After the Lord Mayor’s Show of last week’s scintillating performance against high-flying Heath Scarborough’s Jekyll and Hyde season continued with the dustcart of a seemingly disinterested performance against second bottom strugglers Dinnington who not only were the better side on the day but bagged themselves a four-try bonus.
The Seasiders conceded an early try when right wing Dave Langstaffe galloped over to open the scoring with only 4 minutes on the clock. Fly-half Danny Wilkinson added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
And the visitors fell back into old bad habits conceding eight penalties in the opening 15 minutes of the game.
Unable to shake off the lethargy that the long journey to south Yorkshire had induced they were very much second best at the breakdown and when they did retain possession they found it difficult to put more than two phases of play together.
And that lack of ball retention cost them dear in the 22nd minute when the south Yorshiremen took advantage of a Scarborough defensive slip to drive forward and flanker Russell Winter crashed over to stretch the lead to 12-0. Wilkinson pulled his conversion attempt.
Honours were even in the second quarter but Coach Dave Beck’s charges were mere shadows of the hard working, determined fifteen of the week before.
The only Scarborough player who played to his potential was once more Louis Karl who turned in another perpetual-motion performance but could not raise the somnambulant efforts of his teammates.
Trailing 0-12 after the break Scarborough took the game to the home side and looked to play the corners. And in the 55th minute a box kick gave them good field possession and good work by prop Matty Jones released Karl to power in to reduce the arrears to seven points at 12-5.
However, having got themselves back into the game with Karl’s try, skipper Nick Ingham’s men conceded once more; Flanker Winter taking advantage of poor Scarborough ball retention to cross and stretch the Dinnington lead to 17-5 in the 61st minute.
Scarborough kept chipping away and reduced the arrears to nine points when the south Yorkshiremen infringed and Jones kicked the penalty.
Trailing 17-8 the visitors never really looked like getting into the game and looked decidedly off-colour and it was no surprise when full-back Brian Donnelly up in support sprinted in for the game’s clinching try in the 75th minute.
Wilkinson missed the conversion but Donnelly’s try was enough gain a bonus point for the home side to give them a lifeline for survival in Yorkshire One drawing level on points with Selby with a game in hand.
I disregard statements referring to one team wanting victory more than the other; I just don’t believe rugby players go out there to not to give of their best.
However, the incentive for Dinnington, Yorkshire One was survival was a strong one and although they were a pretty ordinary side they raised their game and were the better team on the day. Scarborough will want to forget this performance in a hurry.
Scarborough: Jeffrey Lucas White Parker Dommet Stewart Morete Lowde Williams Jones Ingham Else Purdy Karl Lee Substitutes (Readman, Taylor Rollinson)
In the East Riding Merit semi-finals in Merit One the Vikings went down 42-7 at Beverley their first half try came from man of the match Chris Mabbott.
At Silver Royd in Merit Two Scarborough’s Danesmen were far too strong for Withernsea, who were overwhelmed 50-0.
The final of the Merit Two competition is at Driffield RUFC next Sunday at 1.30pm.