Scarborough RUFC finish home campaign with Selby win

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Having conceded two tries within four minutes of the start at Silver Royd, Scarborough staged a remarkable fightback scoring seven tries in the 45-24 defeat of Selby.

Selby went off like a train and when a misdirected Scarborough clearance was fielded and moved infield full-back Josh Cruise romped over brushing aside some flabby non-tackles from the Scarborough defence.

Cruise converted his own effort and Selby led 7-0 with 56 seconds of the game played.

Scarborough’s flail-fest continued when Selby took play into the home 22 and fly-half Dan Porter glided over between the uprights in the third minute.

Cruise added the extras for 14-0 and Scarborough looked shell-shocked.

The Seasiders had to clear their heads and get down to the task at hand and the first signs of revival came from the forwards who drove a rolling maul up the left touchline.

The ball was moved infield just outside the Selby 22 and prop Wesley Langkilde released full-back Corey Dennis with the sweetest of passes to power over wide on the right in the 10th minute.

Fly-half Tom Harrison missed the difficult conversion into a crosswind.

Following a good break by centre Joe Marshall on halfway, the home pack drove forward before releasing Harrison who chipped over a flat defence and secured from the kindest off bounces to cross between the uprights in the 19th minute.

He improved his own score with the kick to reduce the arrears to two points at 14-12. Paul Taylor joined the action replacing Langkilde a minute later.

Dennis rattled the Selby defence every time he broke from deep and wing Joe Lenton went close following a blistering run up the left touchline on the half-hour.

Selby revived just before the break and when an overthrow at a defensive lineout found a Selby player, the ball was moved infield. Scarborough infringed and Cruise kicked his side to a 17-12 half-time lead.

Scarborough turned the screw after the break and when a Dan Porter 22 drop-out was charged down by Taylor, Selby knocked on and were driven over their own line from the resulting scrum with number eight Matthew Else getting the touch in the 48th minute.

Harrison converted and the Seasiders led for the first time in the game at 19-17.

Leading by only two points, Scarborough continued to play positively and some great work by Dennis, scrum-half Jordi Wakeham and bustling prop Mark Hopper kept the visiting defence on their toes.

The Scarborough pack was bossing the scrums and when they won a strike against the head, Wakeham shot from the base to score a blistering blind-side try for 24-17 on the hour.

And two minutes later Wesley Langkilde, back in the action broke from midfield and delivered a cute flick pass to flanker Taylor Smith, who romped over for a cracking try, Harrison converted for 31-17.

With Selby and Scarborough having been involved in many high-scoring games over the last couple of seasons, the Scarborough faithful knew it wasn’t over yet and so it proved to be as on a rare incursion into home territory, a slick Selby move up their right flank saw open-side Pete Rowntree evade a couple of poor tackles to squeeze in at the corner in the 67th minute.

Cruise hit a beautifully timed conversion cross-wind from the touchline to cut the Scarborough lead to a single score at 31-24 and it was game-on.

Selby briefly looked as if they would get back into the game but their backs had lost the zip they had shown early on and when Scarborough reasserted their superiority in the forwards, play was taken back into the visitors’ 22, where following pressure near the line, lock Nick Ingham drove over in the 78th minute. Harrison converted for 38-24,

With the game going into injury-time Selby pressed on the Scarborough 22 for a try that would have earned them two possible bonus points.

However a floated pass infield was intercepted by Harrison who sprinted almost the length of the field to score between the uprights and add his fifth conversion of the afternoon for 45-24.

Coach Lee Douglas’ charges showed real character to bounce back from such an early hammer blow. Another good pack performance saw a dominant front row with Taylor and Williams outstanding.

Langkilde and Hopper showed some deft handling skills in the loose and Eamon Chapman was pick of the back row.

Behind them, Wakeham excelled whilst Harrison with a personal points tally of 20 had an influential game; Joe Lenton and Corey Dennis also earned their share of the plaudits.