Archive | September, 2013

SCARBOROUGH MAKE IT FIVE IN A ROW WITH 16-3 DEFEAT OF BRIDLINGTON

28 Sep

A BUSY DAY AT SILVER ROYD

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BY DAVE CAMPBELL

 

 

Tries from Benji Cottle and Graeme Jeffrey and penalties from Tom Ratcliffe and Tom Harrison saw Scarborough to a 16-3 derby day win over Bridlington. The win saw the men from Silver Royd move up to second in Yorkshire One. Unfortunately Scarborough skipper Phil Watson broke his arm in the second half of the game and will have an operation at Scarborough Hospital tomorrow. Full report in the Scarborough News on-line edition tomorrow and in print next Thursday.

DAVE CAMPBELL’S ‘FROM THE TOUCHLINE’ COLUMN ON-LINE BRIDLINGTON HOME

28 Sep

PHIL WATSON IN ACTION AT BRID LAST SEASON

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FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell

 

There was a time when we had quite a travelling support which seems to have waned lately if there isn’t a coach going to the game. So the majority of Scarborough rugby supporters will have missed three excellent victories on the road at Old Rishworthians, Keighley and last week at Heath, never an easy place to get a positive result. Last Saturday we (or should I say Tom Ratcliffe ) scored all of our points in the first half and led 18-8 at halftime. Heath managed a long distance penalty just after the break which concluded the scoring for the afternoon. However the remainder of the game was all Scarborough and I know that the players think it should have been a bonus point win. They spent most of the second forty minutes deep in the Heath half but just couldn’t get over the line. However our organization and fitness told in the end and it was a well deserved win. With yours truly rapidly running out of toes, driving for more than an hour is now impossible and I can only get myself to fairly local fixtures; thankfully Mike Holder has come to the rescue with transport over the last few weeks enabling me to provide a report and pictures from the away games with Dave Prince and Phil Stewart taking the reins for the Keighley game when I was laid low by Montezuma’s Revenge. I’m told by ‘the powers that be’ that there will be a coach to Ilkley next week so get your name on the list for what should be a great day out. But first of all get yourselves up to Silver Royd for today’s game. 

Our opponents this afternoon Bridlington, have by their standards, had a poor start to the season, losing to Pontefract on the road, high-flying York at Dukes Park and last week scraping past new boys Acklam 25-16 with a late flourish. Acklam led 13-7 at the break and Brid had to dig deep for a win against a side thrashed 52-0 here at Silver Royd the previous Saturday. The men from Dukes Park fielded their popular veteran Kiwi coach Jamie Muru at fly-half but their stand-out player was South African fullback Szwi Zondo who has excelled for the club for several seasons now. Cyberspace (yorkshirerugby.net) has been abuzz week with discussion of the reported plethora of southern hemisphere players in the Bridlington squad; however last week at Heath, Scarborough fielded two Kiwis, a South African and a couple of players from the Czech Republic! It had to be said that the two Zybnec Schutz, Jan Tieber and Nino Cutino are all hold European passports and can play when and where the wish in the EU. And of course we had a Geordie at fullback and a Gloucester lad at flyhalf! Last season Bridlington had the upper hand winning 23-18 in the fixture at Dukes Park early in the season with our lads getting their revenge with a 13-0 home win at Silver Royd; our first since moving to the new ground. There’s only one change to the Scarborough side from last week’s starting XV, Matty Else comes in at No8 for Henry Gray who has decamped to Reading University; for Brid Gary Healy plays at 10 for Jamie Muru. So it’s local bragging rights up for grabs and current form would indicate a possible home win; however you can never tell in a local derby. Adding spice to proceedings is the fact that Scarborough Coach Lee Douglas previously coached the men from Dukes Park for three seasons in which time they won the Yorkshire Challenge Shield and promotion.   

Last week’s games in Yorkshire One all went with current form with perhaps Bridlington’s close result at Acklam and Scarborough’s win at Heath the only surprises on the day. Elsewhere Ilkley and York were the only teams to win at home; against Keighley and Dinnington respectively.  Brid, Scarborough, Doncaster Phoenix, North Ribblesdale and Wath all won on the road. Today, Acklam, Pontefract and Ilkley travel to Dinnington, Phoenix and Heath respectively with North Ribb entertaining league-leaders York and Wath playing hosts to Old Brods. 

 

EXCITEMENT AS SCARBOROUGH-BRIDLINGTON LOCAL DERBY LOOMS

23 Sep

SZWI ZONDO

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Supporters at Silver Royd and Dukes Park are looking forward to Saturday’s derby clash between east coast rivals Scarborough and Bridlington at Silver Royd. Scarborough have made an unbeaten start to the season with wins at Keighley and Heath and the 52-0 home defeat of Acklam.  Bridlington lost on the road at Pontefract, at home to league-leaders York and last Saturday scraped a 26-15 win at Acklam who were thrashed 52-0 at Scarborough the previous week.  The men from Dukes Park fielded their popular veteran coach Jamie Muru but their stand-out player was fullback Szwi Zondo who has been outstanding for the club for several seasons now. Cyberspace has been abuzz with discussion of the plethora of southern hemisphere players in their side, however Scarborough fielded two Kiwis, a South African and a couple of players from the Czech Republic last Saturday!  So it looks like it’ll be a very interesting afternoon on Saturday….I can’t wait.

JAMIE MURU IN ACTION AT ACKLAM

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SCARBOROUGH RUFC 1st XV STATS SO FAR

23 Sep

STATS FOR SCARBOROUGH FIRST TEAM SQUAD (LEAGUE) 2012-13 (Including 21st September  2013)

NAME

APPEARANCES

MOM

TRIES

CONS

PENS

DROP

GOALS

TOTAL POINTS

RATCLIFFE

3

 

3

7

3

38

LUCAS

2

 

COTTLE

3

1

3

15

TIEBER

3

 

JEFFREY

3

 

1

5

HARRISON

3

 

1

2

9

SCHUTZ

3

 

CUTINO

3

 

2

10

HOPPER

2

1

WILLIAMS

1

 

GOODMAN

2

 

WATSON

3

 

READMAN

3

 

1

5

PURDY

3

1

1

5

NIGHTINGALE

3

 

ELSE

    3**

 

DALEY

1

 

GLEDHILL

1

 

GRAY

3

 

HOLMES

1

 

LOWDE

1

 

STEWART

1

 

TOTAL

10

8

1

87

MOM = MAN-OF-THE-MATCH   ** YELLOW CARD

SCARBOROUGH MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW AT HEATH: DAVE CAMPBELL’S REPORT

23 Sep

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Heath: 11 Scarborough: 18

By Dave Campbell

Referee: Mr Paul Hayne

High-flying Scarborough maintained their unbeaten start to their campaign with a convincing win at Halifax-based outfit Heath RFC to remain third in what looks like being high-competitive Yorkshire One league this season.
Heath kicked off down the slight slope but having gained possession Scarborough drove into home territory where slick handling down the left flank between winger Tom Ratcliffe and centre Benji Cottle saw the former beat two men and surge over in the corner with only two minutes on the clock. Ratcliffe converted his own effort from the touchline for 7-0.
The visitors stole the re-start but surrendered possession and Heath drove to the line; great defence repealed two charges that were halted short before Mr Hayne penalised the Seasiders for offside and flyhalf Ezra Hinchliffe slotted the kick to reduce the arrears to four points in the 5th minute. Scarborough looked to strike back immediately and a great break by Cottle saw the young Kiwi chip through for fullback Graeme Jeffrey, up in support, but an awkward bounce and a knock on saw the chance go begging.
Up front the visiting eight had the upper hand in the early stages and twice the home pack were pushed off their own ball. Hooker Mark Hopper who has made an impressive start to his senior career was in top form in tight and loose whilst scrum-half Zbnyec Schutz was really buzzing. However, after a positive start skipper Phil Watson’s men found themselves behind in the 13th minute when a poorly-judged kick my fly-half Tom Harrison was charged down and the ball was moved wide for Heath left wing Mick Gleeson to gallop off and touchdown to nudge his side 8-7 ahead. Hinchliffe failed to convert.
Undeterred, the Seasiders came straight back bristling with positive intent and good work by wing Matty Young and Jeffrey took play deep into the Heath half; however a loose pass from Harrison was intercepted by flanker Hamish Pratt for the home side and only good cover defence prevented a second Heath try. That scare was short lived, and when Cottle made a searing break from inside his own half deep into home territory, Ratcliffe was on hand to power over wide on the left in the 18th minute for 12-8. The big wingman was unsuccessful with his difficult touchline conversion attempt.
Scarborough bossed the third quarter with great work from Schutz, Jeffrey, Young, Ratcliffe and both centres in a lively back division whilst up front Hopper, Watson and open side Blake Nightingale were the pick of a cohesive pack. Coach Lee Douglas’ charges spent much of the second quarter deep in Heath territory but a combination of good physical defence and perhaps too much lateral movement by the visitors saw no further tries in the half.
However penalties from Ratcliffe in the 31st and 37th minutes saw them deservedly lead 18-8 at the break.
Having probably had the hair-drier treatment at half-time, Heath came out with all guns blazing after the break; however although they were more physical the only way they looked likely to score would have been from a Scarborough mistake and those were few and far between. However, when Scarborough were penalised for not releasing just inside their own half in the middle of the paddock, Hinchliffe’s howitzer boot was deadly accurate and the lead was reduced to seven points in the 45th minute.
Scarborough continued to get over the gain-line with Watson, Hopper, Chris Purdy, Nightingale, Schutz and Cottle making inroads and Jeffrey running from deep. But a tendency toward lateral movement saw the wide players squeezed for space and coupled with some great defensive work by Heath, particularly from flanker Ian Downsborough, the home line remained intact.
Incisive running by Cottle, Schutz and Jeffrey and some bullocking stuff by Hopper and Watson seemed sure to bring a try in the closing stages but the home defence was magnificent. Rolling substitutes Jason Lowde, Matty Else and Rich Holmes also had a big hand in the action. The visitors had an injury time scare when a loose pass saw Heath winger Rob Thackeray break the siege and scamper up the right but the danger was snuffed out and Mr Hayne called an end to proceedings.
SCARBOROUGH: Jeffrey Young Cottle Tieber Ratcliffe Harrison Schutz Cutino Hopper Taylor Watson(capt) Readman Purdy Nightingale Gray SUBSTITUTES: Else Lowde Holmes(all used)
HEATH: Hallett Thackeray Lister Miller Gleeson Hinchliffe Walsh Johnson PUttick Moore Neilly Hunter Pratt Downsborough Hare SUBSTITUTES: Brobbey Lammas Mckenzie
CAMPBELL’S CORNER (verdict)
This was a very good performance from an organized and committed Scarborough side. Although they scored a couple of quality tries in the first half they failed to breach a redoubtable Heath defence after the break which is a concern for coach Lee Douglas. However, it was a convincing second win on the road at a notoriously difficult venue to get a result.
MAN OF THE MATCH: MARK HOPPER
Plenty of candidates this week, with Ratcliffe’s tries, Jeffrey and Schutz having great games in the backs and Watson, Purdy and Nightingale in top form up front. However, since stepping up to this level hooker Mark Hopper has been a revelation and he had a great outing in this game. His scrummaging as part of a solid tight five was very effective and his gainline-breaking, go-forward performance in the loose made him my man-of-the-match.
THE KEY SCARBOROUGH FACTS:
TRIES Ratcliffe (2)
GOALS: Ratcliffe (two penalties and one conversion)

TOM RATCLIFFE OPENS THE SCORING
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MORE ACTION FROM HEATH-SCARBOROUGH
2013-09-22 SCARBOROUGH LAY SIEGE TO THE HEATH LINE

ZBYNEC SCHUTZ IN ACTION
2013-09-22 ZYBNEC SCHUTZ IN ACTION

(BELOW) NINO CUTINO ON THE CHARGE AND

2013-09-22 NINO ON THE CHARGE

CHRIS PURDY IN THE THICK OF IT

2013-09-22 CHRIS PURDY IN ACTION

RATCLIFFE BAGS EIGHTEEN POINTS IN WIN AT HEATH

22 Sep

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TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION

WINGER TOM RATCLIFFE SCORED ALL OF SCARBOROUGH’S POINTS IN THE 18-11 DEFEAT OF HEATH YESTERDAY. THE BIG WINGMAN BAGGED A COUPLE OF TRIES, CONVERTED ONE AND KICKED A COUPLE OF PENALTIES. REPORT SHORTLY IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS

DAVE CAMPBELL’S ‘FROM THE TOUCHLINE’ COLUMN ONLINE – HEATH AWAY

20 Sep

BENJI COTTLE IN ACTION AGAINST ACKLAM LAST WEEK

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(photograph by permission of the SCARBOROUGH NEWS)

Scarborough Coach Lee Douglas in his Coach’s Corner piece in yesterday’s Scarborough News said that although his charges had won both of their opening games they had played nowhere near their best. The Silver Royd Supremo feels that his side have yet to fulfil their potential and believes that tomorrow’s game with Heath is a step-up in opposition and the team will have to up their game following last week’s patchy performance against a desperately poor Acklam side. He has therefore tweaked his starting line-up with two personnel and three positional changes from last week. Tom Harrison starts at fullback with Matt Lucas making way for Tom Ratcliffe on the right wing. Phil Stewart continues where he left off at fly-half last week with Mark Hopper hooking and Paul Taylor joining him in the front row with Nino Cutino. Henry Gray came on last week for Matty Else who struggled with a back injury and continues at No 8. Veteran prop Jason Lowde joins Else and Matty Young on the bench. 

I’ve reported on most of the Scarborough-Heath encounters home and away over several years, and in general Scarborough have had the upper hand in the majority of the games. Last September they blew the west-Yorkshiremen away at Silver Royd running in 12 tries in a comprehensive 79-10 thrashing which included a hat-trick from Graeme Jeffrey. However Heath avenged that defeat with a well-deserved 30-15 win at their North Dean HQ in January this year. The Seasiders trailed 3-25 at the break following a poor first half but struck back after the interval with tries from Tom Ratcliffe and Matty Young who are in the squad tomorrow. Scarborough’s previous trip to the same venue in season 2011/12 saw them come away with a 26-15 win which included a try from Phil Stewart. Last week Heath won 26-16 at Keighley who lost to Phil Watson’s men on the opening day of the season the previous week. So the form indicators are that the game at North Dean should be a tight affair. I’m sure it will be. 

Last Saturday’s games in Yorkshire One threw up some interesting results; it was a big surprise to everyone that fancied Ilkley were thrashed 45-6 at Wath who ran in six tries without reply. Elsewhere York won 30-24 at Bridlington to stay top whilst new-boys Doncaster Phoenix got their first points with the 13-12 defeat of visitors Selby. There was also wins for Dinnington who beat Pontefract 37-17 in south Yorkshire and North Ribblesdale who defeated Old Brodleians at Settle. Tomorrow Brid are on the road at bottom club Acklam, leaders York entertain Dinnington and Ilkley get a chance to bounce back with the visit of Keighley. Old Brods welcome Doncaster Phoenix, Pontefract are at home to North  Ribblesdale and Selby host Wath. 

Due to a Doncaster Knights RFU championship game Doncaster Phoenix’s home fixture with Wath last week was played at the Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium complex. The Yorkshire One game was played in a mini-stadium situated beside the main stadium featuring a six-lane running track and a 500 seat stand.  The venue is used by Doncaster Belles woman’s football team, Doncaster Rovers Reserves, Doncaster Athletics Club, Doncaster RLFC’s academy team, and the Doncaster Mustangs American football team. I don’t suppose Phoenix will be very impressed when they visit Silver Royd in November! 

Next Thursday (26th of September) Scarborough Rugby Club’s Annual sportsman’s dinner will take place in the club’s Qdos Suite. This year’s speaker is dual-code Welsh international and media star Scott Quinnell. Son of Wales and Lion’s legend Derek Quinnell and mother Madora (sister of Barry John), Scott played for Llanelli in two separate spells between 1990 and 2005 and Wigan Rugby League between 1994 and 1996. He played for Wales on 52 occasions between 1993 and 2002 and played all three tests in the Lions’ unsuccessful tour of Australia in 2001. He also played for Great Britain and Wales RL. Since retiring from rugby in 2006 Scott has concentrated on a media career which has seen him currently working on T.V for Sky Sports and occasionally for ITV as a rugby pundit. He has appeared on A Question of Sport on the BBC and is currently fronting two programmes for Sky Television, Scott’s Crossbar Challenge and The School of Hard Knocks. With a great meal and fine wines and hilarious compere Malcolm Lord, I’m sure it’ll be a great evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCARBOROUGH 52 ACKLAM 0

15 Sep

BENJI COTTLE IN ACTION AGAINST ACKLAM

(by permission of Scarborough News)

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Scarborough: 52 Acklam: 0

By Dave Campbell

Referee: Mr Andy Hodgson

Scarborough made it two from two as they continued their winning start in Yorkshire One with an eight try victory over a determined but poor Acklam side. The Middlesbrough-based outfit were parachuted into Yorkshire One from Durham/Northumberland One this season and looked woefully short of the wherewithal to survive in the altogether more competitive environment of the county’s top league.

The Seasiders went off like a steam train from the start with hard-running centres Jan Tieber and Benji Cottle punching holes in a porous visiting midfield. Skipper Phil Watson and flanker Chris Purdy were powering over the gain line with halfbacks Zbnyec Schutz and Tom Harrison releasing a buzzing back division. It was no surprise therefore when lock Mikey Readman barged over wide on Scarborough’s left after only 7 minutes. Fullback Tom Ratcliffe converted for 7-0.

Scarborough continued to press and dominated every facet of play at this stage but over eagerness resulted in some uncharacteristically poor handling at times. However when brains were engaged, skipper Phil Watson’s men surged ahead with a couple of textbook touchdowns in the 15th and 17th minutes; the first came when Cottle executed an inch-perfect chip through in the visitors 22 and collected to score then a searing break from the Kiwi centre released wingman Graeme Jeffrey to scamper over. Ratcliffe failed to convert the former but added the extras to the latter for a 19-0 lead.

No8 Matty Else exited proceedings with a back injury in the 21st minute to be replaced by Henry Gray who was immediately in the action as the home side drove deep into Acklam territory where Tom Harrison bustled through a congested 22 on a diagonal run to cross and sprint under the posts in the 24th minute. Ratcliffe stretched the lead to 26-0 with his kick.

Scarborough appeared to go off the boil and an outclassed and outgunned visiting side showed what they were made of in the determination department by putting several good moves together most of them involving stocky centre Lee Richardson. And they appeared to have gained their reward on the half hour when they managed to squeeze over following sustained pressure. Referee Mr Hodgson judged the ball to have been held up over the line and instead of an attacking scrum they were penalized for mouthing off at the referee, had a player sin-binned and their chance had gone. Scarborough rounded off the half in style when prop Nino Cutino was driven over in the 40th minute from a catch-and-drive and Ratcliffe’s superb in-and-out conversion from the right touchline made it 33-0 at the break.

The third quarter saw the visitors have their best period of game; in that they did not concede for a twenty minute period and contested well against a Scarborough side that had lost concentration and to some degree, shape. The Teesiders stuck to their task but frankly never at any stage looked like getting into the game; however the skill and application that had served Coach Lee Douglas’ men so well in the first forty minutes appeared to have deserted them. Douglas brought on Phil Stewart at ten and moved Harrison back to fullback and it took them time to settle. Paul Taylor also came on at prop with Tommy Goodman joining Tom Ratcliffe on the rolling-subs bench.

Class will out and Scarborough roared back in the final quarter; Chris Purdy, who had a steady and effective game, got his reward as he drove over following a catch-and-drive in the 61st minute. Harrison added the conversion for 40-0. Even at this stage the home side could have had a hatful of tries had they managed to lower the temperature of their white line fever. However they continued to dominate up front and from a scrum wide right in the visitors 22, the ball was moved infield and Stewart released Cottle to glide over for his second try of the afternoon in the 66th minute. Harrison converted for 47-0.

And on an afternoon where perhaps Scarborough dwelled a bit too much on their opponents’ 88-7 defeat at York the previous week, a final try from Ratcliffe now back on the paddock as a wing, rounded off a well-deserved 52-0, eight try victory.

SCARBOROUGH: Ratcliffe Lucas Cottle Tieber Jeffrey Harrison Schutz Cutino Williams Goodman Watson(capt) Readman Purdy Nightingale Else SUBSTITUTES: Taylor Gray Stewart (all used)

ACKLAM: Ashton Moffat Richardson Sudron Dunn Walker Milnes Pearson Chambers Garton Kirkbride Rowling Ffitch Chambers(capt) Morgan SUBSTITUTES: Dixon Duffy Dalton

SCARBOROUGH 52 ACKLAM 0

14 Sep

Scarborough proved too strong for a plucky Acklam side which trailed 33-0 at the break. A better third quarter show saw the Middlesbrough-based outfit keep a rampant Seasiders temporarily at bay. However three tries in the fourth quarter saw the men from Silver Royd  to a bonus point win to go third in Yorkshire One.

Full  report to follow.

 

DAVE CAMPBELL’S ‘FROM THE TOUCHLINE’ COLUMN ON-LINE

13 Sep

IT’S GREAT TO HAVE CHRIS PURDY (WITH BALL) FIT AGAIN

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Scarborough finished in the top half of Yorkshire One at the end of last season winning eight and losing four games at Silver Royd and had a return of three and nine on the road. I did comment following this year’s AGM that I would like to see more emphasis on our performances on the paddock which would boost our profile and a couple of straight wins away from home has the club and the town buzzing and talking about rugby again; long may it continue. The first team’s fitness level was a major factor in last week’s win at Keighley and with Lee Douglas in charge I only see that improving. The introduction of New Zealanders Blake Nightingale and Benji Cottle appear to be the catalyst which had the team fizzing last week, particularly Benji who had an outstanding game in the centres with Jan Tieber. Great news for the club has been the return to fitness of flanker Chris Purdy and the return to the game of Matty Else at No8. The pack performed well in the opening two games with youngsters Tommy Goodman and Marker Hopper in fine form in the front row with Zybnec Schutz and the fit-again Tom Harrison grafting hard to link the forwards and backs. 

Looking at last season’s stats Tom Ratcliffe, now playing fullback, was our leading try-scorer with 17 touchdowns, closely followed by Nino Cutino with 10 and Tom Harrison with 8; Tom Ratcliffe also kicked 36 penalties and 42 conversions. Graeme Jeffrey ran in six tries as did Corey Dennis now in Singapore. So who will be getting over (or on) the whitewash and who’ll be kicking the goals this campaign? Well I’m sure the leading try scorers from last season will all be up there with I’m sure, Messrs Nightingale and Cottle getting amongst the tries. Although he has only been seen in the friendly against Driffield, I also expect Matty Young to figure prominently this season. This is also of course, provided some clean ball is provided by the pack that has fared well in the opening three games; although I’m told that Tommy Goodman is leaving for university shortly.

As I reported in yesterday’s blog, for tomorrow’s visit of Acklam Scarborough show only one change from the side who won at Keighley. Ian Williams comes in at hooker for the unavailable Mark Hopper. Elsewhere in Yorkshire One, Bridlington entertain York, Pontefract and Selby are on the road at Doncaster Phoenix and Keighley respectively whilst North Ribblesdale are at home to Old Brodleians and Wath host Ilkley. Scarborough-Acklam kicks off at 3pm.

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