13 Oct


My apologies for getting this full report on last week’s defeat at Dinnington on so late. I’m getting past it; I though I had already put it on!


Report by Dave Campbell

Dinnington: 37

Tries: Williams Winters Longstaffe Marshall Goals: West 4 conversions,

1 drop-goal, 2 Penalties.


Scarborough: 19

Try: Harrison Goals: 4 penalties. 1 conversion


For a third consecutive week Scarborough made a sluggish start to a game; this time conceding three first half tries at Dinnington as a somnambulant performance left them with a hill to climb with only half of the game played.

Skipper Phil Watson won the toss and opted to play down the Dinnington slope with the elements. However, orchestrated by fly-half Johnny West, the south Yorkshiremen attacked with verve into the wind and scored in the 6th minute when fullback Chris Williams got on the end of a sweeping threequarters move to score between the uprights. West added the extras for a 7-0 lead. Scarborough struck back three minutes later when centre Tom Ratcliffe reduced the arrears to four points with a penalty. However West restored the south Yorkshiremen’s ten point advantage in the 15th minute with a well-struck drop-goal.

Dinnington continued playing to their game plan; running the ball from everywhere and in the 20th minute they started a move from within their own half which ended with back row Russell Winters powering over in the corner. West converted for

17-3. Although Ratcliffe kept the scoreboard ticking over with another couple of penalties, the visitors just couldn’t get into the game with ball in hand and things went from bad to worse when Close to half time, they set up a rare attack in the Dinnington half but knocked on and were then cut to pieces as the home side ran the ball back: switching play across the field twice, setting up David Longstaffe to run in from 30 metres out, breaking two tackles on the way. West converted for a 24-9 Dinnington interval lead.

Not for the first time this season Scarborough girded up their loins after the break and looked a different side from the fifteen who struggled in the first forty minutes. Zybek Schutz came on for Jake Rollinson at scrum-half and Sam Warren replaced Phil Austen in the back row with Austen moving into the second row for Mikey Readman. Tom Harrison scored the visitor’s only try of the game midway through the half when great handling saw a lovely break by centre Billy Parker carried on by fly-half Phil Stewart who released the Scarborough fullback to gallop over. Ratcliffe added the extras and reduce the arrears to eight points at 24-16.

A flurry of sin-binnings saw two Scarborough and three Dinnington players shown yellow cards before an exchange of penalties between West and Ratcliffe saw the game go into its closing stages with Dinnington 27-19 ahead and Scarborough looking to save the game. A further West penalty nudged Dinnington three points further ahead before a turnover in the last minute of the match as the visitors were pressing the Dinnington line saw the ball swiftly moved up-field for prop Will Marshall to barge over for the clinching score and a bonus point. West converted for a 37-19 victory.

Once again a slow start against a lively opposition was the Seasiders’ downfall and they’ll have to sort that problem out if they are to progress this season. They have an immediate chance to bounce back next week when bottom club Knottingley, who are without a win so far this season visit Silver Royd.

Scarborough: Harrison Jeffrey Ratcliffe Parker Dennis Stewart Rollinson Taylor Williams Raines Watson(capt) Readman Hoggard Warren Austen. Substitutes: Schutz Fish Burgess (all used)

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