Starting with Matty Jones in the front row replacing Nino Cutino, who was struggling with a stiff neck and started on the bench; the Seasiders slipped 6-0 behind following a couple of Cleckheaton penalties.
However skipper Drew Govier’s men grabbed the lead in the 10th minute when hooker Smyth, on debut, crossed from close-range and fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted for 7-6.
A somewhat undercooked Scarborough side were brushed aside as the west Yorkshiremen ran in four tries (three converted) from Mike Haywood (2), skipper Matty Piper and Jack Marshall in a dynamic first half performance to lead 32-7 at the break.
With Cutino on for young prop Joe Nellis and Chris Purdie replacing Will Rennard in the second row Scarborough took the second half to Cleckheaton from the re-start and turned the screw in a complete reverse of the first 40 minutes.
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With Jordan Holloway replacing Purdy in the back row and Joe Marshall on for Connor Ward on the right wing the Seasiders ran in a further four tries from Smyth (2), Purdy and Jones to outscore the home side 22-0 in the second half.
Had the Seasiders had a more successful afternoon with the boot, they could well have completed a fantastic fightback to win. However their spirit and attitude saw to it that a game which looked dead and gone after 40 minutes, produced two bonus points.
Although disappointed with their sluggish start, Coach Simon Smith was buoyed by his side’s terrific second-half performance.
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