SCARBOROUGH PROGRESS TO YORKSHIRE SHIELD FINAL WITH THE 29-5 DEMOLITION OF BEVERLEY AT SILVER ROYD.

26 Apr

2018-04-25 pic from shield semi with beverleyA SUPERB EVENING OF YORKSHIRE CHALLENGE SHIELD RUGBY AT SILVER ROYD

PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDY ROSSOL

Having qualified for the North One play-off game on the 5th of May with the 52-33 defeat of Keighley on the road last Saturday, Scarborough booked their place the Yorkshire Challenge Shield final defeating visitors Beverley 29-5 at Silver Royd last night.

Beverley took an early lead following a period of pressure in the early stages of the game but Scarborough came storming back with tries from Ben Martin, Tom Ratcliffe and Tom Harrison to lead 17-5.

From the Beverley re-start after Harrison’s touchdown, a couple of Scarborough defenders clashed in their own 22, but fly-half Tom Ratcliffe recovered the ball and sprinted up the Scarborough right touchline; the big number ten offloaded to prop Nino Cutino on half-way. Hooker Sam Dawson took it on and sprinted into the visiting 22 and released scrum-half Jordi Wakeham to power over for the TRY OF THE SEASON!! The conversion was missed but the Seasiders led 22-5 at the break.

Beverley made a swift start to the second forty minutes but stout home defence damped the fires of a comeback.

Controversy came after ten minutes of the second half when a Beverley prop was injured and was unable to carry one. The Beavers did not have a front row replacement which according to the competition rules was permitted and he was replaced by a non-front rower. This resulted in uncontested scrums which undoubtedly favoured the visitors as Scarborough had dominated that aspect of the game from the start.

The remainder of the game was pretty unstructured and the home side lost their potency; however a try midway through the half by Harry Domett on the left wing for Matty Jones’s men clinched the game.

Beverley had rarely threatened apart from their early try but battered away at the home try line in the final minutes of the game; however Scarborough defended to the death and denied a valiant effort from the Beaver to run out deserved 29-5 winners and progress to the final of the competition.

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