Late penalty sees Scarborough denied at Heath

Jordan Wakeham in action at Heath where he scored two tries in a 20-20 draw. Picture: Andy Standing
Jordan Wakeham in action at Heath where he scored two tries in a 20-20 draw. Picture: Andy Standing

Scarborough RUFC drew 20-20 at Heath in Yorkshire One, with the hosts scoring a last-gasp penalty to earn a share of the spoils.

Despite being without the services of experienced first teamers Eamon Chapman, Harry Dommett and Graeme Jeffrey, Lee Douglas’ side bossed the first half to lead 15-0 at the break.

The Seasiders looked by far the sharper side in the early exchanges, dominating the forward battle and running a harassed Heath back division ragged.

Fly-half Tom Harrison kicked his side 3-0 ahead with an early penalty before winger Jordan Wakeham took advantage of hesitation in the home defence to nip in for an opportunist try following a bullocking run down the left flank by prop Wesley Langkilde. Harrison converted for 10-0.

The visitors played some delightful running rugby with full-back Anthony Coffey in sparkling form.

Harrison, centre Tomasz Chadwick and Coffey combined on the half hour to release Joe Marshall but the young winger lost his footing on the slippery surface and the chance had gone; however following further good work by Harrison minutes later, Wakeham crossed for his second try for 15-0.

Scarborough started the second period without the services of second row Mikey Readman - yellow carded on the stroke of half-time - and were immediately under pressure.

With their tails up, Heath looked odds on to score minutes into the half, only for a superb tackle by Coffey to save the day for the visitors.

Following the sin-binning of Scarborough number eight James Leech, the west-Yorkshiremen got their just desserts with converted tries either side of the hour mark and took the lead for the first time in the game with a penalty nine minutes from time to go 17-15 up.

Coffey then scored an amazing try, starting from inside his own half and ending near the right corner flag at the other end to restore the away side’s lead at 20-17.

Just as it was starting to look as if they may hold on for a narrow win, Scarborough infringed at a ruck on their own 22 and Heath full-back Jack Crabstree slotted the penalty to draw the game.

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