Archive | December, 2012


31 Dec




31 Dec




First up in 2013 is Saturday’s trip to Heath who have improved since they were trounced 79-10 at Silver Royd in September. Coach Jason Lowde’s charges ran in a total of twelve tries in the club’s biggest Yorkshire One win to date, including a hat-trick from Graeme Jeffrey. Graeme has been missing for a few weeks injured but could return to the squad on Saturday. Heath have won four out of their last five games, including a surprise 23-20 win at league-leaders Driffield on the 15th of December, bouncing back from a 57-14 home defeat by Huddersfield YMCA the previous week. The west Yorkshiremen will no doubt look to avenge their early season thumping at Silver Royd with a win on home soil on Saturday.


25 Dec



L-R Josh Bullen, Mike Holder (SRUFC DIRECTOR OF RUGBY), Harry Dommett and Matty Jones

Three of Scarborough’s former players from New Zealanders have returned to the town for a flying Christmas/New Year visit. Ex-fly-half Josh Bullen, brave man, has returned to tie the knot with fiancé Hannah early in the New Year, Matty Jones is home with wife Lucy and son Tyson and Harry Dommett returns to visit family with girlfriend Jenny. All three guys showed their continuing support for the club and travelled to Pontefract last Saturday for the Shield second round tie. Their encouragement and ‘advice’ from the windswept touchline of a remote pitch helped to spurn the side on to a win which sees them into the quarter-final of the competition. 


24 Dec




With other commitments and a tendency for we old beggers to bugger off on short holidays at the drop of a hat, I have been unable or too lazy to bring you much more than a report on Scarborough’s first team over the last couple of months. However we’re on the cusp of Christmas and this forced idleness will give me a chance to catch up. With the introduction of several youngsters to the side, the return of ‘Faz’ and the run up to the Six Nations I’ve plenty to write about so I’ll start tomorrow……………I promise!


23 Dec





Report by Dave Campbell




The main pitch at Pontefract was waterlogged and the game was moved to a remote paddock on the edge of the club’s Moor Lane headquarters.  However Scarborough continued to have the Indian sign over their opponents who slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat at the hand of the Seasiders who moved into the quarter-final of the Yorkshire Challenge Shield.


Scarborough dominated the opening exchanges and camped deep in home territory thanks to some penetrative running from front-rowers Luke Raines and Nino Cutino ably assisted by centre Craig Farrell; they repeatedly got over the gain line but failed to capitalize on their pressure. However they did win a couple of early penalties which Tom Ratcliffe was unsuccessful with before the big centre landed a sweetly struck effort 27 meters out on the Scarborough left for a 3-0 lead in the 16th minute. The score was a wake-up call for the west Yorkshiremen who levelled four minutes later when the visitors infringed 30 metres out and fly-half Jamie Benn made it 3-3 with the kick.


Going into the second quarter Scarborough continued to look the more organized of the two sides and looked dangerous in possession especially when they moved the ball wide to their young wingers Matt Lucas and Matty Young. However when the opening try of the game came it was through the middle with Farrell going on a powerful diagonal run to the line before popping a slick pass to Ratcliffe who went over for his eleventh try of the season in the 25th minute. The big centre added the extras for 10-3.


Once again the Seasiders’ lead was short lived; having won a lineout just inside their own 22 they conceded turnover ball to ‘Ponte’ who moved the ball swiftly right to left infield for centre Matthew Bacon to score in the 27th minute. Benn converted for 10-10.


Having started well Scarborough’s lineout started stuttering and in the greasy conditions they struggled for possession from this source; however their offensive play at the breakdown unsettled the Pontefract midfield and when the west Yorkshiremen lost possession just inside their own half a kick through by Scarborough fly-half Phil Stewart turned the home defence. No8 Sam Warren and Pontefract wing Richard Dedicoat raced to get the touch; neither quite made it and wing Matty Young following up, touched down for his side’s second try in the 36th minute. Ratcliffe converted for a 17-10 Scarborough halftime lead.


Even with the rain abating, the deteriorating light and greasy playing surface made for a game which was pretty much stalemated in the middle of the park. Scarborough could have extended their lead seven minutes after the break when a powerful run by Farrell released Young who powered up the left touchline only to be tackled inches from the line. However referee Richard Smith brought play back for a penalty as a Ponte player had infringed in the lead-up play and Ratcliffe kicked the difficult penalty from wide on Scarborough’s left to stretch the lead to 20-10 in the 49th minute.


Pontefract then had their best period of the match using their pack to execute some powerful driving mauls which really used the prevailing underfoot conditions. However the visitors defended doggedly with Cutino, Raines, Warren and particularly flanker Chris Purdy to the fore. Behind them Tom Harrison, Matty Young, Craig Farrell and halfbacks Stewart and Jake Rollison also played their part. Having tried a couple of catch-and-drives from penalties, Pontefract kicked for goal the next time the visitors infringed and Benn reduced the arrears to seven points with a penalty on the hour.


Scarborough wrestled back the initiative in the fourth quarter using what possession they had and Farrell, Raines, Cutino and Young all went close. A Ratcliffe penalty rebounded from an upright and a long distance penalty attempt from Harrison just shaved the post. It was touch and go ‘til the end but a determined Scarborough side prevailed in the gathering gloom to win the game and earn a home tie with in-form Dinnington in the New Year.


In a ‘muck and nettles’ game Pontefract probably had the Lion’s share of the territorial possession but the Seasiders looked organized throughout. Both sides asked no quarter on an afternoon not for the fainthearted. For a Scarborough side which grafted for each other, Craig Farrell had a great day in attack and defence in the midfield with young winger Matty Young improving every week; he could easily have had another try to add to his first half touchdown and he put in at least two try-saving tackles. In the forwards, front-rowers Tom Fish, Luke Raines and Nino Cutino excelled with Chris Purdy making the hard yards and outstanding in defence.


Referee: Mr Richard Smith


Scarborough: Harrison Lucas Ratcliffe Farrell Young Stewart Rollinson Cutino Raines Fish Watson (Capt) Readman Purdy Hoggard Warren Substitutes: Goodman Dean Ingham Renwick (all used)


Pontefract: Boyd Dedicoat Bacon Sant Spears(Capt) Benn Hargreaves Griffin Smith Parry Fenton Williams Fradgley Perkins Smith Substitutes: Taylor Fletcher Dean




18 Dec

Report by Dave Campbell


Scarborough: 21    Barnsley 15


Scarborough made a positive start to their Yorkshire One game with relegation-haunted Barnsley at Silver Royd scoring a well-worked try in the first ten minutes; however a first half injury to in-form fly-half Phil Stewart saw an already injury-hit Seasiders loose the initiative for a while to a battling Barnsley side. However skipper Phil Watson’s men stuck doggedly to their task and ground out a win which sees them regain the ground they lost in Yorkshire One with last week’s defeat at York.


Coach Jason Lowde’s men looked the more dynamic of the protagonists in the early exchanges with centre Craig Farrell in his first outing of the season, applying the afterburners to split the visiting mid-field on several occasions and drive deep into Barnsley territory. With Tom Ratcliffe unavailable, Tom Harrison assumed kicking duties for the home side; however his first penalty attempt in the 5th minute was off target. Farrell continued to cause panic in the visiting defence and when a surging run from deep took him to the Barnsley line; flanker Chris Purdy was on hand to finish off the move in the 11th minute. Harrison added the extras for 7-0.


Barnsley missed a chance to strike back just a couple of minutes later when Scarborough drifted offside on their own 22 in front of the posts. However wing Greg Colbridge missed the kick and Scarborough continued to press in the Barnsley’s final third of the field; surging breaks by Prop Nino Cutino, hooker Luke Raines and Farrell were breaching the Barnsley defensive line with regularity and only a lack of composure and some spirited defending kept the south Yorkshiremen’s line intact. However when a great break by Farrell was stopped by a high tackle from visiting number eight Dave Reed, Harrison kicked the long distance penalty for a 10-0 lead in the 29th minute.


The Seasiders should have increased their lead in the 38th minute when Cutino drove to the line from an attacking lineout but the ball was lost on the ground and the visitors got out of jail. This heralded a period of Barnsley pressure deep in the home 22 and when Farrell was caught offside in front of his own posts, Colbridge reduced the arrears to seven points with the kick on the stroke of half-time.


Leading 10-3, Scarborough made a good start to the second half with Raines disrupting Barnsley with his line-breaking, bustling runs; however the aggressive front-rower fell foul of referee Rob Staines in the 49th minute when he showed dissent at one of his decisions and Colbridge, who was now in the kicking groove, landed the long penalty with apparent ease to reduce the arrears to four points at 10-6. The operator barely had time to change the scoreboard when 90 seconds later the visitors were dispossessed in midfield and an exquisitely timed chip along the right touchline by Harrison saw young winger Matt Lucas sprint past a floundering Barnsley wide defence to gather and dive in for a classy score.  Harrison shaved the upright with his conversion attempt.

With Billy Parker at fly-half for the injured Phil Stewart and Ian Williams and Mikey Readman on for Tom Fish and Charlie Hoggard Scarborough leading 15-6, had plenty of defending to do but thanks to some great close-work quarter by Farrell, Raines, Cutino, Sam Warren and Chris Purdy much of this was done in the middle third of the park. However when Warren foolishly kicked the ball away in frustration after a refereeing decision, Mr Staines awarded the visitors a penalty and  Colbridge did the  business to bring the score back to 15-9 on the hour.


The fourth quarter of the game saw a rash of penalties; Harrison stretched the home side’s lead to 18-9 in the 62nd minute when the visitors were penalized offside just outside their own 22, Colbridge missed a kick when Cutino was penalized for playing the ball whilst off his feet in the 67th minute then Harrison appeared to have sewn the game up with a penalty for 21-9 with four minutes remaining. However the south Yorkshiremen applied the pressure in the dying minutes of the contest and penalties from Colbridge in the 77th and 80th minutes earned his side a losing bonus point.


With a little more composure Scarborough could have been out of sight by half-time as their dynamic early efforts had Barnsley under the cosh. Looking to run everything early on, the Seasiders were a handful; but after the departure of Stewart they lost their shape and appeared to funnel their efforts through the middle and looked predictable in their offensive efforts. The south Yorkshiremen stuck to their task after the break but at no time did they get their noses in front or seriously looked like scoring a try. Craig Farrell in his first game this season made a great start and with more game time will be even more effective. Pick of the forwards were the veteran Tom Fish, Cutino, Raines and Purdy with Harrison, Young, Lucas, Stewart and the hard-working Zybnec Schutz pick of the backs.


Scarborough: Harrison Young Farrell Parker Lucas Stewart Schutz Cutino Raines Fish Watson (capt) Hoggard Purdy Warren Austen Substitutes: Williams Readman Renwick


Barnsley: Appleyard Simpson Buckingham Gaunt Francis J.Smith Cheetham Hatfield Wood Norris Harris Robinson Reed (capt) Substitutes: Iles A.Smith Wilson





10 Dec




Report by Dave Campbell


Scarborough’s inconsistency this season continued with this lack-lustre performance at Clifton Park where having conceded a first minute try then led at the break, they conceded three second half tries to slide to a 27-13 defeat. They were however disrupted before a ball was kicked when they lost the services of wing Corey Dennis, hooker Luke Raines and Tom Harrison who failed a late fitness tests. Matt Lucas, Ian Williams and Sam Warren deputized.


Scarborough made a hash of York’s kick-off and were immediately in trouble as the Minister-men secured possession and moved the ball cross-field; a series of rucks on the visitors line proved fruitful and fullback Alex Dixon dived in wide on the right to open the scoring with only 80 seconds on the clock. Scrum-half Sam Hargreaves failed to convert 

A shocked Scarborough side came straight back and a series of lineouts in the home 22 should have produced more. The game at this stage was played out in midfield with both defences in charge with prop Nino Cutino and flankers Chris Purdy and Sinako Dunywa excelling for the visitors. However Scarborough got onto the front foot when Tom Ratcliffe gathered his own beautifully judged chip through and outsprinted the York defence to score between the uprights in the 15th minute. The big centre added the extras for a 7-5 lead. 

A minute later centre Alex Renwick intercepted a loose pass in mid-field and sprinted off for the York line for what looked like a certain Scarborough try. However the youngster appeared to run out of steam with the line in sight and managed to miss his support and the chance had gone. However when Ratcliffe was injured in the action leading up to a York infringement, fly-half Phil Stewart kicked the penalty in the 18th minute for 10-5. 

The second quarter of the game saw much of the action in the visitor’s half with scrum-half Hargreaves and wing Billy Cakaunitabua getting in the mix; however the Scarborough defence was up to the job and when Ratcliffe kicked a penalty in the 40th minute it looked as if the visitors would go the break with a handy 13-5 lead. However York drove afield in time added on for injury at the end of the half and centre Sam Potrykus drove through some indifferent defence to reduce the arrears to three points at the break.

With their back division reshuffled after the interval when fullback Graeme Jeffrey left the field injured, Scarborough took the game to York but couldn’t find the penetration that would bring them a second try. And when they lost possession metres from the home line Cakaunitabua slipped a couple of tackles and set off on a jinking run that saw him thread through almost the entire Scarborough side before releasing wing Gareth Singleton who scampered over in the 52nd minute. Hargreaves missed the conversion but York edged 15-13 ahead. 

Scarborough’s poor work at the re-start saw York regain possession and they spent the next five minutes deep in the visitor’s 22 before prop Dan Hepworth crashed over for 20-13 in the 57th minutes. Once again the Minster-men failed to convert.


The Seasiders lost the services of Chris Purdy on the hour when he was sin-binned for failing to roll away after a tackle and their fourteen men struggled in the fourth quarter particularly their inexperienced back three. However heads never went down and a bullocking run by No8 Phil Austen took them deep into home territory; however they failed to retain possession and when the ball was moved to halfway, some indifferent tackling saw York flanker Joe Maud power up the right flank, cut in and score between the posts in the 67th minute. Hargreaves converted for 27-13. 

Scarborough’s Nino Cutino was then sin-binned for taking his frustration out on an advertising hoarding behind the goal and the visitors played all but the last two minutes of the game with fourteen men. 

That York deserved their five try to one victory there is no doubt but it has to be said that Scarborough were disrupted by late personnel changes and injury. The York pack had the upper hand in the tight and for much of the time in the loose; however Scarborough’s work at the breakdown was frustrated by some strange decisions by the ex-rugby league referee. Pick of the forwards were Cutino and Dunywa whilst behind them hard-working Zbynec Schutz and Ratcliffe took the plaudits. However they were second best on the day and will look to put this result, which saw them slip two places in the league, behind them.


Scarborough: Jeffrey Young Ratcliffe Renwick Lucas Stewart Schutz Cutino Williams Drayton Watson (c) Readman Purdy Dunywa Austen Subs: Warren Hoggard Goodman 

York: Nixon Cakaunitabua Bradshaw Potrkus Singleton Kirker Hargreaves Rutherford Sterling Hepworth Fox (c) Kerr Hannibal Enslin Maud


8 Dec




A much re-shuffled Scarborough side went down 27-13 at Clifton Park, York today. They conceded an opening minute try but came back with a Tom Ratcliffe touchdown and led 13-10 at the break. A lack-lustre second half performance from skipper Phil Watson’s men saw York run three tries to bring their total to five for the game. It was a good job they never had a kicker or their margin of victory would have been greater!



7 Dec




Tom Harrison, Charlie Hoggard, and Ian Williams return to the Scarborough first team squad for tomorrow’s visit to Clifton Park to take on York in a game swapped from Silver Royd. Tom and Charlie are returning from injury and Ian returns after being sent off for retaliation in the 35-5 defeat of Pontefract at Silver Royd; all three start on the bench. Scarborough should travel with confidence, their thrilling last-gasp 22-18 win at Wath two weeks ago still fresh in their minds. The squad had a chance to restore their batteries last weekend when they enjoyed a free Saturday. Both sides are on 31 points in Yorkshire One but the skipper Phil Watson’s men are above the Minster-men with a superior points difference (same as goal difference in football); both sides have won six and lost six. The men from Clifton Park come off a run of three consecutive wins, all against sides below them in the league, their last outing saw them record a 23-12 home win over Pontefract. Coach Jason Lowde has included a clutch of young players who have progressed through the Scarborough ranks this season and they have acquitted themselves well so far. A great display in south Yorkshire two weeks ago included a try from debutant centre Alex Renwick who starts in the centre tomorrow. Ben Wilson is still injured and Phil Austen plays in the back row whilst Corey Dennis returns on the wing with Graeme Jeffrey at fullback. 


1 Dec




I’ve just returned home from Scarborough Rugby club where I watched England thrash the All Blacks. With the Danesmen-Malton game called off, I could get in out of the cold and watch the international. What a revelation Stuart Lancaster’s team were: they never gave the New Zealanders a sniff in a tight first half, turning round 12-0 ahead thanks to the boot of Owen Farrell. A Farrell penalty just after the break stretched the lead to 15-0 and the men in white were cruising. They  appeared rattled however when skipper Richie McCaw’s  men ran in a couple of tries aided by some poor England tackling and with the conversions coming from fly-half Dan Carter, the visitor’s trailed by only a point at 15-14. There was great trepidation in the club room but to everyone’s delight, England bounced back blitzing the visitors with three consecutive tries.  A late try for the All Black’s gave the score-line some respectability before a magnificent rearguard action prevented them from reducing the deficit further. Twickenham went wild celebrating a magnificent 38-21 victory but Messrs  Edwards and Canham were nowhere to be found! With 20 consecutive wins behind them, they are still a great All Black’s side but not invincible. On the other side of the coin, one swallow does not a summer make; however it was one of the great England victories.


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