Slow-starting Scarborough slip up

Tom Ratcliffe
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Dinnington: 37 Scarborough: 19

For a third consecutive week Scarborough made a sluggish start to a game; this time conceding three first half tries at Dinnington as a somnambulant performance left them with a hill to climb with only half of the game played.

Skipper Phil Watson won the toss and opted to play down the Dinnington slope with the elements. However, orchestrated by fly-half Johnny West, the south Yorkshiremen attacked with verve into the wind scoring a couple of early tries through fullback Chris Williams and wing David Longstaff; West converting two and adding a penalty. Scarborough’s only reply was a penalty from centre Tom Ratcliffe to reduce the arrears at 17-3.

Although Ratcliffe kept the scoreboard ticking over with another couple of penalties the visitors just couldn’t get into the game with ball in hand and things went from bad to worse when Dinnington flanker Russell Winter went over late in the half and West converted for 24-9 interval lead.

Not for the first time this season Scarborough girded up their loins after the break and looked a different side from the fifteen who struggled in the first forty minutes. Zybek Schutz came on for Jake Rollinson at scrum-half and Sam Warren replaced Phil Austen in the back row with Austen moving into the second row for Mikey Readman. Tom Harrison scored the visitor’s only try of the game midway through the half when great handling saw a lovely break by centre Billy Parker carried on by fly-half Phil Stewart who released the Scarborough fullback to gallop over. Ratcliffe added the extras.

A couple of penalties for the home side by West and one from Ratcliffe saw the game go into its closing stages with Dinnington 30-19 ahead and Scarborough looking to save the game or at least earn themselves a losing bonus point. A turnover in the last minute of the match as the visitors were pressing the Dinnington line saw the ball swiftly moved up-field for prop Will Marshall to barge over for the clinching score. West converted for a 37-19 victory.

Once again a slow start against a lively opposition was the Seasiders’ downfall and they’ll have to sort that problem out if they are to progress this season. They have an immediate chance to bounce back next week when bottom club Knottingley, who are without a win so far this season visit Silver Royd.

Scarborough: Harrison Jeffrey Ratcliffe Parker Dennis Stewart Rollinson Taylor Williams Raines Watson(capt) Readman Hoggard Warren Austen. Substitutes: Schutz Fish Burgess (all used)