Scarborough RUFC prove too strong for Acklam

Scarborough always had too much for a one-dimensional Acklam side in a game played in bright, cold and windy conditions at Talbot Park, Middlesbrough.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 28th January 2017, 5:23 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th January 2017, 5:31 pm
Scarborough RUFC on their way to victory at Acklam
Scarborough RUFC on their way to victory at Acklam

Playing with a strong wind blowing directly down the pitch, Acklam took the game to the visitors through their forwards; driving mauls and pick-and-goes through the middle being their modus operandi.

The Seasiders soaked up the early pressure with relative ease in a scoreless first quarter before they took the lead against the run-of-play with a try from centre Tom Ratcliffe in the 25th minute.

The Teesiders continued to press but their only reward came from a penalty from skipper Dan Ashton two minutes before the break.

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Scarborough RUFC push on

Scarborough struck back almost immediately when Tom Harrison scampered through the home defence to score under the posts.

The bustling fly-half converted his own effort for a 12-3 half-time lead.

Ashton landed a second penalty for the home side two minutes into the half but with the wind behind them Scarborough went on to score four unanswered tries in a somewhat one-side second half.

Skipper Matty Jones’s men showed admirable composure in an assured performance and never looked likely to slip on what was a potential banana skin.

Scarborough RUFC push on