Harrison shines in narrow defeat at York (FULL REPORT IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS).

11 Dec
2015-11-07 tom versus YORK
TOM HARRISON HAS STRUCK A RICH VEIN OF FORM photograph ANDY STANDING

YORK 20   SCARBOROUGH 13

By DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough made a flying start when fly-half Tom Harrison scored and converted a 4th minute try in their promotion battle with York at Clifton Park yesterday.

However they lost the momentum produced by that score and slipped 10-7 behind when the minstermen replied with a touchdown of their own by centre Chris Peach converted by fullback George Davis who added a penalty on the half-hour.

Both sides entertained a big pre-Christmas turnout with enterprising rugby but Scarborough struggled when they lost scrum-half Jordi Wakeham who was accidentally kicked on the head and taken to hospital in the 20th minute.

The Seasiders’ defensive line-speed was very sluggish and they conceded a try on the stroke of halftime when Davies strolled through six flailing tackles that reminded me of a wind-farm on a stormy day to touchdown and convert for a 17-7 half-time lead.

Coach Lee Douglas’s charges were further depleted when fullback Tom Ratcliffe was sin-binned early in the second half. York failed to take advantage of their superiority in numbers but edged ahead on the hour with a penalty for 20-10.

Scarborough closed the gap with a penalty six minutes later for 20-17 and although they dominated the closing stages of the game, York held on for a just about deserved win.

Scarborough’s opponents at Silver Royd next week, league leaders Bridlington surprisingly lost for the first time this season going down 26-28 to Heath RFC at Dukes Park setting up what should be a cracker at Silver Royd.

Tom Harrison who has never played better since he joined the club had another stormer and shone at fly-half and when he took over from Jordi Wakeham at scrum-half.

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