FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – LACKLUSTRE SCARBOROUGH STILL TOO GOOD FOR OLD CROSSLEYANS

15 Nov
 DAVE CAMPBELL

DAVE CAMPBELL

FAST-IMPROVING WESLEY LANGKILDE IN ACTION YESTERDAY photograph ANDY STANDING

FAST-IMPROVING WESLEY LANGKILDE IN ACTION YESTERDAY photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough extended their unbeaten home record to seven games with the 32-15 defeat of Old Crossleyans at Silver Royd yesterday but made heavy weather against their struggling opponents.

A try in the first minute from back-row Drew Govier saw the Seasiders grab a 5-0 lead that should have settled them but Crossleyans stuck to their task and dominated territory and possession in the first quarter of the game.

Following last week’s impressive away win at York, skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men appeared to have left their cohesion and skill at Clifton Park. However when the visitors lost possession near their own line, fast improving prop-forward Wesley Langkilde romped over and touched down behind the posts. Fly-half Tom Harrison added the extras for 12-0.

ISAAC FAAMAU IN ACTION AGAINST CROSSLEYANS YESTERDAY

ISAAC FAAMAU IN ACTION AGAINST CROSSLEYANS YESTERDAY

Winger Ryan Sweeney stroked over a couple of penalty goals for the visitors to reduce the Scarborough lead to 12-6 before Harrison replied with a kick of his own to nudge the home side 15-6 ahead on the half-hour.

And the Seasiders extended that lead to 20-6 on the stroke of half-time when ever-alert scrum-half Jordan Wakeham took advantage of some poor defending to nip over on the stroke of half-time.

Old Crossleyans chipped away at the Scarborough lead with a further couple of penalties from Sweeney to trail 15-20.

With No8 Isaac Faamau beginning to impress on his home début Tom Ratcliffe got the touch on a well-worked try following a break by the big Kiwi and a cross-field kick from Chadwick; Harrison converted for 27-15 on the hour.

Scarborough took control with Faamau, Langkilde, Phil Watson and Ben Martin putting the west Yorkshiremen under pressure and Chadwick got the touch on a Harrison cross-field kick late in the game to score the Seasiders fifth try for a 32-15 victory.

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