Scarborough start pre-season with Kirkby Lonsdale win

New skipper Tom Ratcliffe was in superb form as Scarborough kicked off their pre-season with a 43-26 win at home to Kirkby Lonsdale. Picture by Andy Standing.

New skipper Tom Ratcliffe was in superb form as Scarborough kicked off their pre-season with a 43-26 win at home to Kirkby Lonsdale. Picture by Andy Standing.

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Scarborough began their pre-season campaign with a 43-26 victory over Kirkby Lonsdale at Silver Royd on Saturday.

Fielding a weakened side through illness, injury and holidays, Scarborough eventually overcame their Cumbrian opponents in an entertaining match which was played over four periods of 20 minutes.

Played in blustery conditions both teams tried throughout to play open and attractive rugby as they work towards the 2014/15 campaign.

Scarborough took the lead as early as the second minute when Graeme Jeffrey scored under the posts following a break by Billy Parker.

New captain Tom Ratcliffe added the conversion to make the score 7-0.

Kirby Lonsdale then took the game to Scarborough through their big heavy pack and levelled the scores in the ninth minute when their scrum-half scored near to the posts from close range.

Scarborough continued to attack and were twice pulled up by the referee for forward passes when tries were certain and the score remained the same until the first break.

In the second period Scarborough regained the lead through a Ratcliffe try following good work by Phil Stewart and Mikey Readman.

Ratcliffe added the conversion for his side to go 14-7 up.

Twice more Scarborough were pulled up for forward passes with a score likely, but it was the visitors who scored in the last minute of the period through their fly-half following a five-metre line-out and the conversion was added to draw the teams level at half-time.

In the third period Scarborough appeared to lose concentration and allowed Kirkby Lonsdale through for two very soft tries, taking them into a 26-14 lead five minutes into the third period.

They did however wake up again and great work by the returning Corey Dennis forced Kirkby Lonsdale’s full-back into an error and Zbynek Shutz following up to score out wide.

Scarborough continued to attack and were rewarded when the referee gave them a penalty try for continued infringement at the scrum, Ratcliffe duly converting to take the scores level.

In the fourth period Scarborough’s extra fitness told and a try from Ratcliffe and two further long range efforts from Harry Domett took them to a 43-26 victory.

For Scarborough most of the backs had fine afternoons while in the forwards Ryan Pickering, Readman and Paul White were in fine form.

The squad will now be working towards their next game at Barnsley in two weeks time, with all the squad available they should advance into the second round of the Yorkshire Shield.