West 25 Scarborough 29

By El Pedro - October 13 2019
West 25 Scarborough 29 A disappointing afternoon ended with the consolation of two bonus points but this was a definite missed opportunity to claim our second win of the season.

We led 15-0 after 25 minutes and had looked comfortable to that point but then we gifted Scarborough a try which energised the visitors and they proceeded to put on a masterclass of ball retention either side of half time - scoring two tries to take the lead without us really touching the ball.


Stu Waites had got the scoring underway with a penalty after he was tackled without the ball and we enjoyed all of the early pressure until Ryan Painter got the opening try, burrowing his way to the line from close range. Waites’ conversion hit the right-hand post but fell kindly between the sticks for a 10-0 lead. 


The one way traffic continued as we earned a scrum deep in the Scarborough 22 and Chris Atkins made a storming carry right up to the line but was unlucky to be held up. With another chance at the scrum we weren’t to be denied with Painter again the scorer, battling his way to the try line in the left corner.


From the restart momentum began to change, with the ball immediately turned over and when we did eventually get it back and kicked to clear Scarborough’s dangerous full-back Jonty Holloway ran it back with interest. We carelessly left a huge void in the backfield and the visitors were quick to spot it, chipping over the top from the base of a ruck and almost able to walk onto the ball with no defender in sight. It was a careless try to concede and with Jordan Wakeham adding the conversion, it visibly lifted the East Yorkshiremen.


For the remaining 15 minutes of the half we had next to no possession and were forced to defend phase after phase. We held on manfully on the goaline for a 5 minute spell at the end of the half but eventually the defensive line was breached with a try under the posts.


The defensive work had clearly taken its toll and half-time seemed to come at a good time for us to regroup but any ideas of that were soon put to bed as Scarborough marched up the field to score a try through hooker Stuart Smyth with the half less than 90 seconds old.


The game had completely shifted from the opening period but, despite going behind, we managed to earn some possession despite now struggling in the scrum. Some nice handling along the backline resulted in a try for Adam Brown and when Scarborough centre Billy Parker was yellow carded for hands in the ruck, Waites had a chance to give us back the lead. Unfortunately the kick sailed wide and just two minutes later, momentum in the game had changed again. Painter joined Parker in the sin-bin for the same offence and despite initial surprise at the visitors turning down an easy kick at goal to extend the lead, the decision was vindicated when they simply moved the ball along the backline for winger Graeme Jeffrey to score in the right corner.


The missed conversion kept us within a converted try but a harsh high tackle decision against Peter Youll gave Wakeham the chance to effectively seal the game with 5 minutes to play and he made no mistake. 


Having failed to pick up bonus points in any of our previous losses it was important to try and get something from the game and we got a well deserved fourth try through Owen Westhorp with only stoppage time to play. There was enough time to restart the game but our attack was bundled into touch on half-way and Scarborough held on to the position at the top of North One East.


It has been a tough start to the season with four of our six games against sides in the top six but to keep pace with the teams above we really need something from the next two games against Percy Park and fellow strugglers Huddersfield YMCA.


West: Ollie Connolly, Joe Willis, Zac Southern, Peter Youll, Lewis Scott, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter (capt), Andrew Rollins, Aidan Jackson-Smith, Liam Pennick, Michael Hogan,  Connor McLurg, Adam Brown, Liam Bailey, Chris Atkins.

Changes:  Adam Coates, Owen Westhorp, Ethan Ledington.

Tries: Painter 2, Brown, Westhorp

Con: Waites

Pen: Waites

YC: Painter


Scarborough: Jonty Holloway, Jeffrey, Frend, Parker, Anderson, Hocking, Wakeham, Cutino, Smyth, Nellist, Brown, Watson, Fowler, E Govier, D Govier.

Changes: Jones, Jordan Holloway, Leah


Referee: Carl Hall [Durham Society]



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