DAVE CAMPBELL’S FROM THE TOUCHLINE COLUMN – ONLINE

2 Oct

DAVE CAMPBELL

2012-10-17 dave

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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NINO CUTINO IN ACTION AT ILKLEY

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