Scarborough go top in NORTH ONE EAST with 22-14 defeat of Moortown at Silver Royd!

5 Oct

HOOKER STUART SMYTH SCORES AGAINST MOORTOWN

SCARBOROUGH 22 MOORTOWN 14

By Dave Campbell

In-form Scarborough RUFC grabbed top spot in NORTH ONE EAST at Silver Royd with victory over Leeds-based outfit Moortown yesterday.

The men from Silver Royd raced to a 14-0 lead with tries from Hooker Stuart Smyth in the 5th and 14th minutes of the game; fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted both. Increasingly influential scrum-half Jordan Wakeham was instrumental in both tries and added a third assist when he released fullback Henry Hocking to sprint over in the 18th minute.

A big turnout was royally entertained by both sides who looked to play expansive rugby but defences held sway and Scarborough reached the break without conceding.

The third quarter of the game saw the handling from both sides deteriorate, however Moortown reduced the arrears with a converted try in the 62nd minute and it was game on. Scarborough conceded a string of penalties midway through the half before the visitors cut the deficit to five points at 19-14 with a converted try in the 71st minute. 

With the Seasiders nervously holding onto their narrow five point lead  in the closing stages,  Ratcliffe put the issue beyond doubt, sealing a 22-14 victory with a penalty three minutes before the end.

FULL REPORT FROM CHARLIE HOPPER AND PICTURES FROM ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.

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