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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. 

 

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