YM much too good in seaside special.
Huddersfield ymca gained a well-earned 24-5 victory over Scarborough at Laund Hill in their latest Yorkshire I encounter.
Some inspirational ball handling and running put the home side in the ascendancy early on and only some indiscipline prevented them racking up a very hefty winning scoreline, writes MARTIN HUNT.
There were good individual performances from Neil Walker (making his 300th first team appearance for the club), Dave Holmes, Ross Housley, Damian Pearson, David Guegue and man-of-the-match Stuart Morton.
The game got off to a cracking start with the YM throwing the ball about and Scarborough having to put up a strong defence. Early pressure told and Dave Holmes kicked a penalty for offside.
YM continued to attack through the backs at every opportunity, but Scarborough looked dangerous on the break, and this in turn brought the best out YM's defence.
After 19 minutes YM stole the visitors' line-out and after a number of surging drives by the forwards, Simon Whitehead in particular making good use of his weight, the cover was drawn and stand-off Graeme Sarjeant made ground before feeding James Bracken who in turn off-loaded for centre Morton to cruise through a gap in the defence and score. Holmes converted.
Scarborough dug in and applied pressure through the forwards but the YM defence was up to the job and kept them out well.
The visitors were awarded a couple of kickable penalties after YM started to lose their shape, but each time Scarborough elected to run the ball and failed to score.
On 29 minutes Cowling brought the ball out of defence with a diagonal run before passing to Sarjeant. He fed Pearson who took it on well before throwing a pass out to Holmes in support, he quickly flipped the ball onto Morton who again found acres of space and sprinted for the line unopposed. Holmes added the extras.
Holmes and Guegue exchanged spells in the sin-bin as YM gave away a string of penalties, halting progress.
Scarborough took advantage of the amount of possession they were being handed by YM's indiscipline and early in the second half scored out wide through South African back rower Etanne Terblanche.
Several changes freshened up YM, and five mintues from time Holmes and Mava Iosefa combined well for the young Kiwi to finish off a beautifully worked try, Holmes tagging on the extra points to end the scoring.
It was a good result with some fine ball handling and running at times, but YM's indiscipline again let them down.
Word has obviously got around, and referees now come intent on pursuing a firm line with the club, and this unfortunately tends to have a knock on effect with the players at times believing they are being penalised out of the game, which in turn leads to frustration, and more of the same.
YMCA: Rees; Cowling, Dent (Iosefa 68mins), Holmes, Morton; Wolfe, Sarjeant; McSwiney, Guegue, Dobson, Pearson, Whitehead (Hannan 65mins), Housely (Anderson 72mins), Bracken, Walker.