Inconsistent Scarborough well beaten by Old Brods

Scarborough's Eamon Chapman on the charge. Picture: Andy Standing
Scarborough's Eamon Chapman on the charge. Picture: Andy Standing

Scarborough followed an outstandingly focused cup effort against Blackburn with a distracted, introspective performance against an Old Brodleians’ side definitely up for it at a somewhat hung-over Silver Royd.

Scarborough hardly had time to settle to their task before they were behind in this game. A terrific burst town their right flank by Brods’ number eight Rob Jennings saw the ball moved inside and was knocked on.

The home side’s front row was penalised at the resulting scrum and the ball was moved inside from the tap-penalty to centre Pete Williams, who powered over for the opening try with only four minutes on the clock.

Fly-half Danny Woods missed with his conversion attempt but Brods led 5-0.

The Seasiders struggled from the re-start and found it difficult to lay a hand on the elusive visiting backline; however good work from the home back row with Eamon Chapman and Haydon Ogilvie heavily involved saw Scarborough drive into Brods’ territory before clean ball won in the visitors’ 22 was moved right to left and slick handling by fly-half Tom Harrison and skipper Tom Ratcliffe saw full-back Graeme Jeffrey up in support, drive over in the 11th minute to level matters up at 5-5.

Harrison missed the conversion.

Scarborough forgot the basics they adhered to and were so successful with last week, erect body positions, static reception of passes and poor set-piece was their downfall in this game

SRUFC reporter Dave Campbell

Brods were reduced to 14 men when they lost a player sin-binned in the 20th minute, but the Seasiders took no lessons from their try which was achieved through slick and pacy back play and looked to batter their way over from close range.

They never really had the coordination to execute this plan and with their backs unemployed behind them, failed to produce a score before Harrison nudged his side ahead with a penalty on the stroke of half-time to lead 8-5 at the break.

Harnessing the stiff northerly breeze, Brods took the game to Scarborough and camped in their half for the early first half exchanges.

However, although the Seasiders struggled to cross the gain-line, flying Kiwi winger Harry Domett went looking for the ball and was always a menace to the visitors when he was on the charge.

Scarborough continued to play through the forwards driving at the visitors’ line from close range and the use of prop Wesley Langkilde as a battering ram was not a success.

Old Brodleians always looked the more interested side and looked the team more likely to penetrate but came up against some great defensive work by Chapman, Ogilvie and Joe Marshall, who came looking for work from his lonely patrol on the wing.

Unsurprisingly Wood levelled the scores at 8-8 with a penalty on the hour.

And they continued to press before Williams burrowed over from short range five minutes later to nudge them 13-8 ahead.

The west-Yorkshiremen always looked the more likely side to score next and so it proved as a break through the middle saw Australian second row Sterling Ross batter his way to the line and stretch the lead to 18-8 in the 73rd minute. Wood added the extras for 20-8.

Scarborough came back strongly in the late exchanges and terrific work from the influential Harry Domett, centre Billy Parker and young back row replacement James Leach promised a positive end to a disappointing game; however it wasn’t to be and a pretty wrenched effort following last week’s heroics came to a disappointingly downbeat end.

Scarborough forgot the basics they adhered to and were so successful with last week, erect body positions, static reception of passes and poor set-piece was their downfall in this game.

Pick of the forwards were Chapman, Ogilvie and James Leach, behind them Harrison, Ratcliffe and Domett excelled.

Next week they travel to Pontefract to play the bottom club in the league and the fact that they have a cup semi-final the following week will be no excuse not to put in a shift for the sake of the other teams fighting to avoid relegation.

I am very aware that the game is amateur at this level and is played for fun but I would really like to see these young men achieve their full potential.

This performance was typical of their maddeningly inconsistent season, the ups and downs of which puzzle their long-suffering supporters.

There was inevitably going to be a come-down from last week’s efforts, but this season’s mercurial form fails to ring true, should they not be buoyed and exhilarated by last week’s success? Apparently not.

There is far too much navel gazing going on and it takes mental strength to live (play) in the moment and look ahead positively.