THE largest crowd of the season at the Gannock, swelled by a huge number of travelling supporters, witnessed another high-scoring game - with visitors Scarborough scoring the bulk of the points in a 43-17 win.

The result sealed runners-up spot in North One East for the seasiders behind Morpeth, with home side Malton & Norton remaining ninth but safe from relegation.

The effects of a long, hard season were plain to see with strapping much in evidence on obviously tired, battle-scarred bodies.

Malton must now drag themselves to Cleckheaton on Saturday for their last game of the season.

It is a dead rubber for the Ryedale side but the home team need a result - a point should be enough - to stave off relegation, with Bridlington, who occupy the last demotion spot, four points behind going into the final weekend.

It has been an enthralling season for the mid-table teams and Brid, who host Pocklington, will be hoping Malt can help provide a dramatic final twist.

Scarborough began Saturday's North Yorkshire derby in blitzkrieg fashion - scoring four tries and three conversions in the opening 15 minutes to effectively secure victory early on.

The full-back scored the first two inside seven minutes, following up clever box kicks from his number nine, his electrifying pace enabling him to outrun Malton's sluggish defence.

Shellshocked and with the memory of last week's 78-29 try-athon defeat at Bradford & Bingley fresh in their minds, Malton watched on helplessly as two more touchdowns followed.

It says a lot for the character of Malton's squad that, despite losing young second-rower Charlie Read to injury, replaced by Tom Smith, the forwards, with skipper Sam Triffit to the fore, raised their game and got a foothold on proceedings.

They camped in the Scarborough half for the second quarter, albeit earning only a solitary try from the impressive Will Hughes to bring the score at half-time to 26-5.

Within six minutes of the restart, Jamie Rounthwaite pounced on a loose ball seven metres out, with his speed and agility taking him to the whitewash to cut the deficit further.

The glimmer of hope was quickly extinguished, however, as Scarborough's number seven scored his second try of the day and the full-back completed his hat-trick, all by the hour mark.

The full-back made it four for the after on 75 minutes to complete the Scarborough scoring.

Malton did not give up, however, and visiting the red zone late on, put on enough pressure for Rounthwaite to power over and earn his second try, this time converted by Tom Foan to bring to a close a fraught afternoon.

Meanwhile, Selby shocked Beverley 39-30 in a thriller to secure their survival in Yorkshire One.

Selby sit 10th and are now seven points above second-bottom Old Rishworthians, in 13th, with one game to go - away to 12th-placed Hullensians on Saturday.

Selby's try-scorers were Stephen Clark, Danny Wilkinson, James Robinson, Ashley Parkinson and, in stoppage time to seal the victory, Eddie Brown. Joshua Cruise added four conversions and two penalties.