YMCA travelled to table topping Scarborough knowing that only a win would do to keep them in the promotion stakes. As expected in a 1st v 2nd game tension was running high but the game was a brilliant advert for NE1 rugby. With both teams throwing everything including the “kitchen sink” at each other the game had everything and a devastating twist in the tail as Scarborough scored with the last play in injury time to take the spoils, 13 – 12.
Playing with a strong gusty wind at their backs the YM were soon under pressure as the home team came out all guns blazing using their forwards to batter the YM defence. On 14 minutes, finding no way through a resolute YM defence, they eventually released their backs to stretch the visitors defence for right wing Holloway to touch down in the corner, Young was unable to add the extras but first blood to the home team. Scarborough 5 – 0 YM.
On 24 minutes the home team were reduced to 14 men when tight head prop Dawson was shown the yellow card. YM were quick to take advantage of their numerical advantage as from a 5-meter scrum the YM eight shunted the home pack over the line only for the referee to award a penalty try under the posts. With no conversion needed, Scarborough 5 – 7 YM.
The game now settled into attack and counter attack as both teams probed for a weakness in the opposition defence It was Scarborough who nearly broke the deadlock with an attack down the right wing only to be foiled by a scrambling YM defence. Unfortunately scrum half Bradley was adjudged to have killed the ball and was shown the Yellow card and given 10 minutes rest.
As the half wore on YM were getting into the ascendency with possession and territory putting the home team on the back foot. As half time approached YM took a lineout 40 meters out and set up a driving maul which took play deep into the home 22. The ball was recycled with the forwards taking play to the Scarborough line only for a penalty to be awarded to the visitors. With time up the YM chose to scrum rather than risk a kick at goal in the very blustery conditions. Unfortunately for the YM the ball squirted out of the set piece and a scoring opportunity for the visitors went begging.
Half time Scarborough 5 – 7 YM.
Now playing against the wind the YM chose to use their forwards to pick and drive which soon had the home team on the back foot. On 44 minutes the YM were awarded a 5-meter scrum which was reset a couple of times as the home team front row collapsed to the ground as they were being shunted backward. Oblivious to any wrong doing the young referee made the YM play the ball from the base of another collapsed scrum which came to nothing. Another scoring opportunity gone.
Scarborough weathered the storm with some resolute defence but it took them until the 58th minute to get into the YM half where they were awarded a penalty 40 meters out. With the wind at his back, centre Matthew Young had no problem in slotting the penalty to put the home team in the lead, Scarborough 8 – 7 YM.
On 67 minutes the big centre had a chance to increase the lead with another long-range penalty from wide out only to see his effort drift wide.
On 74 minutes the YM regained the lead with a spectacular try from centre Thomas Van Rooyen. On half, way in front of the large vociferous home crowd, Stead made what looked like an impossible break down the blind side tip toeing down the touch line before handing on to Van Rooyen. The big centre still had a lot to do as he brushed off would be tacklers before racing 30 meters to touch down wide out. With the home crowd now silenced Stead was unable to add the extras against the strong wind but the YM had the lead with only minutes to go. Scarborough 8 – 12 YM.
As the game went into injury time and the game being played out on half way it looked like the YM would come away with a hard-earned win but never say die Scarborough outfit had a different idea. Throwing caution to the wind the ball was moved down the right wing to take play to the YM line. A scrambling defence kept them out only for a 5-meter scrum to be awarded to the home team. Several drives at the line were repelled but with the large vociferous crowd now baying them on No8 Cade Robinson crashed over to score the winning try in what had been an enthralling encounter. Young was unable to add the extras to give a final score, Scarborough 13 – 12 YM.
YM: Burnett, Tetley, Van Rooyen, Stead, Garden, Bradley, Slater, Hill, Dyke, Black, Housley, Garside, Hodge, Lumb. Subs, Barrett, Tindall, Bull.
|12/01/2019||2:30 pm||North 1 East||2018|
|Silver Royd, Scarborough|
|Silver Royd, 569 Scalby Rd, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0NL, UK|
|Huddersfield YMCA RUFC||12|
Huddersfield YMCA RUFC