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.


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