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28 Oct



   Scarborough: 21 North Ribblesdale 21


By Dave Campbell 

Referee: Mr Tom Slater                                                                  


An out of sorts Scarborough side turned in their poorest forty minutes of the season and were distinctly  second-best in a shapeless first half where they were out-thought and outplayed by a lively North Ribblesdale side. However they never gave up the ghost and although they slipped 18-11 behind after the break, a storming finish saw them battle back to grab a 21-21 draw with the last kick of the game. 

The Seasiders made a lively start and having hit an upright with a penalty within seconds of the kick off, centre Tom Ratcliffe made amends with another penalty a minute later for a 3-0 lead. This advantage was short lived as three minutes later a clearance kick inside the home 22 was charged down. From a subsequent lineout ‘Ribb’ gained possession and some uncharacteristically poor Scarborough tackles saw fly-half Steve Moon touch down  to open the visitors account at 5-3. Moon failed to convert. 

In the middle twenty minutes of the half a lethargic home side struggled for possession as they failed on their own lineout and were second best at the breakdown; their only scoring attempts were a couple of unsuccessful penalty kicks from Ratcliffe. And the star man so often this season, centre Benji Cottle just couldn’t get into the game. However they were more than a match at the set scrums with youthful front row of Nino Cutino, Mark Hopper and Tommy Goodman in fine form. 

Scarborough took the lead in the 31st minute with a spectacular try when they won possession in midfield and Tom Harrison’s cross-field kick found the ever-alert Graeme Jeffrey on the left touchline; the big fullback fielded the ball Aussie-rules style and sprinted over from 20 metres. Ratcliffe failed with the difficult conversion but Scarborough led 8-5. However the visitors struck back before the interval when Harrison looked to run the ball from his own 22 and his pass went straight into touch. From the ensuing lineout ‘Ribb’ gained possession and hooker Ethan Henare barged over in the 37th minute. Moon converted for a 12-8 North Ribblesdale lead. Ratcliffe had obviously left his kicking boots at home and missed a chance to reduce the arrears with a penalty on the stroke of half-time. 

Scarborough kicked off the second half and drove up field where North Ribblesdale were penalized for not releasing and Tom Harrison knocked the kick over to reduce the arrears to a single point at 11-12 in the 44th minute. Skipper Nino Cutino’s men then had some defensive work to do as the visitors with their skipper Matt Speres in great form laid siege to the home line. A series of rucks and attacking scrums were repulsed but scrum-half Zbynec Schutz was sin-binned in the 49th minute for, I think, slowing down play at a ruck by preventing release of the ball? Flanker Blake Nightingale was temporarily substituted to allow Jake Rollinson to come on at scrum-half. 

Reduced to 14 men and under the cosh, Coach Lee Douglas’ charges rolled up their metaphorical sleeves and got stuck in; great tackling by the remaining back-rowers the ever-industrious Chris Purdy and Granite-man Matty Else and try-saving tackles from Jake Rollinson and Matty Young kept their side in the game. Skipper Cutino as usual led from the front in the tight and loose and the visitors only reward during Schutz and Nightingale’s absence was a Moon penalty in the 58th minute to stretch the visitors’ lead to 15-11. However with the set-scrums a good source of possession Cutino’s men began to look a bit more fluid and gliding runs through the visiting defence by Ratcliffe and Cottle gave the Scarborough faithful hope before Moon dashed that hope with a drop-goal in the 71st minute for an 18-11 North Ribblesdale lead. 

All the real excitement came in the last five minutes with the visitors appearing on course for victory. Great work by Cottle, Nightingale and Ratcliffe took Scarborough into the visitors 22, where the men from Settle conceded a string of penalties metres from their line; Scarborough chose a scrum and shunted the Ribb eight over with Nightingale getting the touch. Harrison added the extras to tie the scores at 18-18 to great jubilation on and off the field. 

With three minutes to go there was yet more drama to come as Matty Young was harshly penalized for not releasing and Moon silenced the home support by slotting the long-distance effort for 21-18 in the 80th minute with injury time to come. Scarborough drove upfield into the opposition 22 where Ribb infringed. After a little thought the Seasiders decided to go for the win and ran the ball. Ribb ran out of defenders and with a two man overlap wide on their left and the line begging, Cottle fired a poor miss pass into touch. But wait a minute; North Ribblesdale crept offside as the move developed and Tom Harrison chipped over the pressure penalty cool as you like for a 21-21 draw with the last kick of the game…Phew! 

SCARBOROUGH: Jeffrey Lucas Cottle Ratcliffe Young Harrison Young Schutz Cutino (capt) Hopper Goodman Readman Hoggard Purdie Nightingale Else SUBSISTUTES: Taylor Sutton Rollinson (all used) 

NORTH RIBBLESDALE: Fox Naylor McFarlane Moore Bolland Moon Viles Newgouse Henare Thwaite Boatwright Ingham Carr Dakin Speres (capt) SUBSTITUTES: Nowell W.Thwaite M.Thwaite


24 Oct




Scarborough’s unbeaten run came to an end at Selby last week in the most disappointing of fashions; a couple of early tries from Benji Cottle and Zbynec Schutz and ten points from the boot of Tom Ratcliffe was just reward for an exciting first half display that should have produced at least another couple of tries and they went to the break 20-6 up. As in so many recent games skipper Nino Cutino’s men went completely off the boil after the half-time oranges and a great fight-back by the Selby lads saw them grab a couple of tries of their own and they clinched victory with a penalty goal with about five minutes to go leaving a sizeable Scarborough travelling contingent deflated. Coach Lee Douglas has made several changes for this week’s game with Tom Ratcliffe replacing Jan Teiber in the centre and Matt Lucas coming in on the wing. Matty Young starts on the other wing as does ‘Spinners’ at scrum-half in a youthful and exciting back division. Up front Tommy Goodman and Mark Hopper come in for Ian Williams and Paul Taylor. Paul joins Rob Sutton and Jake Rollinson on the bench. North Ribblesdale went down by the same losing margin as the Seasiders did last week losing 26-24 at Dinnington. Last year the men from Settle completed the double over Scarborough in two close-fought games, winning 30-23 at Settle and then 30-25 at Silver Royd earlier this year. Scarborough scored a couple of second half tries in both games! I’m sure Coach Lee Douglas will look to his charges to bounce back from last week’s disappointment to prevent ‘Ribb’ from recording the first win of another double at Silver Royd.  



Apart perhaps from Scarborough’s defeat at Selby, there were no real surprises last Saturday in Yorkshire One. However Doncaster Phoenix’s 43-33 win at Bridlington saw the south Yorkshiremen leapfrog Scarborough, Wath and York into top spot and a 24-24 draw between Pontefract and Heath will have done neither team any favour; for full results, fixtures and league table go to Highlights this week are Phoenix at home to Dinnington in a south Yorkshire clash, Selby-v-Old Brods and of course Scarborough-North Ribb. As always you can catch my TWITTER updates on Scarborough’s game at @SN_Sport

Last Saturday the Vikings had a big win over visitors Selby 2nds and the club’s second string are having a good start to the season ; two weeks ago the they took on Malton 2nds at The Gannock and won 57-12; here is how it was reported by Chris Wilson on their website: “I never won many prizes at school for creative writing therefore turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse may be a step too far today!! Let’s concentrate on the positives. Firstly a massive thank you to the players and club members who got on their phones and persuaded people to play. From struggling to get 15 men for the 2nd XV last week and no 3rd team we had full teams and the luxury of subs. Ideally I would limit my report to the last 10 minutes of the game which Malt won 12 – 5 and reflected the spirit and attitude of the team well led by Adam Turnbull and with some hard working performances by other team members. However the first 70 minutes of the game saw Malton leak 52 unanswered points and although Scarborough had to work for the majority of them, they were the better drilled side for that period. It is an easy excuse to use the amount of injuries occurring in the 1st XV as a reason the 2nd XV are not performing but simply it was a lack of basic skills and cohesiveness which undid Malton. On Saturday the Vikings travel to Humberside to take on BP Chemicals whilst the Danesmen are at Hornsea.



It was great to hear that along with the men’s Roses match next May Scarborough RUFC will be hosting the Women’s Roses clash also. This may give us a chance to see our own Zoe Aldcroft in action. Zoe is presently studying at Tom Harrison’s alma mater, Hartpury College in Gloucestershire and dad Dave tells me that she’s loving it. Having played for the North at Silver Royd earlier this year it would be great to see her back in action at the club.



19 Oct

Scarborough  led 20-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Benji Cottle and Zybnec Schutz and ten points from the boot of Tom Ratcliffe. Selby staged a stirring second half fightback to grab an unlikely 22-20 victory with a late penalty from fly-half Josh Cruise. Full report and video interview with coach Lee Douglas on the Scarborough News on-line tomorrow and in Thursday’s Scarborough News.


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18 Oct



In-form Charlie Hoggard

Last week’s 15-11 victory over Dinnington extended Scarborough’s unbeaten run to six league games maintaining their second place in Yorkshire One. Early tries from Blake Nightingale and Benji Cottle saw Coach Lee Douglas’ charges race to a 15-3 lead with only fifteen minutes on the clock. Not for the first time this season the Seasiders lost impetus after a promising start. However, I don’t think the re-shuffles of the front row after half an hour did the pack any favours as they struggled until the original front row was restored in the last quarter of the game. Again magnificent defence saved the day with lock Charlie Hoggard and the entire back row in superb defensive form. Veteran No8 Matty Else was man of the match. The side were without the services of Czech Republic internationals Zbynec Schutz and Jan Teiber;  Jake Rollinson and Rich Holmes deputized. Tommy Goodman came in for the unavailable Paul Taylor and all three performed well. Schutz, Teiber and Taylor return to action for tomorrow’s visit to Selby. Rollison is retained at scrum-half with Schutz playing on the wing with Matty Young dropping to the bench joining Ryan Pickering and Rob Sutton.


Scarborough’s opponents tomorrow Selby, have made a good start to the season and have earned four bonus points from their three home games so far. Opening the season with a 33-20 win over North Ribblesdale at their Sandhill Lane HQ , their next home fixture saw them narrowly defeated 28-27 by Wath; a couple of weeks ago they were too strong for visitors Heath, running out 35-20 winners. They have been less successful on the road, losing 13-12 at Doncaster and 25-17 at Ilkley last week but won 33-14 at struggling Keighley at the end of September. They appear to be a free-scoring outfit and Scarborough with the meanest defence in the league will face a stiff test. The Challenge for the Seasiders is to maintain their defensive integrity whilst turning good starts into bonus-points wins. I think it is too close to call but I’m looking forward to an entertaining game.


Highlight of last week’s Yorkshire One results was Wath’s 19-3 win over visitors York. Elsewhere Doncaster Phoenix’s 54-5 thrashing of Acklam saw the south Yorkshiremen leapfrog Wath and Scarborough into first place with York slipping to fourth. At the bottom of the table Keighley recorded their first win of the season with a narrow 20-18 success against visitors Pontefract whilst Bridlington were thrashed 50-0 at North Ribblesdale. Tomorrow the men from Dukes Park have another difficult game as they take on league-leaders ‘Phoenix’ whilst bottom club Acklam entertain Wath. There’s a potential early relegation battle when Heath travel to Pontefract whilst Keighley try to keep their revival going at York.  I think the club with the longest journey of the day, a 170 mile round trip, is resurgent North Ribblesdale who travel from Settle to take on Dinnington. All games kick off at 3pm and you can follow Scarborough’s progress on TWITTER @SN Sport and the progress of the other Yorkshire One games on .


Club stalwart Peter Emms was laid to rest on Monday following a moving service at St Laurence’s church in Scalby. It was a lovely touch after the service that club members, many of whom hade played rugby with him, lined the drive from the church as Peter and family made their progress to the interment.  Afterwards a lively ‘wake’ was held at Scarborough Rugby club and it was a great opportunity to continue the celebration of Peter’s life thanks to the generosity of Sandra and the family. How fitting it was that out on the main pitch the next generation was represented when Scarborough VI Form College took on Driffield School.





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15 Oct




Scarborough: 15  Dinnington: 11 

By Dave Campbell 

Referee: Mr Graeme Hall                                                                    Attendance: 481 

Not for the first time this season Scarborough went off like a train dominating the set pieces and scoring early tries playing great rugby. Slick handing and continuity thrilled the Silver Royd faithful as they looked as if they would blow away in-form Dinnington in the opening 15 minutes of the game. Then they went walkabout, lost their shape and seemingly their confidence. However their performance was a committed one and they are the only unbeaten side in the league and are in second place behind new boys Doncaster Phoenix. 

Scarborough made a hash of the Dinnington kick-off and the visitors spent the early minutes in home territory; however this was short lived and a massive clearance by fly-half Tom Harrison with a brisk northeasterly at his back, took play into the Dinnington half. With fullback Jeffrey, centres Benji Cottle and Rich Holmes, and ebullient prop Nino Cutino firing on all cylinders the south Yorkshiremen conceded a string of penalties in their own 22.  And having lost a player for persistent infringement, they drifted offside and winger Tom Ratcliffe kicked Scarborough 3-0 ahead with a penalty in the 8th minute. 

Dinnington equalized almost from the re-start when Scarborough were penalized for ‘crossing’ and fly-half Jonny West slotted the simple kick for 3-3 in the 10th minute. The Seasiders came straight back and scored a superb try a minute later when, following great work at the breakdown flanker Blake Nightingale brushed aside the attentions of a string of would-be tacklers to power over from 20 meters. Ratcliffe was unsuccessful with the conversion. 

Coach Lee Douglas’ charges continued to turn the screw and incisive running by Cottle, Harrison and Jeffrey joining the line, were testing the resolve of the visiting defence. And when Cottle broke infield from second phase possession, the young Kiwi centre went on one of his trademark jinking runs to touchdown in the 14th minute; Ratcliffe added the extras for a 15-3 lead. 

The men from Silver Royd continued to turn the screw but Dinnington redoubled their defensive efforts and gradually mounted their own offensive. However the home defence was very much up for the challenge and great work by the back row of Chris Purdy, Nightingale and the magnificent Matthew Else augmented by a re-energized Charlie Hoggard,  Mikey Readman and Cutino, kept their line intact when it looked as if they may be overwhelmed. However West reduced the arrears to nine points with a penalty in the 37th minute and Scarborough led 15-6 at the break. 

Kicking off the second half Scarborough looked to play in the opposition half but pressure in the set scrums at their own put-in with the visiting eight driving them back saw stability at the base severely compromised with Else struggling to pick up or control and drafted-in scrum half Jake Rollinson struggling for control when he got possession. Subsequently play from first phase was not happening and the dangerous Scarborough threequarters just couldn’t get into the game. At one stage hooker Ian Williams went off and Cutino played at number two; however the timing between scrum-half and hooker had gone and Scarborough were neither hooking nor looking to drive over. 

The linouts were also a lottery and it appeared that the home eight had gone from complete supremacy at the set piece in the opening quarter of the game to struggling for scraps in loose play which to be fair they made a very good fist of with Hoggard and Else outstanding. However with their confidence appearing to have deserted them, ball retention also suffered. And yet they still contrived to mount some dangerous attacking play through Ratcliffe, Cottle, Jeffrey and the admirable Matty Young. And they should have had a try on the hour when Cottle was held back off the ball with the line at his mercy with a myopic Mr Hall looking haplessly on. 

And when Scarborough conceded their first league try at Silver Royd this season, it came from a poorly executed scrum on halfway. There was no strike for Rollinson’s put-in and having gained possession the visitors drove up their left flank. The home defence held firm but ran out of numbers eventually and Dinnington man-of-the-match No8 Danny Pilkington drove over in the 66th minute. West missed the conversion and the Scarborough lead was cut to four points at 15-11. 

With Williams back in the middle of the front row Scarborough appeared to have a more stable platform and played out the remainder of the game in surprising comfort. They could have scored a late try of their own when Jeffrey fielded a huge clearance out of defence by West and surged deep into Dinnington territory; the support on his shoulder looped inside, the pass went wide and the chance was gone but it was a great way to end the game; on the front foot. 

SCARBOROUGH: Jeffrey Young Cottle Holmes Ratcliffe Harrison Rollinson Cutino Williams Goodman Readman Hoggard Purdy Nightingale Else SUBSTITUTES: Pickering Sutton Baird 

DINNINGTON: Williams Longstaffe Pietersen Stimpson Leivers West A. Donnelly Marshall Starr Bunting Igoe Scott Rodgers R. Donnelly Pilkington SUBSTITUTES: Briggs Reid Hartley


12 Oct

Early Tries from Kiwis Blake Nightingale and Benji Cottle set high-flying Scarborough on the road to victory over in-form visitors Dinnington at Silver Royd today. Five points from the boot of winger Tom Ratcliffe saw the Seasiders lead 15-3 at the break. A much improved performance from the visiting forwards saw the south Yorkshiremen fight back in the second half scoring a penalty and an unconverted try; however another great defensive display saw Scarborough to a 15-11 win. My full report in the on-line version of the SCARBOROUGH NEWS tomorrow plus a video interview with Scarborough Coach Lee Douglas.  Full coverage in Thursday’s print version of the SCARBOROUGH NEWS.





10 Oct


A fond memory of Peter Emms

I’m sure if you talk to his club-mates, teammates and friends their memories would undoubtedly be of Peter Emms’ exploits on the rugby field and on the Gulls tours we all enjoyed; however one of my fondest memories of Peter was of a blustery early summer day at the end of the eighties spent walking and collecting money for children’s Leukaemia. Ian (now Sir Ian) Botham was on the Whitby-Scarborough leg of his east coast walk and as part of the support to the walk given by rugby club’s along the way, Peter and I volunteered to walk with ‘Beefy’ and his entourage which included Lancashire and England cricketers Graham Fowler and Neil Fairbrother and a reporting team from BBC Radio One. Setting off from Whitby at around 10am, Pete ‘power walked’ and being a long-distance runner at the time, I jogged along with the big man en-route collecting a huge amount of cash from the generous north Yorkshire public in plastic buckets. By the time we reached Scarborough the entourage had grown in number with folks joining in from Scalby down to Sandside where the walk ended and we faded into the background. My companion enjoyed his customary après-match (walk) cigarette and we both enjoyed a couple of pints at a hostelry nearby. However we were not forgotten and Ian and his wife Kath invited us to dinner and drinks with our wives at the Clifton Hotel that evening where Pete turned out to be a formidable raconteur in exalted company. A great night was had by all and I subsequently found out that my walking companion had also made a generous contribution to Sir Ian’s charity. Typical of the man; he’ll by sorely missed.


 A late 80’s beardless and weirdly bespectacled me and a youthful Peter relax with a pint after walking with Ian Botham from Whitby. 

Last week while Scarborough were battling to a 17-17 draw at Ilkley, I was enjoying a day out with my wife in Oban whilst on a short holiday with my family in Scotland. However I managed to follow the game ton TWITTER and as I boarded the West Highland Line train back to Dumbarton (where I was born) we were trailing 14-17 with minutes to go. I lost Signal as we journeyed south through the magnificent lochs, glens and mountains of Argyllshire and was very relieved when I got a signal again and found out that the boot of Tom Ratcliffe had earned us a draw. I have read Phil Stewart’s full report in the Scarborough News today and it looks as if another magnificent defensive display earned us a couple of points. 

For Saturday’s game against Dinnington, Coach Lee Douglas’ team shows several changes from last week; scrum-half Zbynec Schutz and centre Jan Teiber have flown back to the Czech Republic on international duty and Jake Rollinson  and Rich Holmes deputize. Ian Williams is preferred to Mark Hopper at hooker and Tommy Goodman comes in for Paul Taylor. Ryan Pickering, Rob Sutton and Andy Baird are on the bench. Dinnington have made a positive start to the season with three wins out of five games and should provide stiff opposition; last week they too strong for Bridlington at Dukes Park running out convincing 45-17 winners.  Scarborough are by a long way have the meanest defence in Yorkshire One, conceding only 41 points so far this season. However they have only notched up 120 league points so far and have only one bonus point for scoring four or more tries so that’s something to work on. 

The biggest surprise in Yorkshire One last week was Doncaster Phoenix’s 23-20 win at York whilst to a lesser extent the margin of Dinnington’s win at Bridlington and Acklam’s narrow 33-26 home defeat by North Ribblesdale were unexpected. Apart from Scarborough-Dinnington, the other standout fixture this week is the visit of league-leaders York to third placed Wath. If you can’t get up to Silver Royd on Saturday keep in touch with the game on TWITTER at @SN Sport and the game is being covered live by BBC RADIO YORK.


6 Oct





5 Oct

Scarborough led 14-10 at the break thanks to a first half Graeme Jeffery try and three Tom Ratcliffe penalties. A converted try saw Ilkley edge 17-14 ahead in the second half before a fourth Ratcliffe penalty saw the Seasiders extended their unbeaten record with a share of the spoils at 17-17. See the full report online on the SCARBOROUGH NEWS website tomorrow.


2 Oct


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It was great to see such a large turnout for last week’s visit of Bridlington to Silver Royd. I was doing my usual scribbling in the stand and for the first time since the last county game, it was just about full. Mind you when we started to get the sun full in our faces, a lot of people decamped to the clubhouse side of the ground. The main thing though, was the attendance which was no doubt swelled by the ranks of the Brid supporters who had travelled north. The fare dished up on the day was not of the most exciting type and a general lack of ideas from Bridlington and what I can only put down to over-eagerness on Scarborough’s part contrived to produce a pretty unspectacular affair. However it was the third game in a row where Coach Lee Douglas’ charges have dominated but failed to ram home their advantage in the form of more tries. It is early days and the team has yet to get gel, however they are undefeated and sit second in Yorkshire One having moved into the second round of the Yorkshire Challenge Shield and have beaten local rivals Bridlington, so far, so good. 

It is a real blow to Scarborough to have lost skipper Phil Watson sidelined by a broken arm sustained in last week’s clash with Bridlington. The ex-Castleford lock forward has been outstanding this season and he will be sorely missed; these things happen with regularity in the game and as we wish the big man a speedy recovery, I’m sure Coach Lee Douglas will deploy his playing resources to the best possible effect. And it was typical of his attitude to his club and his teammates that flanker Chris Purdy assumed the leadership when Phil left the field. Chris started at Scarborough as a mini-rugby player and has moved through the ranks to become a first XV regular over the last few seasons. His all-action committed displays have made him a firm favourite with the Scarborough faithful. He sustained a nasty injury in the latter stages of last season but has bounced back with some stand-out performances this campaign. Chris or long-serving fullback Graeme Jeffrey would make ideal candidates to fill Watson’s shoes (or should it be boots!) in his absence. 

Lee Douglas has made only one enforced change for Saturday’s game away at Ilkley; Charlie Hoggard comes in for injured skipper Phil Watson in the second row with Rich Scales, former skipper Nick Ingham and veteran prop Jason Lowde on the bench. Scarborough have had little success at Stacks Field over the last few seasons and a win would reverse recent fortunes there and maintain the Silver Royd club’s early season unbeaten run. Ilkley have won three out of their four opening games including last week’s narrow 13-11 win at Heath. A tight game is in prospect and it’ll be interesting to see how the visitors cope with the loss of their influential skipper. 

Biggest surprise of the afternoon last Saturday was the 28-25 home defeat of Wath by visitors Old Brodleians; in an afternoon of changing fortunes in south Yorkshire the men from Hipperholm edged a thriller late in the game. Ilkley (as mentioned above), Selby, York and of course Brods won on the road. Elsewhere there were only three home wins, for Dinnington (Acklam 56-7), Doncaster 29-24 at the expense of Pontefract and Scarborough. On Saturday, North Ribblesdale, Dinnington and Keighley are on the road at Acklam, Bridlington and Old Brods respectively. Whilst Pontefract entertain Wath, Doncaster Phoenix are at league-leaders York and Selby play hosts to Heath. Looks like being another very interesting afternoon in Yorkshire One.




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