Scarborough RUFC suffer defeat at Malton & Norton
Scarborough RUFC lost 26-12 at Malton & Norton RUFC on Friday night.
In a return of last Friday's fixture, Scarborough made the short trip down the A64 to The Gannock.
The visitors started brightly and Tom Ratcliffe was unlucky not to open the scoring when he appeared to be baulked while chasing his kick through.
Malton & Norton were soon on the front foot and looked dangerous when running with the ball. Only some last-ditch defending and a knock-on denying them after Ratcliffe's kick had been charged down.
It wasn't long before the hosts took the lead with a wonderful solo effort with the Malton man breaking several tackles before racing clear to score. With the conversion being kicked the home side held a deserved 7-0 lead.
Scarborough rallied and Aaron Thompson reduced the arrears when he got on the end of another Ratcliffe kick. Ratcliff missed the conversion and at the end of the first 20 minute period Malton & Norton led 7-5.
Scarborough started the second period brightly and had a period of sustained pressure but once again the hosts took control and extended their lead when a Scarborough pass was intercepted on the halfway line and they ran clear to score under the posts.
There was no further score and at the end of the first half Malton & Norton led 14-5.
In the third period Scarborough went close when Jordi Wakeham intercepted a loose pass, his run was halted close to the hosts line.
Scarborough recycled the ball and worked it along the line before Tom Harrison went over. Ratcliffe made no mistake with the conversion to make the score 14-12.
Again the hosts took control and dominated the rest of the period and scored a well worked try moving the ball across the pitch from right to left before going over near the posts, with the added conversion the hosts led 21-12.
Malton & Norton looked fitter and sharper and it was no surprise when they added an unconverted try before the end of the period.
The final period was littered with handling errors as players tired and the damp ball made things difficult. Scarborough rallied well and applied long periods of pressure but didn't really threaten the Malton & Norton line. With no further scoring the game ended 26-12 to the home side.