Scarborough shine as Acklam are brushed aside

Scarborough v Acklam. Picture Richard Ponter 133760a
Scarborough v Acklam. Picture Richard Ponter 133760a
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Scarborough made it two from two as they continued their winning start in Yorkshire One with an eight try victory over a determined but poor Acklam side.

The Middlesbrough-based outfit were parachuted into Yorkshire One from Durham/Northumberland One this season and looked woefully short of the wherewithal to survive in the altogether more competitive environment of the county’s top league.

The Seasiders went off like a steam train from the start with hard-running centres Jan Tieber and Benji Cottle punching holes in a porous visiting midfield.

Skipper Phil Watson and flanker Chris Purdy were powering over the gain line with halfbacks Zbnyec Schutz and Tom Harrison releasing a buzzing back division. It was no surprise therefore when lock Mikey Readman barged over wide on Scarborough’s left after only seven minutes. Full-back Tom Ratcliffe converted for 7-0.

Scarborough continued to press and dominated every facet of play at this stage but over eagerness resulted in some uncharacteristically poor handling at times.

However when brains were engaged, skipper Phil Watson’s men surged ahead with a couple of textbook touchdowns in the 15th and 17th minutes; the first came when Cottle executed an inch-perfect chip through in the visitors 22 and collected to score then a searing break from the Kiwi centre released wingman Graeme Jeffrey to scamper over. Ratcliffe failed to convert the former but added the extras to the latter for a 19-0 lead.

Number eight Matty Else exited proceedings with a back injury in the 21st minute to be replaced by Henry Gray, who was immediately in the action as the home side drove deep into Acklam territory where Tom Harrison bustled through a congested 22 on a diagonal run to cross and sprint under the posts in the 24th minute. Ratcliffe stretched the lead to 26-0 with his kick.

Scarborough appeared to go off the boil and an outclassed and outgunned visiting side showed what they were made of in the determination department by putting several good moves together most of them involving stocky centre Lee Richardson. A

nd they appeared to have gained their reward on the half hour when they managed to squeeze over following sustained pressure. Referee Mr Hodgson judged the ball to have been held up over the line and instead of an attacking scrum they were penalized for mouthing off at the referee, had a player sin-binned and their chance had gone.

Scarborough rounded off the half in style when prop Nino Cutino was driven over in the 40th minute from a catch-and-drive and Ratcliffe’s superb in-and-out conversion from the right touchline made it 33-0 at the break.

The third quarter saw the visitors have their best period of game; in that they did not concede for a twenty minute period and contested well against a Scarborough side that had lost concentration and to some degree, shape.

The Teesiders stuck to their task but frankly never at any stage looked like getting into the game; however the skill and application that had served Coach Lee Douglas’ men so well in the first forty minutes appeared to have deserted them.

Douglas brought on Phil Stewart at 10 and moved Harrison back to full-back and it took them time to settle. Paul Taylor also came on at prop with Tommy Goodman joining Ratcliffe on the rolling-subs bench.

Class will out and Scarborough roared back in the final quarter; Chris Purdy, who had a steady and effective game, got his reward as he drove over following a catch-and-drive in the 61st minute. Harrison added the conversion for 40-0.

Even at this stage the home side could have had a hatful of tries had they managed to lower the temperature of their white line fever.

However they continued to dominate up front and from a scrum wide right in the visitors 22, the ball was moved infield and Stewart released Cottle to glide over for his second try of the afternoon in the 66th minute. Harrison converted for 47-0.

And on an afternoon where perhaps Scarborough dwelled a bit too much on their opponents’ 88-7 defeat at York the previous week, a final try from Ratcliffe now back on the paddock as a wing, rounded off a well-deserved 52-0, eight try victory.