Valkyries shine in eight-try success against Morpeth

Scarborough RUFC Valkyries report by Dave Campbell
Scarborough RUFC Valkyries report by Dave Campbell

Scarborough Valkyries turned in a thrilling eight try performance full of running rugby to beat visitors Morpeth 44-22 at Silver Royd today.

The Silver Royd side got off to a flying start running-in three tries through Claire Wilkinson, Casey Jordan and skipper Cathy-Ann Myers in a blistering opening quarter.

The Northumberland girls were no slouches themselves and only solid defence by the Valkyries kept them at bay.

In particular a crunching try-saving tackle by full-back Mel Halstead prevented a certain try for the visitors on the half-hour.

Morpeth got their reward when they scored wide on the right just before half-time to reduce the arrears at 15-5.

The Valkyries extended their lead with less than a minute of the second half played with a terrific solo effort from Halstead which she converted herself for 22-12.

The seesaw nature of the game continued with a converted Morpeth try to make it 22-12 before another Halstead touchdown stretched the lead to 27-12.

The game finished with a rush of tries; a Morpeth touchdown made it 27-17 before tries from Jess Glanvill (2), one converted by Halstead, and Jess Bray saw the Valkyries to a well-deserved 44-22 victory.

This was technically the Valkyries best performance to date, their handling and ball retention was a vast improvement on last week’s outing at Acklam.

Everyone played their part with Glanvill, Halstead, Bray and skipper Cathy-Ann Myers having a big influence on the game.