Scarborough lose unbeaten record

Scarborough RUFC were beaten by Bradford and Bingley in the Yorkshire Shield. Picture: Andy Standing
Scarborough RUFC were beaten by Bradford and Bingley in the Yorkshire Shield. Picture: Andy Standing
0
Have your say

Injury-ravaged Scarborough RUFC forfeited their unbeaten home record after a 22-8 defeat to Bradford and Bingley.

The visitors scored three second-half tries to secure a flattering Yorkshire Shield win at a windswept and rain-lashed Silver Royd.

Playing into a southwesterly gale, Scarborough were immediately under the cosh, however as the game settled, Bradford flyhalf Gerhard Nortier and his opposite number Tom Harrison exchanged penalties for 3-3.

The first half saw the Seasiders play controlled rugby into the teeth of the gale, retaining possession through their forwards. But both sides found it very difficult to get their backs into the game due to the conditions.

With the wind and rain behind them, Scarborough would have been expected to take control after a magnificent first-half effort, but it was Bradford who forged ahead with a try from a catch-and-drive converted by Nortier for 10-3 in the 51st minute.

The west Yorkshiremen looked the stronger of the sides even playing against the elements and took control with tries in the 64th and 72nd minutes to lead 22-3.

Scarborough had the last word however when livewire winger Toby Welsby burst through to score a consolation try with the final move of the match.

FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.