Scarborough 37


(Yorkshire I)

ED BARBER almost single-handedly beat Scarborough after notching 29 of his side’s points, only for the Seasiders to score the winning try in stoppage time and keep YM winless.

But despite the defeat, this was definitely YM’s best performance of the season by a long way and came so close to getting the first win of their campaign.

Unfortunately, they once again gave their opponents a head start, and found themselves 14-3 down after just 15 minutes.

But they stuck to their task manfully, with the forwards and backs linking effectively, and showed signs that they are finally beginning to find a bit of balance.

Playing at outside centre, Barber kept YM in touch with five penalties, and also crossed for two tries himself.

Going into the closing stages, YM were 30-27 down when the forwards took the ball at the line-out and drove fully 20 metres before Steve Dyke plunged over for a try, which Barber converted to put the visitors 34-30 ahead with just three minutes remaining.

However, they then made the sin of knocking on straight from the kick-off allowing Scarborough to march into YM territory from where flanker Chris Purdy went under the sticks, and fly-half Tom Harrison, who had scored the first of the home side’s four tries, added the conversion to sink YM hearts.

At least they secured a bonus point, and the signings are starting to look a little more promising, with several players showing good form, not least Lloyd Bentley, who seems to be revelling in his new position at full-back.

Next Saturday, YM play host to North Ribblesdale, who are just one place in the League above YM, making the game even more crucial.