Scarborough win thriller at Hull to clinch league and Shield double DAVE CAMPBELL’S FULL REPORT

18 May

Scarborough celebrate their Yorkshire Shield win at Hull

YORKSHIRE RFU CHALLENGE SHIELD FINAL

SCARBOROUGH 41 OLD RISHWORTHIANS 27

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough completed a record-breaking league and cup double defeating Old Rishworthians 41-27 in the final of the Yorkshire Challenge Shield in shirt-sleeve weather at a sun-drenched Brantingham Park, Hull.

In front of a huge turnout where Scarborough supporters were very much in the majority, Rish had the better of the early forward exchanges and took a 3-0 lead in the 5th minute when fly-half Josh Kelley kicked a penalty from the Scarborough ten metre line.

Looking much the more positive side Scarborough were not to be denied for long and a sweeping move started by centre Billy Parker ended with flanker Aaron Wilson sending left winger Harry Domett over in the 9th minute. Stand-off Tom Ratcliffe converted for 7-3.

The Seasiders were buzzing and bustling breaks by hooker Same Dawson, centre Jimmy Perret and fullback Tom Harrison tested the west Yorkshiremen’s resolve. However the next Scarborough score came following a five metre scrum wide on the right. From his own put-in Rish scrum-half Joe Billing hesitated at the base and his opposite number Jordi Wakeham nipped in to score in the 16th minute. Ratcliffe’s touchline conversion dissected the uprights for a 14-3 lead.

Scarborough infringed following Old Rishworthians’ re-start and following a period camped on the Seasiders line, hooker Chris Stone barged over in the 19th minute. Kelly added the extras to cut the arrears to four points at 14-10.

Skipper Matty Jones’s men continued to play all the positive rugby against a side whose main tactic when in possession in their own half was to hoof the ball as far downfield as possible.

It was therefore no surprise when the men from Silver Royd stretched their lead, right wing Matty Young acted swiftly to capitalise on Rishworthians’ indecision on their own line to kick on and dive in for a superb opportunist try in the 24th minute. Ratcliffe just missed the kick but Scarborough led 19-10.

Yours truly with the Shield and our men. PHOTO ANDY STANDING

Matty Jones was taken out in mid-air fielding the re-start and the miscreant was sin-binned for his trouble.  Some slick handling rugby from Scarborough was thwarted as several final passes failed to find their man; however a powerful, surging break by Parker initiated a flowing move and Jimmy Perrett released  No8 Ben Martin to cross wide on the left then cut in and ground between the uprights in the 39th minute; Ratcliffe converted for a 26-10 interval lead.

The start of the second half was pretty uneventful as Old Rishworthians continued to play with a lack of ambition which seemed strange for a cup final; even kicking a free kick to touch and handing possession back to Scarborough at the subsequent line out!

It  was no surprise then when Scarborough stretched their lead just before the hour; Harrison chipped over a flat defence but the bounce eluded him only to be gathered by Perrett who sprinted away to score between the posts in the 59th minute. Ratcliffe converted for 33-10.

Game, set and match to Scarborough? Not a bit of it! At last the men from Calderdale woke up and gave it a real go, starting with wing-man Anthony Shoesmith scoring wide on the left in the 61st minute to reduce the arrears at 33-15.

PHOTO DAVE CAMPBELL

The Seasiders then lost the services of lock forwards Matty Oxtoby and Phil Watson sin-binned for infringements defending near their own line in the 64th and 65th minutes. This was followed by a yellow card for scrum half Jordi Wakeham and it was ‘game on.’ And when the 12 men of Scarborough ran out of defenders in the 70th minute Rishworthians went over once more from close range. Kelly uncharacteristically missed his second consecutive conversion but it was now a 33-20 game.

And even with Oxtoby back on, the 13-man Seasiders struggled against their resurgent opponents and the agony was further piled on when following a massive defensive effort including outstanding work by back rowers Aaron Wilson, Drew Govier and Ben Martin, Rishworthians squeezed over from close range with Kelly converting this time for 33-27 in the 77th minute; three minutes to go and less than a converted try between the sides!

PHOTOGRAPH DAVE CAMPBELL

However, with all three players out of the sin-bin Scarborough took control and regained their shape and composure in the final few minutes. Ratcliffe slotted a penalty in the 78th minute to stretch the lead to 36-27 before the peerless Paul Taylor on at tight-head prop, out-foxed a tiring Rish Defence to touchdown in the right corner in injury time for an unassailable 41-27 lead. Ratcliffe missed the conversion with the final kick of the game but his teammates had already started the party.

Billy Parker makes the break for Scarborough’s first try

PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: BILLY PARKER

There were outstanding performances all over the paddock but centre Billy Parker was the go-to man for his carrying, bustling breaks and rugged defence. Often an unsung hero, he maintained his consistent standard of performance which has been one of the contributing factors in Scarborough’s outstandingly successful season.

CAMPBELL’S COMMENT

The game was a fitting conclusion to a hugely successful first season in charge for the popular admirably modest Simon Smith. At the end of a long, hard campaign even under the pressure of the occasion his charges played with skill and verve and although they conceded three second half tries when reduced at one time to twelve men, they defended with real commitment; typical of which was the tackle inches from his own line by the smallest player on the pitch Jonty Holloway on one of the biggest, Rish man of the match prop Harry Whitfield saving a certain try.

SCARBOROUGH: HARRISON YOUNG PERRETT PARKER DOMETT RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM CUTINO DAWSON JONES (CAPT) WATSON PURDY WILSON D.GOVIER MARTIN TAYLOR WILLIAMS OXTOBY READMAN E.GOVIER HOLLOWAY ANDERSON

OLD RISHWORTHIANS: BAKE FLANAGAN B.SUTCLIFFE R.SUTCLIFFE SHOESMITH KELLY BILLING WHITFIELD STONE KERSHAW BULLOUGH SWARBROOKE FAULKNER ROLLINGS ANDREWS DAY WILLIAMS JOWLE ROBINSON BAKOSO CRICKMAY

REFEREE: MR COLIN TOVEY

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