Scarborough RUFC remain top of North One East after narrow defeat at Morley

16 Nov

NORTH ONE EAST WEF 6pm 16/11/2019 (TOP SIX)

2019-11-16 table

A close-fought encounter at Morley’s Scratcherd Lane this afternoon saw league-leaders Scarborough battle-back from conceding three first half tries to come up just short at 9-15 in a hard-fought second half and lose on the road for the second time this season.

Scarborough made the ideal start with a 3rd minute penalty from fly-half Tom Ratcliffe to lead 3-0. The visitors’ advantage was short-lived and an unconverted try nudged the Leeds-based outfit a 5-3 ahead in the 6th minute. Morley continued to turn the screw and only determined Scarborough defence held them at bay.

Scarborough lock Luke Brown was yellow-carded in the 26th minute and it took only two minutes for the home side to cash in on their numerical advantage as they went over for an unconverted try to stretch their lead to 10-3.

Morley continued to press and drove over from a catch-and-drive for 15-3 in the 35th minute; however the Seasiders had the last word of the half when Ratcliffe struck a penalty from within the Morley 22 to reduce the arrears to 15-6 at the break.

Morley made a positive start to the second half and looked as if they’d stretch their lead; however great defence by the visitors maintained the status quo before Ratcliffe’s boot once more reduced the arrears at 15-9 in the 55th minute.

Trailing by only six points the Seasiders pressed for most of an absorbing second half but Morley defended as if their lives depended upon it and held out for a deserved 15-9 win. If my statistics are correct this was the first game in which Scarborough have failed to score a try since Simon Smith took charge in season 2017-2018.

TWITTER FEED BY CHARLIE HOPPER

READ CHARLIE’S FULL REPORT WITH PICTURES IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

 

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