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SCARBOROUGH LOSE TO OLD BRODS AT SILVER ROYD

28 Oct

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ACTION FROM SCARBOROUGH V OLD BRODLEIANS

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE

Report and pictures by Dave Campbell

Scarborough: 10

Try: Dennis 57min Conversion: Ratcliffe 57min Penalty: Harrison 67min

 

Old Brodleians: 15

Tries: Finn 7min Scrimshaw 22min Conversion Wood 22min Penalty Wood 45min

Referee: Mr Chris Binnie

Having made a great start to the season winning their first four games, Scarborough slid to their fifth defeat in six games with a lack-lustre performance against visitors Old Brodleians at a wind-swept and chilly Silver Royd.

Playing with a strong northerly wind behind them Scarborough kicked off and the strength of wind could be guessed at as ‘Brods’ flyhalf Danny Wood’s relieving kick was blown behind him and the Seasiders had the first lineout of the game. However, the home side were penalized for handling at a subsequent ruck and from the resulting lineout the visitors drove up-field and some flimsy defence saw a pass popped up to flanker Andy Finn who drove over for 5-0 in the 7th minute. Wood failed to convert.

Scarborough took the game to the visitors and a great break by fullback Graeme Jeffery took him deep into the Brods’ 22 only for the final pass to be spilled. Prop Luke Raines was proving a handful in the loose and he was unlucky to have been held up on a couple of occasions by some brave last-ditch defence. However for all their pressure it was Scarborough who conceded next when, from a lineout in their own 22 following a conceded penalty, a well executed catch-and-drive saw Brods No8 Luke Grimshaw driven over in the 22nd minute. Wood added the extras for 12-0.

Again Scarborough came back with verve however it was apparent that  a bout of ‘white line fever’ had set in when first flyhalf Tom Harrison looked for another pass with the line begging beneath the uprights, then Raines was again held up over the line and finally an overlap wide on the right was wasted by a mistimed pass and although Zbynec Schutz powered over,  the pass had been forward. Composure appeared to have gone and although it had been a poor half for the home side they could well have been ahead rather than trailing 0-12 at the break.

Playing into the wind Scarborough started the second half the brighter of the two teams and put together some good passages of play however their ball retention let them down and they struggled at the lineout. And when they infringed just inside their own 10 metre line Danny Wood nudged the visitors further ahead with the penalty in the 45th minute.

Scarborough struggled in the conditions and although they were looking to play an expansive game their ambition was often let down by their execution with dropped balls and passes going behind the intended receiver etc. However the intent was there and a good move out of defence by Jeffrey and prop Nino Cutino took skipper Phil Watson’s men fifty metres up-field before a knock-on ten metres out halted their progress. However the Seasiders got their reward in the 57th minute when a searing break by centre Tom Ratcliffe saw him release winger Corey Dennis who powered over to open the Scarborough account in the 57th minute. Ratcliffe converted to reduce the arrears to eight points at 15-7.

The fourth quarter was a case of Scarborough chasing a winner and a brave Old Brods defence with all hands to the pumps battling to keep them at bay; several probing Ratcliffe runs should have produced more whilst Dennis, Schutz (now at scrum-half) and Cutino looked dangerous. However as the game went into its final changes the home effort grew more and more frenetic and lacked composure. When ball was turned over Brod’s number ten Wood kicked deep. And the visitors had a chance to sew the game up in the later stages with a good move in the Scarborough 22; however the ball was lost and Jeffrey cleared his lines. A great run by Dennis in the closing seconds of the game could have rescued Scarborough, however the ball was lost at the death and Brods survived to record their third win of the season with a brave defensive display.

No one could fault Coach Jason Lowde’s charges for their ambition or effort in this game but it was their retention that too often let them down. The set pieces are still a problem and a tendency to sometimes panic with the line in sight still prevails. However they have scored 35 tries so far this season so it’s obviously only an intermittent problem. They did have the chance to get themselves on the scoreboard early in the game but spurned a couple of kickable penalties; perhaps better decision making could have won them the game; who knows? Alarmingly they have won only one game since mid September and they must rediscover the aggression in defence and at the breakdown that characterized their earlier performances this season if they are to at least maintain a mid-table berth.

Scarborough: Jeffrey Schutz Ratcliffe Young Dennis Harrison Rollinson Cutino Williams Raines Watson (capt) Hoggard Purdy Tite Warren Substitues Goodman Readman Stewart (all used)

Old Brodleians: Fowler Carter Towne Hoffam Briggs Wood Mallard Thompson Ogden Dawson Millward Scrimshaw (capt) Substitutes: McLaughlin Pradenas Smith

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WILSON AND PARKER MISS OLD BRODS CLASH

24 Oct

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JAXON TITE

Scarborough will be without the services of back row Ben Wilson and centre Billy Parker when they take on Halifax-based outfit Old Brodleians at Silver Royd on Saturday. Both players have been carrying injuries in the last couple of games but are having treatment and will be missing at the weekend. Aggressive loose forward Jaxon Tite deputises for Wilson while youngster Matty Young steps up from the bench to stand in for Parker. Young prop Tommy Goodman, second row Mikey Readman and utility back Phil Stewart, who returns from injury, are on the bench. 

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MATTY YOUNG SCORES AGAINST DRIFFIELD ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE SEASON

ALEX SHARP APPOINTED VIKINGS SKIPPER

24 Oct

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Alex Sharp has been appointed captain of Scarborough’s Vikings XV. Last year’s skipper Rob Hazledine is still recovering from a long term injury and Sharp a married 34 year old father of two boys (5 and 7 years old) has taken up the reins. Scarborough born, Alex played some rugby at school but only seriously got involved when he attended Manchester Met University between 1998 and 2001 playing for the university and Manchester RFC 2nds/3rds.  After graduation Alex stayed in the Manchester area and played some rugby at Didsbury and Astley rugby clubs before work commitments saw him stop playing in 2002. He returned to Scarborough in 2010 to work at Scarborough Hospital and took his eldest son along to Silver Royd for mini-rugby. Alex was very impressed by the setup and things progressed quickly; he started training and playing with the Danesmen and this season has moved up to the Vikings. Both sons now play mini-rugby and he coaches the under-8 team. He told me, “I love playing again and am very proud to have been asked to captain the Vikings this season; the team spirit, cohesion and most importantly continuity has been great with the senior teams training together and the credit has to go to Jason Lowde for that.” 

 

SCARBOROUGH 1ST XV SQUAD STATS WEF 20 OCTOBER 2012

21 Oct

YORKSHIRE DIVISION ONE

Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts Adjust
Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. 8 8 0 0 341 130 211 8 40 0
Wath Upon Dearne 8 7 0 1 263 100 163 5 33 0
Ilkley 8 6 0 2 246 168 78 9 33 0
Driffield 8 6 0 2 243 149 94 6 30 0
Bridlington 8 5 0 3 165 143 22 4 24 0
North Ribblesdale 8 5 0 3 186 198 -12 4 24 0
Scarborough 8 4 0 4 259 161 98 5 21 0
Pontefract 8 4 0 4 192 236 -44 4 20 0
York 8 3 0 5 203 168 35 4 16 0
Dinnington 8 2 0 6 135 205 -70 4 12 0
Old Brodleians 7 2 0 5 107 211 -104 3 11 0
Barnsley 8 2 0 6 145 244 -99 1 9 0
Heath 7 1 0 6 127 300 -173 3 7 0
Knottingley 8 0 0 8 115 314 -199 4 4 0

Last Updated: Oct 20 2012 5:07PM

SCORING STATS FOR SCARBOROUGH FIRST TEAM SQUAD

(CUP/LEAGUE) 2012-13

(WEF 20 OCT 2012)

NAME TRIES CONS PENS DROP-GOALS TOTAL POINTS
HARRISON 6 5 1 43
RATCLIFFE 6 16 20 122
JEFFREY 4 20
YOUNG 1 5
AUSTEN 1 5
CUTINO 4 20
WILSON 2 10
WILLIAMS 1 5
DENNIS 2 10
WHITE 2 10
SCHUTZ 1 5
RAINES 3 15

SCARBOROUGH GO DOWN AT NORTH RIBBLESDALE

21 Oct

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NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE 

Report by Dave Campbell

 

North Ribblesdale: 30 Tries: Davidson 6, 65min Dakin 30min Mitchell 70min Goals:  Bolland Conversons: 6, 30min Penalties: 18, 47min 

Scarborough: 23 Tries: Schutz 13min Ratcliffe 15min Raines 80min Goals:  Ratcliffe Conversion: 13min Penalties: 34, 67min 

Referee: Mr Richard Smith (West Yorkshire Society)      

 

Scarborough suffered their third successive defeat on the road but played their full part in an open exciting game in front of a sparse turnout at North Ribblesdale’s Grove Park ground. 

The Seasiders were under pressure in the early exchanges and were penalized for failing to release at the tackle. North Ribblesdale fly-half Steven Moon kicked the resulting penalty into the visitor’s 22 and the home side drove to the line from the catch-and-drive; Zbynec Schutz cleared for a short touch and from the lineout the ball was moved wide for wingman Will Davidson to scythe his way through a floundering defence to score in the 6th minute. Centre Simon Bolland added the extras for a 7-0 lead. And Bolland had a chance to stretch the lead two minutes later when the visitors infringed but just pushed his penalty attempt wide. 

Scarborough capitalized on that let off by running in a couple of tries in the space of two minutes; first a kick by fly-half Tom Harrison deep into the home 22 saw some great work by prop Nino Cutino set up centre Tom Ratcliffe who released winger Zbynec Schutz to power over in the 13th minute; Ratcliffe converted to level the scores at 7-7. Two minutes later a powerful run by open-side flanker Ben Wilson into home territory saw a chip through fumbled by North ‘Ribb’ fullback Rob Hayes. The predatory Ratcliffe was on him like a flash, recovered the ball and galloped over for a trademark opportunist try. He did however pull his conversion attempt wide but Scarborough led 12-7. 

A bullocking charge upfield by lock Charlie Hoggard took the visitors deep into home territory but turnover ball saw North Ribblesdale  drive upfield and when a visiting player strayed offside in front of his own posts, Bolland kicked the penalty to reduce the arrears to three points in the 18th minute. Scarborough turned up the heat in a period of fast handling rugby and should really have scored when winger Corey Dennis dropped the ball. North Ribblesdale came back strongly and put the visitors under pressure with some tight driving play and incisive running from South African centre Hugo Spires was striking at the heart of the Scarborough defence.  And when the ball was moved wide from an attacking lineout he sprinted over to score on the half hour. Bolland added the conversion for 17-12. Ratcliffe chipped in with a penalty in the 34th minute for 17-15 and a breathless first half ended without further score. 

Scarborough had ended the half on the attack and continued in the same vein after the break. However, under-pressure, Scarborough were penalized for coming in from the side and Bolland stretched the North Ribb lead to 20-15 in the 47th minute. There followed a twenty minute period where the game could have gone either way with both sides playing almost ‘Barbarian’ type rugby; Scarborough moving the ball at every opportunity with Schutz and Dennis in great form for skipper Phil Watson’s men. 

It appeared that the next side to score would win the game and it was Scarborough who blinked first as home centre Spires cut through their defence to release Davidson for his second try of the game in the 65th minute. Bolland failed to convert and Ratcliffe struck back with a penalty for the visitors two minutes later following great work by Dennis. Leading 25-18 North Ribblesdale looked to kill the game off and did just that in the 70th minute when Bolland waltzed through a flailing Scarborough defence to offload to wing Ben Mitchell for the clinching try at 30-18. The closing ten minutes play was very much like the preceding seventy with both sides playing expansive handling rugby and Scarborough grabbed a late try and a losing bonus point when prop Luke Raines crashed over from short range.

I’m sure a neutral would have absolutely loved this exiting but error strewn game in which both sides looked to play the brand of rugby that Scarborough coach Jason Lowde promised us at the start of the season. However the aggression at the breakdown and in defence which characterized their early performances this season has waned and they were undone by an incisive home midfield. However it was great to see the team’s youngsters in action and Sam Warren, Matty Young, Jake Rollinson, Tommy Goodman and Corey Dennis did well on an exciting but ultimately disappointing afternoon. 

Scarborough: Jeffrey Schutz Ratcliffe Parker Dennis Harrison Rollinson Cutino Williams Raines Watson (capt) Hoggard Purdy Wilson Warren Substitutes: Goodman Austen Young (all used) 

North Ribblesdale: Hayes Mitchell Spires Bolland Davidson Moon Fox Newhouse Stubbs Thwaite Boatwright Ingham Heap Dakin Kirkbride Substitutes: Lynn Stead R.Davidson

PICTURES BELOW SUBMITTED BY DAVE PRINCE

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RATCLIFFE RETURNS FOR NORTH RIBBLESDALE TRIP

17 Oct

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Scarborough welcome back Tom Ratcliffe for the visit to North Ribblesdale on Saturday; missing on a stag run last weekend (it is an amateur game after all) he slots back in at centre. Zbynec Schutz continues on the right wing with Tom Harrison who ran in a hat-trick of tries against Knottingley, continuing at flyhalf. Paul Taylor who sustained a knee injury last week is missing as is Phil Stewart who suffered a dead leg. Young Prop Tommy Goodman is front row substitute and is joined on the bench by Phil Austen and Matty Young.  The coach for North Ribblesdale leaves Silver Royd at 9.15am. As yet fixtures for the Vikings and Danesmen have not been announced but I will bring you any fixture news on this blog when it becomes known.

SCOTLAND SUNK ONCE AGAIN BY A DEFEAT ON THE ROAD,

16 Oct

Having failed  to subdue Wales on Friday evening, Scotland  were beaten 2-0 by Belgium this evening, Once again it looks like the end of the World Cup road for the hapless Jocks.  Again we sports fans born north of the border will have to get our vicarious thrills through the exploits of our friends from south of the border; COME ON ENGLAND! !

 

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