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 www.yorkshirerugby.net .


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.





2013-10-18 VI form TWO

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