Returning Marcus turns tie around

Drop Folder Sport/Atex Sport. 22/01/11. Pic Kevin Allen. 'Scarborough RUFC v Selby.'110362c.
Drop Folder Sport/Atex Sport. 22/01/11. Pic Kevin Allen. 'Scarborough RUFC v Selby.'110362c.

Playing into the teeth of a north-easterly gale Scarborough trailed 7-13 at the break.

But inspired by the return of club legend Marcus Edwards playing at first team level for the first time in four years and for the first time at Silver Royd, they clinched both league points scoring fifteen points without reply in the second half.

Drop Folder Sport/Atex Sport. 22/01/11. Pic Kevin Allen. 'Scarborough RUFC v Selby.'110362g.

Drop Folder Sport/Atex Sport. 22/01/11. Pic Kevin Allen. 'Scarborough RUFC v Selby.'110362g.

Playing with the elements Selby pressed from the start, fly-half Jordan Barton harnessing the benefit of the following wind with his howitzer boot and pushing Scarborough deep into their own 22.

However a spilled pass by the visiting number ten saw home scrum-half Deina Morete gather and make a searing break through the middle.

Fullback Graeme Jeffrey up in support took the move on, sprinting into his opponents 22 before releasing centre Paul White to power over near the posts. Fly-half ‘TH’ Grace added the extras for 7-0 with only four minutes on the clock.

Having made the early breakthrough Scarborough then had some considerable defending to do with the visitors using the wind to pin the men from Silver Royd deep in their own territory.

Selby did have a chance to reduce the arrears in the 10th min when they were awarded a penalty 25 metres out, but Barton, whose kicking out of hand was impressive pulled his effort across the posts.

Scarborough did manage to break out of defence on several occasions with centre Billy Parker, Paul White and back rowers Louis Karl, Chris Purdy and Chris Lee to the fore.

But too often their ball retention let them down resulting in turnover ball and renewed pressure.

Barton continued with a succession of massive line kicks with the wind behind him and from a charged down kick following an attacking lineout, Selby second row Brendan Lanaghan barged over from close range in the 19th minute. Barton missed the conversion. And with their tales up the visitors edged 10-7 ahead four minutes later when a couple of poor tackles in the home 22 saw full-back Ben Lunt power over.

Barton was again unsuccessful with his conversion attempt but made amends on the half hour when he slotted a long distance penalty when a Scarborough player was penalized for handling in a ruck.

Skipper Nick Ingham’s men did have a chance to reduce the arrears just before the break when a slick move down the left flank left White with the line at his mercy only for a fumble to deny him a certain try.

Trailing by six points Scarborough started the second half as they did the first with an early try. This time with only two second half minutes on the clock.

Playing with the elements they drove into the visitors 22 where they were awarded an attacking scrum. The visiting eight were shunted back over their own line and a push-over try appeared on the cards but as the ball came to number eight Chris Lee he picked up and thundered over from short range.

Grace was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt and Scarborough trailed by a single point at 13-12. Selby came straight back when a poorly directed kick by Grace saw them make progress down the left touchline and some neat interplay appeared to have resulted in left winger Alex Arthur going over. However under the pile of bodies, referee Bill Oliver judged that the ball had been held up and the Selby joy was curtailed.

A big Silver Royd turnout reserved their biggest cheer of the afternoon when Marcus Edwards came on to replace Grace at fly-half in the 51st minute. The ever popular Kiwi made an immediate impression slotting a 32 metre penalty from wide on the Scarborough right to nudge his side 15-13 ahead in the 55th minute after which they lost the services of Karl to the sinbin when he as adjudged to have handled in a ruck.

Selby did have their moments but in general Scarborough used the elements well in the fourth quarter playing much of the game deep in Selby Territory. And a moment of Edwards’ magic provided the clinching try in the 67th minute with his side on the attack inside the visitors 22.

The Scarborough number ten changed the direction of the attack left to right with a signature sleight of hand in which he appears to pass to himself, wrong footing two defenders and moving the ball to the right through hands for wingman Harry Domett to score in the corner. Edwards added the extras from wide for the coup de grace.

Scarborough continued to press in the dying minutes of the game looking for a fourth try which would have provided a bonus point but it wasn’t to be.

In the backs Jeffrey, Parker, Edwards and Morete took the eye whilst the forwards, who impressed as a unit were particularly well served by Jason Lowde, Ian Williams, the irrepressible Paul Taylor, Matthew Else, Wayne Adams and Chris Purdy.

This fifth consecutive win at Silver Royd moved them one point ahead of local rivals Bridlington in Yorkshire One.

Not a bad day at the office for Skipper Nick Ingham and his men.

Scarborough: Jeffrey Domett White Parker Lucas Grace Morete Lowde Williams Taylor Ingham Else Purdy Karl Lee Substitutes: Edwards Adams Fish