Scarborough made a flying start when fly-half Tom Harrison scored and converted a fourth minute try in their promotion battle with York at Clifton Park this afternoon.
However they lost the momentum produced by that score and slipped 10-7 behind when the Minstermen replied with a touchdown of their own followed by a penalty on the half-hour.
Both sides entertained a big pre-Christmas turnout with enterprising rugby but Scarborough struggled when they lost scrum-half Jordi Wakeham who was accidentally kicked on the head and taken to hospital in the 20th minute.
A converted try in first half injury-time saw York lead 17-7 at the break.
The visitors were further depleted when full-back Tom Ratcliffe was sin-binned early in the second half.
York failed to take advantage of their superiority in numbers but edged ahead on the hour from a penalty for 20-10.
The Seasiders closed the gap with a penalty six minutes later for 20-17 and although they dominated the closing stages of the game York held on for a deserved win.
Scarborough’s opponents at Silver Royd next week, league leaders Bridlington surprisingly lost for the first time this season going down 26-28 to Heath RFC at Dukes Park setting up what should be a cracker next week.