Bonus over Bev­er­ley

The Scarborough Evening News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - BY DAVE CAMP­BELL­ Twit­ter: @Camp­bell­rugby

A team per­for­mance ooz­ing power saw Scar­bor­ough main­tain their pro­mo­tion push with a bonus-point win over Bev­er­ley.

A team per­for­mance ooz­ing power and pur­pose saw Scar­bor­ough main­tain their pro­mo­tion push with a bonus-point win over Bev­er­ley in a crack­ing lo­cal derby at Sil­ver Royd.

Scar­bor­ough kicked off with a bone-numb­ingly cold northerly wind be­hind them and when they moved the ball from the first scrum Bev­er­ley came over the top of a sub­se­quent ruck and were pe­nalised.

Tom Rat­cliffe took the kick from 30 me­tres out and his tow­er­ing ef­fort hit the up­right, bounced back into play and num­ber-eight Ben Martin fol­low­ing-up drove over for the open­ing try in with only 55 sec­onds on the clock. Rat­cliffe added the ex­tras for a 7-0 Scar­bor­ough lead.

And when the vis­i­tors in­fringed in their own 22 four min­utes later the big fly-half slot­ted the penalty to stretch the lead to 10-0.

With dom­i­na­tion at the set pieces, the Seasiders also looked to hit the gain line with their big men and Mikey Read­man, Phil Wat­son, Aaron Wil­son and front-row­ers Paul Tay­lor, Nino Cutino and skip­per Matty Jones did just that, set­ting up the ma­raud­ing three-quar­ters be­hind them.

Bev­er­ley’s plan was to run the big Scar­bor­ough for­wards around in an ef­fort to tire them but al­though their han­dling and ball-re­ten­tion was ex­cel­lent they ran too many lat­eral lines and lacked punch and pen­e­tra­tion.

The Scar­bor­ough back row of Ben Martin, Aaron Wil­son and Drew Govier smoth­ered much of the vis­i­tor’s ef­forts and looked ef­fec­tive go­ing for­ward them­selves.

How­ever when the next try came it was from a set piece when a re-set Scar­bor­ough scrum in front of the vis­i­tors’ posts was driven over and Ben Martin got the touch. Rat­cliffe con­verted for 17-0 in the 21st minute.

Bev­er­ley had their fair share of pos­ses­sion most from the line-out in very windy con­di­tions but could make lit­tle head­way through a solid home de­fence.

And Scar­bor­ough in­creased their lead in the 35th minute when a chip for­ward from full-back Jim Per­rett was knocked on by Bev­er­ley full­back Luke Hazell.

From the re­sult­ing scrum the ball was swiftly moved to Per­rett who straight­ened up and romped over wide on the right. Rat­cliffe failed with his con­ver­sion at­tempt and Scar­bor­ough led 22-0.

Bev­er­ley had a chance to get on the score­sheet on the stroke of half-time but fly-half Phil Duboulay pulled his long dis­tance penalty ef­fort wide and Scar­bor­ough led 22-0 at the break.

Play­ing with the wind be-

hind them af­ter the break Bev­er­ley’s ball-re­ten­tion saw their skil­ful backs brought more into the game but as in the first40 min­utes their lack of pen­e­tra­tion and a solid de­fen­sive per­for­mance from Scar­bor­ough made them un­likely can­di­dates to be next on the score­board.

And Scar­bor­ough did stretch their lead in the 55th minute; they had spent some time in the vis­i­tors’ 22 and even­tu­ally un­locked their de­fence when Tom Rat­cliffe took a pass from cen­tre Billy Parker, glided be­tween two de­fend­ers and re­leased flanker Aaron Wil­son to cross wide on the left.

Rat­cliffe added a tow­er­ing touch­line con­ver­sion for a 290 lead.

Wil­son had ar­guably been Scar­bor­ough’s most ef­fec­tive for­ward in the first half and it came as some re­lief to Bev­er­ley when he was sin-binned for a dan­ger­ous tackle in the 63rd minute.

And they took ad­van­tage of the man short­age three min­utes later when prop Ray­mond Coates dived in to score from close-range. Phil Duboulay con­verted to cut the home ad­van­tage to 29-7.

Bev­er­ley turned the screw with the Seasiders down to 14 men but the ball-re­ten­tion which had char­ac­ter­ized their early play de­serted them and when they spilled the ball in the home 22, skip­per Matty Jones gave it an almighty hoof up-field and chased it him­self.

The cav­alry ar­rived be­hind him and a good field po­si­tion was gained just out­side the Bev­er­ley 22.

And from an at­tack­ing scrum wide on the right sub­sti­tute scrum-half Joe Len­ton re­leased flanker Drew Govier to drive over in the 78th minute.

Rat­cliffe con­verted from the touch­line for 36-7.

The ref­eree played fully five min­utes of time added on at the end be­fore full-back Hazell squeezed over in the cor­ner for a con­so­la­tion try for the vis­i­tors.

The touch­line con­ver­sion was too much for Duboulay and Scar­bor­ough ran out win­ners of a pretty cred­itable ad­ver­tise­ment for York­shire One rugby.

This was very much a team per­for­mance with the tight five out­stand­ing not just for their dom­i­nance at the set scrum but their abil­ity to get up and tackle and punch holes in the Bev­er­ley de­fen­sive line.

Be­hind them once again the young loose for­wards har­ried all af­ter­noon.

The wingers weren’t at the heart of the ac­tion in the bit­terly cold con­di­tions, but both Harry Domett and Jonty Hol­loway laud­ably went look­ing for work.

Tom Rat­cliffe stand­ing in at 10 had an other ef­fec­tive game and he mixed things up just enough to keep the op­po­si­tion guess­ing.

Jor­dan Wake­ham had a busy and pro­duc­tive day and will be sorely missed as he will be out for three games fol­low­ing knee surgery tomorrow.

Billy Parker, Paul White

and Jim Per­rett all looked good go­ing for­ward and played their part in Scar­bor­ough’s best de­fen­sive ef­fort of the sea­son.

The Vik­ings suf­fered a 5510 de­feat on the road at Bev­er­ley 2nds.

The injury-rav­aged sec­ond string put in an in­dis­ci­plined per­for­mance on a dis­ap­point­ing af­ter­noon.

Play­ing with 13 men for over 60 min­utes due to in­juries, the Scar­bor­ough side gave away a count­less num­ber of penal­ties that added to their woes.

Alex Con­lin was the man of the match for the Vik­ings, who host Marist this week.

The Valkyries take on Hull Io­ni­ans at home, while the

Danes­men play Hessle 2nds.

Scar­bor­ough cel­e­brate James Per­rett’s try in their 36-12 win against Bev­er­ley at Sil­ver Royd on Satur­day Pictures by Andy Stand­ing

Tom Rat­cliffe (above) and Jonty Hol­loway (be­low) im­pressed for Si­mon Smith’s side

Per­rett (top) and Aaron Wil­son (above) on the ball

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