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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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