SCARBOROUGH GRAB BONUS POINT WITH LAST-GASP WINNNER AT DRIFFIELD

2 Mar

SCARBOROUGH DRIVE AT THE DRIFFIELD DEFENCE  PHOTO: DAVE CAMPBELL

DRIFFIELD 22 SCARBOROUGH 27

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from a home defeat by Pocklington in their last game to defeat Driffield on their own patch and widen the gap between themselves and Morley in second and third place in North One East.

With a wind which was behind them then blew across the paddock Scarborough pressured the Woldsmen particularly up front where the Driffield front row had a particularly uncomfortable afternoon.

The Seasiders butchered a couple of nailed-on tries in the first five minutes of the game when overlap ball failed to go to hand with the line begging; however following sustained pressure in the home 22 No8 Ben Martin powered over for the visitors in the 13th minute. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe failed to convert but Scarborough led 5-0.

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SCARBOROUGH DRIVE FOR THE LINE IN THE DRIFFIELD 22 PHOTO: DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough’s lead was short-lived and Driffield scored on their first visit to Scarborough territory when centre Gary Stephenson split the visiting defence and touched down between the uprights in the 16th minute. Fly-half James Watts added the extras for a 7-5 Driffield lead.

The visitors re-doubled their efforts and having taken control in mid-field and the forward battle regained their advantage in the 25th minute when a cross-kick by scrum-half Jordi Wakeham found wing Jonty Holloway who surged over wide on the right; Ratcliffe added the touchline conversion for 12-7.

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BEN MARTIN WINS A LINEOUT AT DRIFFIELD   PHOTO:  DAVE CAMPBELL

And Scarborough underlined their first-half superiority with a signature Jimmy Perrett try where he beat the home defensive line with pure pace to surge over in the 39th minute; Ratcliffe converted for 19-7 lead at the break.

The Woldsmen made a positive start to the second half with a try from from right-wing Joseph Robinson in the 47th minute converted by Watts to reduce the arrears at 19-14 and struck once more through Robinson to level the scores at 19-19 three minutes later.

Ratcliffe and Watts exchanged penalties in the 56th and 62nd minutes respectively and a battle royal ensued in the fourth quarter with scores tied at 22-22.

An absorbing and nail-biting final period looked like ending in a draw before wingman Manning Smith popped up to clinch an injury-time winner at the death with the final play of the game; cue Scarborough delight. Cue Driffield disappointment.

 FULL REPORT IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS OUT THURSDAY

 

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