Scarborough RUFC slid to their fifth consecutive away defeat, losing 16-5 in a close-fought Yorkshire One encounter at Old Brods.
Not for the first time this season the difference between the sides, who scored a try apiece, was discipline and the visitors’ indiscipline in the second half where they conceded three penalty goals and had two players sin-binned contributed no little part in their defeat.
Having won the toss the visitors elected to play up the Hipperholme slope and took the game to ‘Brods’ in the early exchanges; they strung some good passing moves together and looked the likelier of the sides to grab the first score. However it was from a scrum midway in the Brods half that the first try of the game came, scrum half Zbynec Schutz chipped a deft kick over the home defence and full-back Corey Dennis darted in to snaffle a kindly bounce and power over in the 10th minute. Centre Tom Ratcliffe was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt and Scarborough led 5-0.
Playing up the slope the Seasiders knew they would have to make some hard yards in the first 40 minutes and their forward pack stuck well to their task and for the most part had the upper hand against a bigger but less cohesive eight. However the west Yorkshiremen dominated the line-out where lock Matt Willis ruled the roost.
With halftime rapidly approaching it looked as the first part of the visitor’s game plan had been successful; however pressing on the home 22 they lost possession and Brods struck from deep with centre Rob Jennings delivering the coup de grace at the other end. Fly-half Danny Wood added the extras to see Brods lead 7-5 at the break.
Scarborough would have looked to capitalise on the Hipperholme topography in the second half but struggled to get the ball wide where they looked to have an edge. Unlike last week they struggled at the breakdown with open side Nino Cutino their only dominant participant in this vital phase of the game at which they conceded the penalties that cost them dear.
Fly-half Danny Wood kicked three second half penalties to stretch the Brods lead to 16-5 and Scarborough had Cutino sin-binned for hands in a ruck and Coach Jason Lowde who was returned to the sidelines minutes after coming on as a substitute for preventing release. Brodleians also had a player sin-binned for stamping at a ruck. Having played half of the second half with 14 men the visitors appeared to tire although they came back strongly near the end. However the Brod’s defence stuck to their task and ran out deserved 16-5 winners on a disappointing afternoon for Scarborough.
Scarborough have struggled for consistency except for the early part of the season and they will be disappointed by yet another reverse away from the home comforts of Silver Royd. Indiscipline again proved to be their Achilles Heel and only when that improves will they find the consistency needed to progress.
Scarborough: Dennis, Jeffrey, Farrell, Ratcliffe, Young, Harrison, Schutz, Fish, Williams, Goodman, Ingham, Watson (capt), Sutton, Cutino, Austen. Substitutes: Lowde, Warren, Parker.