Archive | October, 2012


28 Oct




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


24 Oct



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. 




24 Oct



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.” 



21 Oct


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


(CUP/LEAGUE) 2012-13

(WEF 20 OCT 2012)

HARRISON 6 5 1 43
RATCLIFFE 6 16 20 122
WHITE 2 10


21 Oct




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












17 Oct



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.


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! !



16 Oct



With the Scarborough Evening News now a weekly paper with a  media ‘platform neutral’ policy the job of bringing the club’s news and reports to the Scarborough public has changed radically since I was gently introduced to the job by the late much lamented Ken Dix in the early eighties.  Ken, who died earlier this year, was a good friend to Scarborough RUFC and even when he had retired from his journalistic life he would always stop me in the street enquiring after the club, its players and our future.  At the start I used to pass updates by phone to the Hull Daily Mail known as the ‘Green ‘un’ down there and Ken gave me the run down on how it was done with punctuation and capitals etc verbally passed to the news desk over the phone and we’d have a report on the Scarborough match on the street around six-o-clock on a Saturday evening. Although interest in the club waned for the green ‘un I carried on producing a report for Monday’s Evening News typing up the copy on my wife’s old Olivetti and then jogging from my home in Newby to Aberdeen Walk to deliver it (I was a runner in those days!) on a Sunday afternoon; no backspace or delete key, just a quick dab of Tippex!  The nineties were the early days of personal computers   but the gubbins I had was no more than a word processor with the copy still being manually delivered to the Evening News! Things have evolved since then and now everything is computer-based and much easier to do. Since the paper is frugal at times with their supply of photographers I supply pictures of our games and write a report, that’s where my partner in crime Dave Prince comes in; Dave sits in the stand and takes notes on the game and at the end hands them over to me. I also take notes particularly the times of scores and scorers; however I patrol behind the goal we are attacking to hopefully get some images of the masses of tries we score every week! Saturday evening the photos are downloaded and an initial truncated report written for and emailed to the Scarborough News for the website and iPad app. This report can be on the web as early as Saturday evening but will definitely be on my own website on Sunday and for copyright reasons on the club website on Monday.  My column ‘From the Touchline’ and a comprehensive match report are in the paper on a Thursday. The sports editor tells me that space is short in the sports section and as a consequence my column and Tom Harrison’s youth news is now squeezed on to one page. Mind you the paper still weighs a ton!  The deadline for the report is around lunchtime on a Sunday and for my column it’s 10am on a Monday. However I can get anything that’s newsworthy onto the paper’s website and iPad very quickly if necessary. So there you have it; the life of an OAP local rugby reporter and that’s for approximately 40 weeks a year and I’ve been doing it since 1979. Apart from the Scarborough News I also give score up-dates during our games on Yorkshire Coast Radio by text and file a report by phone to BBC Radio York and Snowden’s Sport Editorial news agency for the Yorkshire Post. So the next time you see a howler in the report or in my column put it down to the pressure of being a busy club PRO and Cyber Grandad!


16 Oct




This is in essence a rugby site but as you will know I’m also a big fan of all sports especially football and cricket. However this evening’s goings on in Warsaw really brings football into disrepute; how the bloody hell can a national set-up make such a cock up as they did this evening?  This evening’s rain had been forecast for at least three days and the powers that be had plenty of time to close the roof in the stadium that hosted the game. Like a tw.t I enjoyed my evening meal and settled down to watch the match.Once again the lugubrious countenance of Adrian Childes failed  to placate my feelings of deep disappointment and I leapt on here to make my feelings felt.  Ain’t it great to watch one’s sport at a venue like Silver Royd without disappointment?


14 Oct




Report and pictures by Dave Campbell

Scarborough: 48

Tries: Dennis 6min, Raines 22min, Harrison 34 60 75min, Cutino 56 65min,Penalty Try 50min Goals: Conversions; Harrison 34 50 65 75min


Knottingley: 11

Try: Brown 80min Goals: Penalties: Rocket 2 40mins

Referee: Mr Colin Tovey

Scarborough bounced back from recent disappointments to run in eight tries in the convincing 48-11 defeat of Knottingley at Silver Royd.

With leading points scorer Tom Ratcliffe missing, the Seasiders drafted in Zbynek Schutz on the right wing, with Phil Stewart coming in for Ratcliffe in the centre and Graeme Jeffrey and Tom Harrison at fullback and flyhalf respectively. And from the start the back division looked potent; left wing Corey Dennis almost slipped through on the left flank before being hauled back by a suspiciously high tackle that went unpunished. However, when Scarborough strayed offside just inside their own half in the 2nd minute, visiting fly-half Steve Rocket nudged his side 3-0 ahead with his long distance effort.

Great work with the home forwards and backs combining saw prop Nino Cutino make a break to take his side into the visitor’s 22 before the ball was recycled for Dennis to outstrip the Knottingley wide defence and sprint over in the 6th minute. Harrison just shaved the upright with his touchline conversion attempt but Scarborough led 5-3. Skipper Phil Watson’s men looked to move the ball at every opportunity but at this point in the game their ambition was not matched by their execution. However great penetrative running from Jeffrey and particularly Harrison was getting across the gain line; and when good work by Jeffrey and Schutz on Scarborough’s right flank took play into the visitors’ 22 and Cutino was halted short of the line; fellow prop Luke Raines up in support muscled over for the second try of the game in the 22nd minute. Harrison failed to convert but Scarborough led 10-3.

The men from Silver Royd were well on top and should have scored in the 27th minute but Cutino dropped the ball with the line at his mercy; however it was only a pleasure delayed for the Silver Royd faithful as Harrison got the touch on a kick through and added the extras from the touchline for a 17-3 lead in the 34th minute. Knottingley nearly hauled a score back when ex-Morley skipper Craig Field brushed aside a posse of Scarborough tacklers before eventually being dragged down on the home 22. However a Scarborough infringement saw Rocket reduce the arrears to eleven points on the stroke of half time.

If Lowde’s charges appeared to have lost some of their early season dynamism in the first forty minutes they certainly found it after the break; when leading 17-6, they looked to attack from all over the paddock and great runs by Harrison, Cutino, Chris Purdy, Ben Wilson and Corey Dennis started to prise open the visitor’s defence. Forward pressure on the Knottingley line in the 50th minute saw a visiting pack in disarray concede a penalty try as they were driven back over their own line. Harrison converted from in front of the posts for 24-6.

Slick Scarborough handling then saw a procession of tries with three touchdowns in nine minutes; first Cutino drove over in the 56th minute following a run by Jeffrey which led to an attacking scrum; then Harris pounced onto a loose ball to gallop over in the corner on the hour, before a great build-up Jeffrey, Harrison and Dennis took play into the visitors’ 22 where they infringed. From the resulting penalty then catch-and-drive, Cutino drove over for his second try of the match in the 65th minute. Harrison’s conversion brought the score to 41-6. The introduction of Matty Young added pace to an already fizzing back line and the youngster had another promising game in a Scarborough shirt.

The Seasiders hadn’t finished yet and some great handling between forwards and backs took play deep into Knottingley territory where Harrison broke a tackle, chipped a deft kick off the edge of his boot and outstripped a wrong-footed defence to get the touch for his hat-trick. He added the extras for 48-6. The visitors never gave up the ghost and following an extended period on the Scarborough line they got a consolation try when Rocket saw a gap and released left wing Keith Brown to score in the corner. Rocket’s unsuccessful conversion attempt was the last kick of the match.

Coach Jason Lowde will have taken many positives from this performance; three first half tries when the side were struggling for fluency were followed by a further five after the break when they certainly found it. Three of those tries came from a live-wire Tom Harrison who had been moved to familiar territory at number ten for this game. Returning from South Africa Nino Cutino was pick of the forwards and grabbed a couple of tries whilst skipper Phil Watson had a great ‘go forward’ game. And on a different tack, the Scarborough front row were excessively penalized by Mr Tovey who as far as I could see totally misread what was happening at the set scrums as the visiting prop kept taking the scrum down due to pressure from Luke Raines.

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

Scarborough News Man-of-the-Match: Tom Harrison.

Restored to fly-half, Tom Harrison turned in an all action display. A mix of slick handling, incisive running and kicking from hand kept his line moving all afternoon and he topped off a great performance running in a hat-trick of tries.


(WEF 13 OCT 2012)

Team P W D L F A Diff B Pts Pts  
Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. 7 7 0 0 288 127 161 7 35
Ilkley 7 6 0 1 219 136 83 7 31
Wath Upon Dearne 7 6 0 1 243 83 160 5 29
Driffield 7 5 0 2 200 122 78 5 25
Bridlington 7 5 0 2 148 123 25 3 23
Scarborough 7 4 0 3 236 131 105 4 20
North Ribblesdale 7 4 0 3 156 175 -19 3 19
Pontefract 7 3 0 4 160 209 -49 3 15
Dinnington 7 2 0 5 132 152 -20  4 12
York 7 2 0 5 146 151 -5 3 11
Barnsley 7 2 0 5 118 201 -83 1 9
Heath 6 1 0 5 110 243 -133 3 7
Old Brodleians 6 1 0 5 79 211 -132 2 6
Knottingley 7 0 0 7 115 286 -171 4 4

Last Updated: Oct 13 2012 5:10PM







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