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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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