Scarborough RUFC edged out in thriller at Morley

Scarborough RUFC
Scarborough RUFC

Scarborough RUFC suffered a 39-31 loss at North One East promotion rivals Morley in an action-packed encounter, the visitors playing the final 30 minutes with 14 men after Cade Robinson's sending-off.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start in the first minute, making an early mistake and Morley went over in the corner after a slick counter-attack to lead 7-0.

A deep kick from the home side then resulted in a line-out on Scarborough’s five-metre, Morley winning the line-out and crashing over with four minutes played, making it 12-0.

Morley continued their dominance with more relentless attacking play to breach the Scarborough defence after multiple carries and they went crashing over for another score to lead 19-0 after only 12 minutes.

The hosts made it 26-0 four minutes later when more slick hands from the Morley back line put them over in the corner.

Scarborough finally got on the scoreboard after 30 minutes, the visitors winning a scrum Tom Ratcliffe firing a ball wide for Matty Young to fly over in the corner, the conversion was missed, and shortly after the hosts kicked a penalty to make it 29-5.

The visitors scored a second try before half-time to give themselves hope of a comeback, as the scrum collapses Jordy Wakeham quick tapped and Jimmy Perrett galloped over to make it 29-10.

After half-time, Perrett scored his second try of the game to bring Scarborough back into the game, the conversion making it 29-17.

Robinson was then sent off for the visitors, and Morley made the extra man play to pull into a 36-17 lead with another try.

Scarborough refused to give in and scored another try through Luke Brown to make it 36-24, but Morley added another penalty a couple of minutes later to move 39-24 up.

Ben Martin went over for another try for the 14-man visitors, the conversion making it 39-31 but Scarborough could not add any further points and the West Yorkshire side held on for the win.

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