Archive | February, 2013


26 Feb




Report by Dave Campbell


Scarborough: 31   Dinnington 13


Referee: Mr  Jonathon Hill (Malton)                                                     


Early pressure saw skipper Phil Watson’s men awarded a penalty on the visitors ten metre line in the 2ndminute but Tom Ratcliffe was just short with his kick; however the big centre made amends five minutes later when Scarborough won clean possession from their put-in at a scrum just outside their 22; the ball was moved left to right, through three pairs of hands for the club’s leading scorer to spot a gap and gallop off towards halfway. Slick inter-passing with winger Graeme Jeffrey saw the dual-code midfielder rip through some flimsy wide defence for his 15th try of the season before adding the extras for a 7-0 lead. 


Dinnington came straight back from the re-start and looked dangerous with some cohesive driving through their forwards. Scarborough defended well and Nino Cutino who had switched to open-side flanker to replace the injured Chris Purdy was doing some terrific work at the breakdown. However, a move by the visitors down their right flank between the Scarborough ten and 22 metre lines saw fly-half Johnnie West power over in the 12th minute and added the extras to level the scores at 7-7. Fly-half Johnny West added the extras to level the scores at 7-7. Craig Farrell then joined the fray when Paul White limped off in the 16th minute.


The second quarter saw entertaining rugby played by both sides and only white line fever kept both lines intact. Scarborough looked dangerous every time they tested the visitors’ wide defence and when a ruck just outside the Dinnington 22 provided clean ball, good work by scrum-half Zbynec Schutz and fly-half Phil Stewart saw fullback Tom Harrison, up in support, dance over to touch down in the 26th minute. Ratcliffe converted for a 17-7 home lead. The visitors reduced the arrears a minute later when West struck a long-distance penalty goal to cut the arrears to four points at 14-10.


With the experienced Farrell running the show and Harrison moved up to flyhalf for Stewart, Scarborough began to dominate and when skipper Watson brushed aside some flailing tackles wide on the right in the visitors’ 22, the ball was moved wide through hands to the opposite flank where Harrison joined the line to score in the 34th minute. Ratcliffe was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt. West rounded off the half with a penalty in the 39th minute and Scarborough led 19-13 at the break.


Coach Jason Lowde’s charges dominated the third quarter of the game and some slick handling from wing Corey Dennis, Harrison, Farrell and Matty Young augmented by some powerful running from Graeme Jeffrey, No8 Phil Austen and flanker Nino Cutino kept the visiting defence busy. A little more composure when they got within striking distance would surely have resulted in further tries. As it was the Seasiders were unsuccessful with penalty attempts from Ratcliffe and Harrison in the 40th and 57th minutes respectively and were hunting for a fourth try for a bonus point as the game went into the final quarter.


Dinnington had trouble escaping their own half for almost the entire second forty minutes and defended in or around their 22. Great work from Dennis, Ratcliffe, Austen and Schutz released Farrell ten metres in field on the visitors 22 and the former Rugby League star purposefully powered over to stretch the lead to 24-13 in the 62nd minute. Harrison’s conversion attempt drifted past the right post.


With their tails up and Jason Lowde on as a substitute, Scarborough turned the screw and when Farrell made some hard yards wide on the left; he released Corey Dennis to surge over for a richly deserved try. Harrison added the icing for 31-13 with five minutes remaining. The visitors did break the shackles in the dying minutes of the game and got out of their own half but good defence from Farrell, Dennis and Schutz snuffed out the danger.


Scarborough showed real character to bounce back in such fashion from disappointing performances in the last few weeks. The forwards competed well in the tight where they dominated for much of the game and in the loose where their dynamic approach was reminiscent of the early games this season. Craig Farrell was the pick of the backs whose five tries were just reward for an enterprising performance. Up front, the lineout worked well and it was good to see ex skipper Nick Ingham back in the engine room with Phil Watson; Phil Austen had a good day at the office with Nino Cutino and Chris Sutton in the back row.


Scarborough: Harrison Jeffrey Ratcliffe White Dennis Stewart Schutz Goodman Williams Fish Ingham Watson Cutino Sutton Austen Substitutes: Young Lowde Farrell







24 Feb



Had one of big Al’s regular breakfasts at the J.M. Guthrie this morning………….absolutely delicious and great value for money. 


24 Feb
Tom Harrison scored two tries in 31-13 defeat of Dinnington

Tom Harrison scored two tries in 31-13 defeat of Dinnington

Scarborough bounced back from last week’s 30-25 defeat at the hands of North Ribblesdale by beating visitors Dinnington 31-13 at Silver Royd this afternoon. Tries from Tom Ratcliffe, Tom Harrison (2), Craig Farrell and Corey Dennis saw the Seasiders grab a bonus point to move up to sixth in Yorkshire One. Full report will follow.


20 Feb




Paul White who came on as a sub against North Ribblesdale starts in the centre for Saturday’s game with Dinnington at Silver Royd. Tommy Goodman starts in the front row with Luke Raines and Ian Williams. Former skipper Nick Ingham joints his successor Phil Watson in the engine room with Nino Cutino moving to 7 for the injured Chris Purdy. Tom Fish, Matty Young and Rob Sutton are on the bench.






18 Feb



Scarborough Rugby Club played host to the England Woman’s Divisional championship for the first time on Sunday. Peerless weather and a slight overnight frost ensured optimum conditions for rugby and games between the Northern Division and Midlands at under-15 and under-18 levels kicked-off at noon. The Midlands had the upper hand in both games  with a 22-5 win for their under-15s on pitch three and 22-12 at under-18 level on the main Silver Royd paddock. Local girl Zoe Aldcroft played on the right wing for the North in the under-18 game but couldn’t get on to the score-sheet as her forwards were under the cosh for a much of the game. However she had her moments in defence and was only dragged down short of the line by three defenders (see picture above) in the second half. The main event of the day, the senior clash saw The North race to an early 19-0 lead. However the Midlanders rallied and a hugely entertaining game was provided for a big Silver Royd turnout with the North running out convincing 41-7 winners. The event which was very successful will have advanced Scarborough’s reputation as a prime venue for representative rugby.



18 Feb




Scarborough: 25    North Ribblesdale 30


Referee: Mr Rob Staines 


A dismal performance in front of a big Silver Royd turnout saw Scarborough slip to their first home defeat in almost four months. With only one win in 2013 the Seasiders struggled to bring shape to a fragmented performance and were undone by a committed North Ribblesdale side which grafted throughout and just about deserved their first win of the year.


North Ribblesdale had the upper hand in the early exchanges and Scarborough put themselves under pressure with poor ball retention; however when the visitors infringed at a scrum and Scarborough set up a catch and drive from the penalty, flanker Chris Purdy was driven over for the first try of the match. Centre Tom Ratcliffe pulled his conversion attempt but Scarborough were 5-0 up somewhat against the run of play after nine minutes.


The visitors turned the screw from the restart and dominated the set scrums where the home eight struggled. Scarborough conceded three consecutive penalties just outside their own 22 in the 11th, 13th and 20th minutes; visiting fullback Robbie Davidson shaved the upright with the first but made no mistake with the second and third and North Ribb led 6-5 with a quarter of the game gone. Flanker Sam Warren was sin-binned after the second infringement for hands in a ruck and referee Rob Staines had words with Scarborough skipper Phil Watson about his side’s repeated infringement in this area of the game.


The second quarter was tale of poor ball retention and handling from both sides and a scrappy and error-strewn twenty minutes concluded with an exchange of penalties between Ratcliffe and Davidson in the 37th and 40th minutes and ‘Ribb’ led 9-8 at the break.


Kicking off at the start of the second half Scarborough put together their best passage of play of the afternoon and scored within 30 second of the restart. The kick was gathered and moved right for Graeme Jeffrey to power up the touchline releasing prop Nino Cutino to blast through four defenders and burrow over to score. Ratcliffe added the extras for a 15-9 lead.


North Ribblesdale’s cohesive forward pack began exerting pressure on the creaking home scrum who conceded a string of penalties to a point where they had to defend an attacking set scrum in their own 22; the visitors drove to the line; a defender kicked the ball out of the scrum and Mr Staines awarded a penalty try which fullback Davidson converted for a 16-15 Ribb lead in the 52nd minute.


The poor handling which had characterized Scarborough’s afternoon led to North Ribb’s next try which came on the hour; a spilled ball on the home ten metre line saw the visitors drive into the home 22 where flyhalf Steve Moon brushed aside some flimsy defence to score. Davidson added the extras for 23-15. Although they struggled, the commitment of the Scarborough eight was never in doubt and from a retreating attacking scrum ten metres out, No8 Phil Austen drove off the base and Cutino was on his shoulder to power over in the 63rd minute. Ratcliffe reduced the arrears to a single point with his conversion at 22-23. Scarborough then lost the services of back row Chris Purdy their outstanding player and main source of lineout possession, with a knee injury.


Skipper Phil Watson’s men looked dangerous when Corey Dennis was in possession but too often the young wing ran down blind alleys and the threat fizzled out. Hooker Luke Raines once more was everywhere in the loose and was also a real threat. However it was the visiting pack calling the shots and a great scrum in front of the Scarborough posts looked as if it would bring the clinching score. However they were penalized and then moved ten metres back for backchat to Mr Staines.  However the clinching score was only delayed as a telegraphed looping bass from Tom Harrison in midfield was intercepted by Ribb centre Will Davidson who sprinted off and grounded between the uprights. Brother Robbie converted for 30-22 in the 75th minute.


North Ribblesdale re-shuffled their front row and the home eight had the upper hand in the closing stages of the game. Scarborough laid siege to the visitor’s line and reduced the arrears to five points with a penalty from Ratcliffe with three minutes to go. Late pressure saw Luke Raines stopped inches short a minute from time. Surprisingly Scarborough opted to kick to touch with Purdy on the sidelines. The lineout was a mess and the game was over. Had they taken a quick penalty metres out there would have been no contest for possession with perhaps better odds on a successful outcome. However as I’ve said before, “it’s an easy game watching from the touchline.”


Scarborough News Star Man: Chris Purdy

Choosing Star Man came down to either back row Chris Purdy or hooker Luke Raines. Chris got the nod for an industrious afternoon where he was everywhere in defence and in support going forward. Once again he was the Seasiders main man in the lineout before going off with a knee injury just after the hour.


Scarborough: Harrison Dennis Ratcliffe Jeffrey Young Stewart Schutz Cutino Raines Drayton Hoggard Watson (capt) Purdy Watson Austen Substitutes Williams Ingham White (all used)


North Ribblesdale: R. Davidson Fox Richards W. Davidson Bolland Moon Vayles Newhouse Stubbs J.Thwaite W.Thwaite Ingham Heap Dakin Carr (capt) Substitutes: Kirkbright Lynn Stead (all used)


15 Feb




Following a 25-17 defeat on the road at bottom club Knottingley last week, skipper Phil Watson’s men will look to bounce back with a home win over visitors North Ribblesdale at Silver Royd tomorrow. This will be their first home game since the 13-0 defeat of Bridlington on the 12th of January. Unbeaten at home since October, they will look forward to avenging a 30-23 defeat on the road also back in October. Tries from Zbynec Schutz, Tom Ratcliffe and Luke Raines meant that the Seasiders were always in touch in a thrilling clash but four tries for the Settle-based outfit saw them to a bonus point victory. Since a surprise 23-22 win at (then) league leaders Huddersfield YMCA in October, North Ribb have won only two league games with back-to-back wins in December; 32-26 at Ilkley and the 33-10 home defeat of Old Brodleians. Their last two games have been away from home, both in south Yorkshire; a 22-16 defeat at Barnsley and a 23-8 reverse at Dinnington last week. Sam Warren and Corry Dennis who missed the trip to Knottingley with injury and Graeme Jeffrey who was unavailable return to action. The Scarborough side is: HARRISON DENNIS JEFFREY,RATCLIFFE YOUNG STEWART SCHUTZ CUTINO RAINES DRAYTON WATSON HOGGARD PURDY WARREN AUSTEN. Substitutes: IAN WILLIAMS, NICK INGHAM and PAUL WHITE


12 Feb




Last year Scarborough CEO Graeme Young told the Scarborough News that negotiations were ongoing to bring International Women’s Rugby to Scarborough. As an initial step in this process the Rugby Football Union’s Northern Division will bring the opening divisional championship games between the North of England and the Midlands to Silver Royd on Sunday. This competition is used to give the England selectors the chance to see the candidates for selection in action before they pick the international sides for next season’s Six Nations Championships and other international competitions. On Sunday a strong contingent of Yorkshire players have been selected for the North under-15s, under-18s and Senior Women’s teams which will add local spice to the afternoon’s proceedings. The under eighteens will star Scarborough’s Zoe Aldcroft who started as a mini at the old ground at Newby and has progressed since the age of eleven to play county and divisional rugby. A Scalby School student, she now looks a firm favourite to progress to the full England side having taken part in several elite women’s training weekends in London and was invited to a training weekend for the England Sevens squad recently. Zoe was named Player of the match for Yorkshire against Northumberland in their last game having scored a hat-trick of tries. She has completed a successful trial at Hartpury College, a specialist rugby college where Aviva Premiership club Gloucester’s first team squad train and has been accepted onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence; was informed of this with a phone call from England Women’s star Danielle Waterman. On Sunday the under-15 and under-18 games will kick-off at noon with the Senior England Northern Division versus Midlands game kicking off at 1.45pm.  Admission is free and it’s a chance to see the cream of England woman’s talent in the North and Midlands on your doorstep; so why not get along to Silver Royd and cheer on local girl Zoe and the England stars of the future. Admission is free and hot, cold and alcoholic drinks and hot food will be on sale.



12 Feb



Players wearing T-shirts for Mo before a game last season

I have received the following email from Dave Marsden:




It is now closing on a year since Andrew lost his battle with cancer and left us all shocked by his parting at just 37. John and Jean have decided that the best way we can remember Andrew is to come together annually at the club to enjoy a game and of course a beer or two, some crazy games and a sing song!

Jez Pratt, Simon Smith, Russ Wilkie and Dave Marsden have been tasked with formatting the Inaugural Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson game. This will be held every Easter Monday at the club. This year that falls on Monday April 1st and the day will start at 12 noon for those wishing to gather in the memorial garden for a service of remembrance. A two course lunch will be served at 1pm, with a game at 2-30pm between a Scarborough XV selected by Simon Smith and a Klosters XV selected by Russ Wilkie. The day will conclude with a beer and some revelry in the clubhouse post-match.

An invite is extended to all players who have played alongside Mo to get in touch via email or texting 07766 074355 with your name. In the years gone by, I am sure all these players will have had a call from Mo on a Friday night or walked in to Klosters to see Mo grinning cheekily, then chuckling as he said ‘Can you play tomorrow for the thirds, they are short?’ Well on this occasion we know shortage of players will not be a problem. As such we urge you to contact early. At the end of February Simon and Russ will sit down and select two balanced and competitive sides, who will battle out to be the first winners of the Mo Stevenson Shield, which John and Jean have kindly donated. Not everyone will get to play, but we hope those not selected will still come along on the day. We hope that each player selected will encourage friends and family to join in the day by participating in the pre-match fundraising lunch.

An invite goes out to all club members and friends to enjoy a 2 course lunch at 1pm, at a cost of £15 per head. The proceeds of this and indeed a raffle and auction on the day will be donated to the charity chosen by John and Jean.

So please contact us now if you want to play and also shout now for tickets to lunch as we envisage the demand will be great.


12 Feb





A much reshuffled visitors outscored bottom club Knottingly by four tries to one but were undone by their own indiscipline, conceding a rash of penalties, six of which were kicked by scrum-half Mick Piper to record the west Yorkshire club’s third win of the season.

The Seasiders made the best possible start with an early try; great driving work by the forwards deep in the home half saw the ball recycled left through the backs and winger Zbynec Schutz popped up to score in the corner in the 5th minute. Centre Tom Ratcliffe was unsuccessful with his touchline conversion attempt.

A pretty error strewn game from both sides saw the visitors take one against the head at a Knottingly scrum but they went off their feet at the next ruck and Piper made no mistake with the penalty 30 metres out to reduce the arrears to 5-3 in the 13th minute. The fun and games continued four minutes later when the Seasiders lost the ball at an attacking lineout ten metres out but hesitancy in the home ranks saw No8 Phil Austin effect a turnover and stride over unopposed. Ratcliffe was once more unsuccessful with his conversion attempt but Scarborough led 10-3.

The seesaw nature of the game continued when Scarborough drifted offside in the 20th minute and Piper made no mistake with his second penalty goal of the game to reduce the arrears to four points at 10-6. And Knottingley went ahead for the first time in the game when Scarborough lost a scrum against the head and the ball was moved from the base through scrum-half Steve Rocket and Piper for left wing David Mattin to touchdown. Piper added the extras for a 13-10 lead in the 32nd minute.

Ratcliffe had a chance to level the scores in the 38th minute with a penalty 35metres out on Scarborough’s right but just couldn’t find his kicking form; however the burly centre made amends on the stroke of halftime when the ball was moved right from second phase possession on half way and the big man broke a tackle, sidestepped and dummied two opponents to waltz over between the uprights for his 14th try of the season. His first successful kick of the afternoon added the extra two and Scarborough led 17-13 at the break.

With three tries under their belts, the Seasiders would have looked to push on from there and complete the job; however they turned in perhaps their poorest third quarter performance of the season.  At the ruck, Knottingley used their ex-Morley No8 Craig Field to pick up and go from the base using his fellow loose forwards Matt Bradley and Paul Leadbetter to take it on. The visitors defended around the fringes but when they crept offside in front of their own posts Piper reduced the arrears to a single point at 17-16 with the kick.

Knottingley continued to press and when Field made a great break, his offload to wing Andrew Lund was deliberately knocked on by a Scarborough player and Piper nudged his side 19-17 ahead with the resulting penalty in the 50th minute. And the visitor’s nightmare third quarter continued on the hour when they were once again penalized for offside; a player give referee Dave Lindsey some lip and the penalty was moved ten metres forward. Piper duly obliged to stretch the lead to 22-17. And Scarborough’s indiscipline cost them dear five minutes later when some more back chat at a scrum saw them concede another penalty and Piper slotted his sixth of the afternoon for 25-17.

A good passage of play with some slick inter-passing between forwards and backs saw skipper Phil Watson drive over wide left to reduce the arrears to three points at 25-22 five minutes from the end. Ratcliffe missed the conversion. Knottingley had a chance to put the issue beyond doubt with three minutes to go when Scarborough were penalized for hands in a ruck. However Piper, who had been in great form with the boot all afternoon, fluffed his kick. Scarborough threw everything at the Knottingley line in the closing stages of the game and appeared to have clinched a win when prop Jamie Drayton was driven over in the last play of the game. However the Mr Lindsey adjudged the ball to have been held up and blew his whistle for no side to the great relief of the home side.

Scarborough lost the services of Craig Farrell, Corey Dennis who was last week’s man of the match and the experienced Graeme Jeffrey for this game and a late reshuffle did not help; however to come away from home, score four tries for a bonus point and still lose to Yorkshire One’s basement club is a huge disappointment and discipline will have to improve before the visit of North Ribblesdale  on Saturday.  They did however come away with two losing bonus points; one for scoring four tries and the other for losing by less than seven points. This was scant consolation in defeat but nevertheless welcome and saw them move up the league.

Scarborough: Harrison Lucas Ratcliffe Young Shutz Stewart Rollinson Drayton Raines Cutino Readman Watson Purdy Hoggard Austen Substitutes: Goodman Sutton (both used)

Knottingley: Milton Lund Ash Langton Mattin Piper Rocket Berry Bradley Morrison Haigh Chippendale Bradley Leadbetter Field Substitutes: Clark Ackroyd Belcher (all used)

Referee: Mr Dave Lindsey

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