Scarborough 36 West 15

By Dave Picken - February 9 2020
Scarborough 36 West 15 Any hopes we had of recording a first away league win of the season were blown away as Scarborough's strong running centres ran the show.

Rob Parker and Komiti Tuilagi returned to action after long injury lay-offs and looked threatening throughout.
We had to do a hasty reshuffle with key line-out jumper Jake Linighan ill overnight - resulting in Danny Cookland and Adam Brown forming a new second row partnership.
We were competitive in the first half with the strengthening wind in our favour. However,we went behind when the Seasiders forced a series of penalties in the visiting 22 with scrum half Jonty Holloway taking a quick tap and go to give his side a five-point lead.
We came back but were undone on ten minutes as we attacked wide on the left.
Unfortunately our handling wasn’t at its best all afternoon, and a dropped ball was seized on by Tuilagi. He ran the length of the pitch - shaking off the challenges of a persistent Max Tennant - to finally score in the opposite corner.
Once again we came back. Despite having appeals turned down for a penalty try, after persistent infringement on the line, we got our first score with the lively Liam Bailey - having to play at No.8 - going over to make it 10-5.
Bailey almost got over for a second time before fly half Ollie Connolly was yellow carded by referee Laurence Pearson for a high tackle and backchat.
Bailey was in the thick of the action again, but his pass as he was tackled close to the line couldn’t be gathered by Lewis Scott.
Then skipper Ryan Painter was tackled on the line as he broke through. He did touchdown but Referee Pearson was on the spot to rule it out for a double movement.
We were to rue those missed chances as we turned round 10-5 down as within seven minutes Scarborough had stretched the lead to 17 points.
First fly half Tom Ratcliffe collected from a scrum brushing aside some poor tackles as he went over to set himself up for an easy conversion. Two minutes later the game was effectively sealed as scrum half Jonty Holloway dived over.
A deflated West were caught out again as second row Luke Brown powered his way over to take his side to 29-5.
Replacement winger Harry Mayes got us back on the front foot with a mazy run from inside his own half. He found Painter and Bailey in support but once again the final pass to Scott went to ground.
Tuilagi then found himself in the bin for aiming a punch at Andrew Rollins.
While he was sitting it out his side got their sixth and final try of the afternoon courtesy of a lucky bounce from a kick through by Radcliffe. Will Hilditch and Max Tennant looked to have it covered but instead the ball bounced ever so kindly for full back Tom Harrison.
We deserved some consolation for our efforts and got a double helping in the final minutes.
Aidan Jackson-Smith burst through to take us into the home 22. Matt Siddle, who had moved up from full back to fly half, was on hand to send in Liam Bailey at the right-corner.
The West Man of the Match took two knees to his back for his trouble and after lengthy treatment was unable to continue.
There was just time for one more score, and once again Siddle started the move which saw Lewis Scott show impressive speed as he accelerated round the defence to score the last move of the game.

Scarborough: Tom Harrison, Angus Frend, Komiti Tuilagi, Rob Parker, Jonty Holloway, Tom Ratcliffe, Jordan Wakeham, Joe Nellist, Stuart Smyth, Jordan Day, Euan Govier, William Leah.
Replacements (all used): Matt Jones, Andy Govier, Henry Hocking.

Tries: Holloway (2), Tuilagi, Ratcliffe, Brown, Harrison.
Cons: Ratcliffe (3)
Yellow: Tuilagi.

West: Matt Siddle, Will Hilditch, Lewis Scott, Zac Southern, Max Tennant, Ollie Connolly, Ryan Painter, Andrew Rollins, Aidan Jackson-Smith, Adam Coates, Adam Brown, Danny Cookland, Alex Barker, Ben Armstrong, Liam Bailey.
Reps (all used): Carl Miller, Joe Rafferty, Harry Mayes.
Tries: Bailey (2), Scott.

Yellow: Connolly.
Referee: Laurence Pearson (Yorkshire).

Scarborough 36 West 15
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