First-half blitz earns Scarborough York success

Isaac Faamau on the charge for Scarborough RUFC during Saturday's victory over York. Picture: Andy Standing
Isaac Faamau on the charge for Scarborough RUFC during Saturday's victory over York. Picture: Andy Standing

A clinical first-half performance was enough to earn Scarborough RUFC a fine win on the road at York.

The rampant Seasiders blew away the challenge of a pedestrian home side in the opening exchanges of their Yorkshire One game at Clifton Park, running in three tries to lead 23-5 at the break.

Fly-half Tom Harrison kicked Lee Douglas’ men into an early 3-0 lead as the Minster-men infringed just inside their own half. And a try from wing Matty Young converted by Harrison stretched the advantage to 10-0.

A beautifully-taken try off his toes by centre Alex Renwick took the score to 15-0, and although Harrison missed the conversion, he landed a penalty shortly afterwards to stretch the lead to 18 points.

York pulled a try back on the half-hour for 18-5, but their relief was short lived as Scarborough’s other wing Tom Ratcliffe touched down his own chip through on the right flank to send Scarborough into the interval with a healthy advantage.

Scarborough camped in the York 22 at the beginning of the second period, but following pressure on the home line came away with only a penalty success to lead 26-5 early in the half,

The Seasiders never quite found the momentum which drove their efforts at the beginning of the game and were pegged back mid-way through the second half with a converted try from York skipper Fox.

Having withstood some late York pressure, the Seasiders drove upfield and number eight Issac Faamau, who had come on for the injured James Leach, released Ratcliffe with a sublime flicked pass to score in the corner and snatch a winning four-try bonus point.

Full match report and pictures in Thursday’s Scarborough News.