campbell
West Park Leeds and Scarborough RUFC contest a scrum. Picture: Dave Campbell
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Scarborough RUFC turned in their poorest first-half performance of the season on West Park Leeds' artificial 3G pitch, but bounced back after the break to clinch both league points with a hugely improved second half.

Scarborough struggled with the unfamiliar underfoot conditions and conceded a try scored by Leeds scrum-half Adam Worley with only five minutes played.

Scarborough RUFC's players grab a rest during their 21-20 win at West Park Leeds. Picture: Dave Campbell

Scarborough RUFC's players grab a rest during their 21-20 win at West Park Leeds. Picture: Dave Campbell

Fly-half Andy Cromack converted and added a penalty shortly after for a 10-0 lead.

The Seasiders’ poor set-piece play, particularly at the scrum, failed to provide a platform for a pacy back division.

However, they defended their line well and kept the Leeds lead to 10 points before a powerful break and surge to the line by fly-half Tomasz Chadwick provided their opening try in the 28th minute.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe converted to reduce the arrears to 10-7.

The visitors’ joy was short-lived and Leeds stretched their lead with a try from centre Omar Al-Rawi to go to the interval 15-7 ahead.

Coach Lee Douglas read the riot-act during the break and Scarborough came out with all guns firing in the second half.

A vitalised visiting side visibly upped their game and it was no surprise when tries from winger Matty Young and number eight Isaac Faamau, both converted from the touchline by Ratcliffe, saw Scarborough lead 21-15 going into the fourth quarter.

A ding-dong battle ensued and Scarborough had several opportunities to stretch their lead. However, following a period of pressure on the visitors’ line, right-winger Harry Ibe squeezed over in the corner to cut the lead to 21-20.

Cromack missed the touchline conversion and Scarborough took the league points with the narrowest of victories.

FULL REPORT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVE CAMPBELL IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS