High Expectations for the Sandhill Lane Boys
By Karen Ratcliffe
Impressive performance from Selby against a determined Scarborough team
This was the second time this season these sides had met and with Selby having won the previous encounter there were high expectations of the Sandhill Laners.
Selby kicked off and quickly mounted a promising attack, only to be thwarted by handling errors close to the Scarborough line. The first ten minutes of the half passed with no score, both teams struggling to retain possession in the greasy conditions, but it was Selby who broke the impasse with Jacob Gabel touching down the first try. From that point the home team started to dominate, gaining possession through effective tackling and rucking and quick, accurate passing and ball-handling in the backs. It wasn’t long before Selby winger Luke Fisher added a second try. Soon after Joe Ramsay danced through the opposition in his own half and then outstripped the chasing defenders from the half-way line to score, so establishing the pattern of the match. With three further first-half Selby tries from Henry Dennis, James Abbott and Noah Dobson the home team went into the half-time break with a very commanding lead.
The second half started in a similar vein with Selby’s Joseph Styrin battering through the defence and then passing out to Luke Fisher who powered down the right wing. To Scarborough’s credit they kept their heads up and were soon rewarded with their first try of the match but unfortunately for the visitors Selby quickly retaliated with further tries from Henry Dennis and Joe Ramsay, both converted by James Bramley. Scarborough kept pressing and were awarded a penalty try when one of their backs, chasing a very promising attacking kick, was unfairly held back. The away team added a further 7 points when one of their forwards went over the line from a well-worked series of rucks. Selby’s Joe Ramsey won a deserved hat-trick with the final try of the match, converted by Ollie Weston to seal a convincing win.
This was an impressive performance from Selby but much credit should be given to Scarborough who continued to battle for the full 80 minutes despite having to borrow players from the opposition squad.