From the Touchline by Dave Campbell HEATH 20 SCARBOROUGH 20

12 Sep
JORDAN WAKEHAM SCORED TWO FIRST HALF TRIES AT HEATH TODAY picture: ANDY STANDING

JORDAN WAKEHAM SCORED TWO FIRST HALF TRIES AT HEATH TODAY picture: ANDY STANDING

Scarborough lost the services of experienced first teamers Eamon Chapman, Harry Domett and Graeme Jeffrey to injury on Friday but bossed the first half at Heath this afternoon to lead 15-0 at the break. An improved performance from the home side saw a thrilling second half with the spoils eventually shared at 20-20.

The Seasiders looked by far the sharper side in the early exchanges dominating the forward battle and running a harassed Heath back division ragged. Fly-half Tom Harrison kicked his side 3-0 ahead with an early penalty before winger Jordan Wakeham took advantage of hesitation in the home defence to nip in for an opportunist try following a bullocking run down the left flank by prop Wesley Langkilde. Harrison converted for 10-0.

The visitors played some delightful running rugby with fullback Anthony Coffey in sparkling form.  Harrison, centre Tomasz Chadwick and Coffey combined on the half-hour to release Joe Marshall but the young winger lost his footing on the slippery surface and the chance had gone; however following further good work by Harrison minutes later, Wakeham crossed for his second try for 15-0.

Scarborough started the second half without the services of second row Mikey Readman yellow carded on the stroke of half time and were immediately under pressure. With their tails up Heath looked odds on to score minutes into the half for a try-saving tackle by Coffey to save the day for the visitors.

Following the sin-binning of Scarborough No8 James Leech, the west-Yorkshiremen got their just desserts with converted tries either side of the hour mark and took the lead for the first time in the game with a penalty with nine minutes to go at 17-15. Coffey then scored an amazing try starting from inside his own half and ending near the right cornerflag at the other end to restore the vistors’ lead at 20-17.

When it looked as if they may hold on for a narrow win, Scarborough infringed at a ruck on their own 22 and Heath fullback Jack Crabstree slotted the penalty to draw the game at 20 apiece.

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