Scarborough bounced back from last week’s home defeat by Heath running in four tries to win 29-17 at Hullensians to earn a bonus point and leapfrog Heath back into second place in Yorkshire One.
Scarborough took the game to Hullensians on a dry, sunny autumnal afternoon on Humberside and scored within five minutes of kick-off when scrum-half Jordi Wakeham drove over near the uprights, fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
The Seasiders kept the pressure on, their pack shunting the home eight back at a rate of knots at every early scrum and it was no surprise when skipper Matty Jones playing at prop powered over in the 11th minute. Ratcliffe failed to convert but the visitors led 12-0.
Hullensians’ winger Josh Langford was sin-binned in the 18th minute for a deliberate knock-on in the 18th minute and Ratcliffe extended the lead to 15-0 with the resulting penalty.
Scarborough had to resist an extended period of pressure on their own line in the second quarter but the Humbersiders couldn’t find a way over due to solid Scarborough defence before back row Aaron Wilson scored late in the half and Ratcliffe converted for 22-0 lead at the break.
The Seasiders should have pressed home their advantage after the break but their lack of concentration and over-elaboration saw several try-scoring opportunities completely butchered.
Hullensians stuck manfully to their task and second row Pete Osborne crossed in the 47th minute to reduce the arrears at 22-5.
Scarborough continued to over-elaborate going forward and some simple opportunities went begging; however they eventually got their bonus point in the 58th minute when fullback Jim Perrett went over. Ratcliffe just pulled the touchline conversion but the visitors let 29-5.
With a glut of possession, Matty Jones’ men continued to make heavy going of their task looking to make a plethora of unnecessary passes and run down so many blind alleys when the simple thing would have fitted the bill.
Langford scored a couple of late tries for Hullensians but Scarborough never looked in real danger; however they must concentrate for longer periods of the game and be much, much, more clinical.
That said it was Scarborough’s biggest win at Hullensians for many seasons,
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