Bonus-point defeat of Consett keeps Scarborough RUFC in promotion race. FULL REPORT & PICTURES BY DAVE CAMPBELL

16 Mar

Man of the match Sam Dawson on the charge against Consett

Photographs: Dave Campbell


Scarborough maintained their play-off second-spot in North East One with a bonus-point win over bottom club Consett, running-in seven tries in a competitive encounter at Silver Royd.

Playing with a stiff north-westerly behind them, the Seasiders’ kick-off was fumbled by the visitors. From the resulting scrum they drove to the Consett 22 and following a couple of scrums they pushed the Geordies over their own line and No8 Ben Martin dived in after 90 seconds. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted for a 7-0 Scarborough lead.

Stung into action Consett drove into the Scarborough half and when the Seasiders lost possession, visiting centre Alex Paulus broke for the line only to be brought down short; however second row Richard Tetley was on hand to follow up and touch down in the 6th minute; Paulus missed the conversion.

Most of the first quarter was played in the Consett half with Scarborough camped on their line on several occasions but spirited defence kept them at bay although they should have scored after 16 minutes when a pass was fired wide from scrum-half Jordi Wakeham to Jonty Holloway with the line at his mercy but the ball flew over the young winger’s head into touch.

However Matty Jones’s men did stretch their lead in the 25th minute when a rather pedestrian threequarters’ move in their own 22 by Consett saw centre Aaron Wilson intercept a pass and cross near the posts; Ratcliffe added the extras to stretch the lead to 14-5.

And Scarborough stretched their lead with a couple of tries in the three minutes before the interval; a well timed kick through from Ratcliffe found wing Manning Smith who released Jones to drive in. His effort was held up but from a subsequent Wakeham tap penalty, hooker Sam Dawson crashed over.

That try was quickly followed by a move involving Jones, Drew Govier and Wakeham who released Jones to pile over. Ratcliffe converted both for a 28-5 half-time lead.

With the wind behind them after the break Consett drove into home territory and from a Scarborough fumble the won a scrum but were penalised; the Seasiders chose to have another scrum and conceded a penalty.  From the resulting kick into touch and catch and drive Consett flanker Bradley Southeran was driven over in the 43rd minute. Paulus converted to reduce the arrears at 28-12.

The men from county Durham turned the screw and were camped on the Scarborough line for extended periods but thanks to some magnificent defence just couldn’t find a way over. The visitors had less field position as the game went into the fourth quarter as aggressive defence in midfield by Luke Brown, the Goviers, Cade Robinson, Wilson, Hicks and Dawson in particular took its toll.

Scarborough stretched their lead on the hour when stand-in scrum-half Jimmy Perrett released Holloway on the wing from a ruck in the Consett 22 and the young wing passed inside back to Perrett who scampered over. Ratcliff added the extra two for 35-12.

Consett heads never went down and they continued to contest every ball doggedly; however the Seasiders stretched their lead in the 65th minute when Euan Govier strode over and Ratcliffe converted for 42-12.

And the men from Silver Royd topped off a workmanlike performance with an excellent mid-fielders’ try from first phase; scrum-half Perrett moved the ball in field to fly-half Ratcliffe from a lineout on halfway; the big ten released inside centre Bill Parker who danced round a couple of tackles and sprinted to the line from just inside the Consett half. Radcliffe converted for 49-12 with his seventh conversion of the game.

Another focused and spirited effort from Coach Simon Smith’s charges with all 18 players in the squad contributing as they lost Jordi Wakeham and Ben Martin to illness half way through the game.  Aggressive in defence, they coped well against a side whose league position belies their commitment and skill.



Sam was everywhere and turned in a great all round performance both in defence and attack; he added to his try tally with a first-half touchdown.


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