Scarborough just pipped by high-flying West Leeds

25 Sep

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An attacking Scarborough scrum just outside the West Leeds five metre line.

Northern Division – Yorkshire One

Scarborough 27 West Leeds 29

BY DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough’s poor early season form continued with a 27-29 defeat at the hands of high-flying West Leeds at Silver Royd Yesterday.

The Visitors looked well organized from the start and took an early lead with a converted try for 7-0. The game was keenly contested and Scarborough’s Tom Harrison and James Leach found themselves cooling their heels in the sin bin early in the first half.

However, The Seasiders stuck to their task and a try from winger Jack Anderson reduced the arrears at 5-7 before fullback Tom Ratcliffe nudged his side 10-7 ahead with a spectacular individual effort in first half injury time.

A free-scoring second half saw visitors 29-17 ahead and on course for a comfortable win. However Scarborough showed real determination and a try from prop Alessandro Zavatti reduced the arrears to 29-22.

The excitement wasn’t over yet and a late touchdown by centre Maloni Moata’ana reduced the arrears to a couple of points at 29-27. A touchline conversion was required from centre Graham Hogg for a draw but it alas it wasn’t to be and the Seasiders had to be content with two bonus points.

This performance against a good West Leeds side augers well for the months ahead and with skipper Matty Jones arriving from New Zealand on Thursday there is every cause for optimism; however consistency, composure near the opposition line and particularly fitness is required before this side reaches its potential.

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