Scarborough turned in their most disappointing display of the season conceding four tries as they slid to a third home defeat in a row, they were outplayed and outfought by a convincing Malton & Norton side which took firm control early on and never looked like relinquishing it as they won 30-18.
Playing with a gusty south-westerly wind behind them Scarborough made a lively start and took a 3-0 lead with only two minutes on the clock when Chadwick punished the visitors who were penalized for handling in a ruck.
The early exchanges were end to end with fly-half Tomasz Chadwick running the show for the Seasiders and the South African duo of fullback Zwelakhe Sodladla and wing Sizwe Zondo making their presence felt for Malton.
Dynamic work by the visiting back division mainly aimed at Scarborough’s soft centre in midfield required effective first-up tackling and defensive line speed but it was rarely forthcoming and the visitors streamed through the middle only to be stopped by some desperate cover defence by the home side who managed to keep their line intact for the first quarter of the match.
Something had to give and the men from The Gannock got the tries their enterprise deserved at the start of the second quarter; following a period of pressure in the home 22 and a wayward clearance, ex-Scarborough man Nick Daley at fly-half crossed for Malton in the 20th minute and three minutes later flanker Ali Coe waltzed over following some poor Scarborough tackle attempts. Sodladla missed the first kick but made no mistake with the second and Malton led 12-3.
Scarborough appeared out of sorts and off the pace with the visitors looking the likelier of the sides to grab the next score; however it appeared that Chadwick had outstripped the Malton defence with a couple of sweet sidesteps and an injection of pace in the 35th minute but slipped and the chance had gone.
Malton were penalised in the subsequent play and Chadwick hit a superb 35 metre kick to reduce the arrears at 12-6 in the 35th minute.
With the first half drawing to a close centre Billy Parker put in a crunching tackle on his opposite number Josh Heggie but Scarborough infringed at the ensuing ruck and Sodladla stretched the Malton lead to 15-6 at the interval.
The pressure never eased for Scarborough after the break and they had to repel wave after wave of Malton attacks.
They were second best at the breakdown and around the fringes and found it hard to get their hands on the ball.
Fly-half Nick Daley delighted the travelling supporters with a great run which was eventually halted but when Scarborough was penalized in the 46th minute Sodladla stretched the visitors’ lead to 18-6.
Prop Nick Salisbury ripped some maul ball in his own half and Malton moved the ball quickly wide to Zondo, who accelerated down the right touchline leaving Harry Domett in his wake before scoring in the corner in the 50th minute. Sodladla added the extras for 25-6.
Stung into action, Scarborough put a sweeping threequarters move together taking play deep into the visitors’ 22; the ball was taken on and prop Mark Hopper thundered over for the Seasider’s first try of the game.
Chadwick added the extras across wind from the touchline in the 53rd minute to reduce the arrears at 13-25.
Malton came straight back from the re-start and from a smart chip over the Scarborough defence wing Ian Cooke nipped in to score in the 57th minute. Sodladla failed to convert but Malton led 30-13.
The visitors took their foot of the gas in the final quarter but appeared to have plenty in reserve. Scarborough spent an extended period in the Malton 22 in the last ten minutes and a series of five -metre scrums were repelled by the Malton pack before scrum-half Jordi Wakeham dived over for the Seasiders in the 76th minute.
Chadwick’s conversion attempt appeared to hold its line until the last moment when it faded wide and Malton ran out well-deserved 30-18 winners.
There were some fine individual performances e.g. Eamon Chapman and Mark Hopper in the pack and half-backs Chadwick and Wakeham, but as a team Scarborough showed little passion and stomach for the fight considering the game was a local derby.
The supporters at Silver Royd are a patient lot (they have to be) but only one home win so far this season is a poor return on their investment of time and money.