SCARBOROUGH suffered a 22-7 defeat at a muddy North Ribblesdale in Yorkshire One.
The Silver Royd-based club competed well against the hosts in a game played on a quagmire of a pitch, the conditions causing the match to become a forward’s battle.
The hosts opened the scoring with a converted try after 15 minutes, and they increased their lead to 10-0 with a 20th-minute penalty.
Just before half-time Scarborough got their way back into the match with a well-worked try.
The visitors earned a line-out near the Ribblesdale line, and after a catch and drive, number eight Chris Lee went over to score a try for Scarborough.
New Zealander TH Grace converted the try to make it 10-7 at the half-time interval, giving the visitors’ hope of a second-half revival.
In the second half, the teams were evenly-matched, skipper Nick Ingham excelling at lock forward and Phil Stewart outstanding at scrum-half - the latter earning the man-of-the-match award for Scarborough.
But despite plenty of fine play from the visitors, two late tries, one converted and another unconverted, secured the points for Ribblesdale. The defeat leaves Scarborough hovering above the drop-zone.
Matty Jones continued his recovery from injury with an appearance from the bench, while youngster Ben Gledhill also came on for the final 10 minutes and impressed.
The scoreline flattered North Ribblesdale, with both sides having played well - a fine achievement in such adverse conditions.