Archive | November, 2013

Dave Campbell’s FROM THE TOUCHLINE column on-line. Wath home

28 Nov

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 ACTION FROM LAST WEEK’S GAME BETWEEN PONTEFRACT AND SCARBOROUGH

Although I’ve at times over the years criticised referees, I know we just couldn’t have a game without them. Over the last month or so I have seen referees constantly harped at from the touchline and in the case of Old Brods, from the players on the paddock. Three weeks ago at Brods, referee John Wolstenholme was vilified by the crowd and players when he awarded Scarborough a try in injury time when everyone with the exception of him had ‘seen’ Benji Cottle lose possession in the act of scoring. I was behind the dead ball line behind the posts with rain lashing into me and couldn’t say if the people at Hipperholme were right or wrong but as we all know the referee is the final arbiter of fact and time so he must have been right! Last week at Pontefract referee Steve Hayne was assailed from the stands with cries of “get the backs onside” and “look behind you” at every scrum and ruck. I think they must watch far too much telly where referee’s and touch judges are wirelessly connected and manage the match between them. Unfortunately at level seven we neither have teams of officials or referees with eyes in the back of their heads so we have to manage with what we’ve got. Now I’m no angel but if we can all give the ref’s lug‘oles a rest on Saturday, maybe the poor bloke can concentrate on the difficult job at hand.

Scarborough’s defeat at Pontefract last Saturday was only the west Yorkshiremen’s third win of the season and Coach Lee Douglas’ men turned in a more than lack lustre performance; they conceded three tries with less than half an hour on the clock and played catch-up for the rest of the game. They have in some of their games been the league’s comeback kings this season but having trailed 5-15 at the break they could only manage one more try in the second half and ‘Ponte’ deserved their win. The Ponte Coach informed me that it was the strongest side they have been able to field all season due to injury and perhaps the Seasiders had taken their challenge too lightly. That certainly won’t be the case tomorrow; Wath-upon-Dearne are having a good season and are third in the league with thirty-five points, three more than Scarborough. However, they’ve lost their last two games on the road, at fast-improving Dinnington (24-17) three weeks ago and 32-16 at Doncaster Phoenix last Saturday. Last season the men from Silver Royd did the double over Wath winning 22-18 with an injury-time try from Nino Cutino away from home in November and scored five tries in a 33-13 win here at Silver Royd in April. Both sides will look to bounce back from last week’s disappointments so a hard-fought close game is in prospect. For Saturday’s game Jan Teiber returns in the centre with Tom Ratcliffe coming in for Andy Baird on the wing. Up front Tommy Goodman starts in the front row, Nick Ingham is in the engine room and Chris Purdy starts at open-side flanker. Mikey Readman, Ryan Pickering and Jake Rollinson are on the bench.

Elsewhere, the Vikings are on the road at Hull where brothers Rory and Jordan Day will play for the Silver Royd second string. The club’s veteran’s side, The ‘Gulls’ are also on their travels with Leeds their destination. They take on Roundhegians and boast a star-studded line-up of former first teamers including Steve Hopper, Jason Lowde, Bill Freeman, Marcus Edwards, Craig Farrell and many more. All three games kick-off at 2.15pm.

Apart from the Scarborough-Wath clash at Silver Royd, the pick of tomorrow’s Yorkshire One action is at Ilkley where the home side take on Dinnington. Ilkley have won their last four on the bounce whilst their south Yorkshire opponents have won their previous five; so they outcome is anybody’s guess. Elsewhere Heath, Keighley and Pontefract entertain North Ribblesdale, Doncaster Phoenix and York respectively. At the bottom of the table Bridlington are at Selby and Acklam travel to Old Brodleians.

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PONTEFRACT-SCARBOROUGH – The full report

26 Nov

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ZYBNEC SCHUTZ STOPS PONTEFRACT HOOKER ANDY SMITH

   Pontefract  15  Scarborough  10 

By Dave Campbell 

Referee: Mr Steve Hayne (Central Yorkshire Society) 

Scarborough stumbled to their second defeat of the season at struggling Pontefract where they never recovered from a woeful first half performance which saw their much-vaunted defence concede three tries in the opening half hour and their one dimensional repost lacked the guile and penetration to breakdown a defence which had conceded an average 32 points per outing before this game. 

Pontefract won the toss and set Scarborough to play the first half into a sun low in the sky; however skipper Tom Harrison’s kick-off was perfectly judged and fielded by Matty Young. The young winger galloped away down the touchline but when tackled, a Scarborough player went off his feet at the ruck and the west Yorkshiremen cleared their lines from the ensuing penalty. 

Slick handling by the home threequarters on halfway took them into the Scarborough 22 and from an attacking lineout centre Matthew Bacon waltzed over to open the scoring in the 3rd minute. Fly-half Scott Boyd hit the upright with his conversion attempt and Pontefract led 5-0. 

Scarborough were struggling to get into the game as their first phase possession was severely curtailed due to an almost complete lack of lineout possession. This part of the Seasiders’ game has been a shambles all season and it is hard to see how they can progress without vast improvement. 

Pontefract were flying at this stage and some excellent handling in mid-field had the visiting defence struggling. And when Scarborough lost possession wide on their left, several missed tackles saw centre Craig Fawcett cross for his side’s second try and a 10-0 lead in the 17th minute. Boyd missed the conversion. 

Pontefract were proving a threat running from deep and when his Scarborough opposite number missed his tackle, winger Jordan Gill darted from 22 to 22 where subsequently the Seasiders conceded a lineout. Not for the first time in the half lock Carl Smith plucked the ball from the air and No8 Guy Pickets brushed aside three defenders to touch down in the 27th minute. Boyd again was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt. 

Scarborough were holding their own at the set scrum and when the home eight were penalized for illegal wheeling. Harrison’s kick set up a lineout five metres from the home line. Pontefract were penalized following a catch-and-drive and No8 Matthew Else got the touch as the scrum was driven over in the 35th minute. Ratcliffe missed the conversion but the deficit was cut to ten points at 15-10. Scarborough continued to press and ended the half deep in home territory. 

Pontefract declined a kickable penalty in the opening minute of the second half, electing to kick to the corner but their efforts were repulsed as they went for a bonus point-winning fourth try. However skipper Tom Harrison’s men had the better of the possession in the opening minutes of the half and when Pontefract infringed at a scrum in their own 22, Scarborough chose to re-set and Cottle was sent over in the corner from short range in the 49th minute. Ratcliffe failed to close the gap further with his conversion attempt. 

Cottle was causing problems for the home defence but perhaps with the exception of fullback Graeme Jeffrey, he seemed to be the Seasiders only real threat and without support and runners he was often isolated. Ratcliffe, who had left his kicking boots back on the coast, missed a penalty head on the posts in the 57th minute. The fourth quarter of the game saw the visitors striving for a try to save the game and Cottle went close on a couple of occasions; however they were severely hampered by a non-functioning lineout and some uncharacteristically poor handing. The comeback kings just couldn’t do it on this occasion and a plucky home side hung on for a well-deserved win. 

Coach Lee Douglas’ charges will have to urgently sort out their lineout; it’s a vital source of first phase possession and they’re getting almost nothing from what should be a productive facet of the game. There wasn’t a single goal kicked by either side on a perfect day for kicking and Scarborough could have won this game had they been successful with 50% of their kicks. 

SCARBOROUGH: Jeffrey Young Cottle Ratcliffe Baird Harrison(capt)) Schutz Taylor Hopper Pickering Readman Hoggard Ingham Nightingale Else  SUBSTITUTES: Fish Purdy Rollingson (all used) 

PONTEFRACT: Nowak Hodgson Bacon Fawcett Gill Boyd(capt) Matthews Griffin Smith Maw Fenton Smith Hargreaves Scott Picketts SUBSTITUTES: Perkins Dean Hill

Dave Campbell’s FROM THE TOUCHLINE column on-line – Pontefract away

22 Nov

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SCARBOROUGH IN ACTION AT PONTEFRACT

After the Lord Mayor’s Show………..

An absorbing contest between Scarborough and Halifax in the league two weeks ago was followed by a damp squib of a Yorkshire Shield 2nd round game at Silver Royd against neighbours Bridlington last Saturday.  Three first half penalties from Tom Ratcliffe was scant reward for forty minutes of dominance in which skipper Tom Harrison’s men should have been 30 points to the good. Leading 9-3 at half-time I felt if they could get another score, Scarborough would run away with the game. However, old habits returned and Brid completely dominated the second half and were unlucky not to have won the game. A try by prop Ezra Luxton on the hour reduced the arrears to a single point and only a superb defensive effort maintained Scarborough’s interest in the trophy as they hung on for a 9-8 win and a home tie against Guisborough in the New Year.  As I commented in the Scarborough News yesterday, for much for the first half we were in possession but not in control; by that I meant we lacked composure and someone who can run (manage) the game when we are in possession. In other words we got over excited when we got in the ‘red zone’ and need someone to direct the action; a leader! That, I’m sure, would bring us some four try hauls and bonus points as the season progresses.

Pontefract

It’s back to league action as Coach Lee Douglas’ men travel to Pontefract for a 2.15pm kick-off tomorrow. Zybnec Schutz and Jan Teiber return from international duty in Prague, the former slots straight back in at scrum-half and the later plays in the Vikings. Tom Ratcliffe replaces Billy Parker in the centre and Andy Baird comes in on the wing. Up front Charlie Hoggard return from injury in the second row replacing Matty Oxtoby who is unavailable for the next three weeks. Chris Purdy is fit again and joins Jake Rollinson and veteran prop Tom Fish on the bench.    Pontefract have won only two games this season, Brid 48-31 on the opening game of the season and Selby 38-29, both at home. Significantly, their defeat of Selby was in their last home game and against the only side to have beaten Scarborough this season. The west Yorkshiremen have scored as many points as Scarborough (225) but have conceded 186 points more than the Seasiders who have the best defensive record in the league having conceded only 140. With Scarborough in fourth and Ponte third from bottom of the league, form would suggest an away win but skipper Harrison and co will have to play for the full eighty minutes to achieve that and maintain their challenge in Yorkshire One.


 

Yorkshire One

Top clash in tomorrow’s Yorkshire One programme is the visit of league-leaders Wath to Doncaster Phoenix who slipped from top spot with their defeat at Scarborough two weeks ago. Elsewhere second placed Ilkley visit Dukes Park to play relegation threatened Bridlington, York entertain Old Brodleians and Dinnington host Heath. Bottom club Acklam who were thrashed 74-14 by Ilkley in their last outing are at home to Selby and Keighley travel to Settle to take on North Ribblesdale. As usual you can follow Scarborough at Pontefract on the Scarborough News Twitter feed @SN_Sport where I’ll be reporting or if you have a look on yorkshirerugby.net you’ll find updates on all Yorkshire One fixtures throughout the afternoon.

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning & Christmas Fair – tomorrow 10am until 2pm

This Saturday Scarborough RUFC is hosting their annual Christmas Fair and Coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research There’s a wide range of stalls so you can do your Christmas shopping with crafts, gifts, cards, flowers and so much more.  To top it off there is also a cake-baking competition where a number of rugby players at the Club will be showing off their skills with Celebration Cakes to be judged by Tracey Carey and Gill Warburton. Refreshments will be available on the day and we hope you can join us to help raise some money for such a worthy cause; Admission is £1.50

 

FULL REPORT ON SCARBOROUGH-BRIDLINGTON SHIELD 2ND ROUND

22 Nov

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MAN OF THE MATCH: MATTY YOUNG

Scarborough: 9 Bridlington: 8

 

By Dave Campbell

 

Following last week’s hugely entertaining cracker with Doncaster, this Yorkshire Challenge Shield 2nd round tie with Bridlington was a real damp squib. Scarborough should have been 30 points clear at halftime but failed to turn their overwhelming dominance into points whilst Bridlington whose second half performance merited a win, ended up losing the game by the narrowest of margins.

 

Scarborough swarmed all over the visitors in the opening exchanges with centre Benji Cottle almost performing a repeat of his score last week; however he lost the chase for a lovely chip through in the 2nd minute. The young Kiwi centre was really buzzing and only some committed tackling by the Bridlington defence kept their line intact. However when the men from Dukes Park infringed just inside their own 10 metre line wingman Tom Ratcliffe hoofed over the long distance penalty for a 3-0 lead in the 4th minute.

 

Not for the first time this season a bit of composure in attack would have served Scarborough well as they pinned the visitors in their own 22 and with cooler heads they could have been out of sight by half time. Bridlington had very little possession during the first quarter but just couldn’t get out of their own half. And when danger man Ziswi Zondo was released he found the attentions of Scarborough winger Matty Young suffocating.

 

Skipper Tom Harrison’s men continued to press but their only reward came in the form of a penalty in the 14th minute when Brid were caught offside and Ratcliffe chipped over the penalty for 6-0. And ironically the visitors scored on their first incursion into Scarborough territory. A Brid kick into the home 22 was fielded and marked by Harrison who took the kick quickly but failed to find touch; from the ensuing play Scarborough were penalized for not rolling away from a tackle and Brid Scrum-half Stevie Mellonby reduced the arrears to three points with his 35 metre kick in the 17th minute.

 

Scarborough had a myriad of chances in the second quarter stemming from dominance in the set scrum, long touch kicking from Harrison and incisive running from Cottle. A driving maul wide on Scarborough’s right in the Bridlington 22 provided ball for Harrison to launch a huge cross field kick to Ratcliffe on the left touchline. He fielded it cleanly but lost his balance in the tackle on the line and the chance had gone. However they nudged 9-3 ahead in the 38th minute when in a blatant professional foul, a Bridlington player just walked offside at a maul in front of his own posts. Ratcliffe took the three points for a 9-3 lead.

 

I don’t know what was in their half-time drink but Bridlington came out all guns firing in the second half particularly fullback Zondo whose electric injections of speed were proving incisive. Like Scarborough in the first half the visitors had great purpose but little composure. They did began to dominate the scrum with props Adam Dixon and Ezra Luxton in good form, however, too often the visiting eight were allowed to illegally wheel the scrums with impunity.

 

 

During this period Scarborough’s defence was, as usual, determined and unflinching deploying all hands to the pump. Hooker Mark Hopper, Matty Oxtoby, flanker Blake Nightingale and No8 Matthew Else were the pick of the forwards. Behind them, fullback Graeme Jeffrey whose great cover tackle prevented a certain try in the 55th minute, Harrison, Billy Parker and particularly Matty Young earned the plaudits in the backs. However they completely lost their shape as an attacking force and struggled mightily to get out of their own half without success.

 

Something had to give and when Mellonby kicked a penalty into the corner five metres from the home line, a catch-and drive saw prop  Luxton drive over on the narrow side to score in the 61st minute. Mellonby missed the difficult touchline conversion. It was the visitors turn to swarm all over Scarborough and great runs by Zondo, centres Ryan Girking and Martin Robinson were augmented by powerful charges from Luxton and Dixon whilst big Callum Cappleman in the second row made his presence felt.

 

As it was, a great defensive scrum in front of their own posts saw Scarborough clear their lines and get into the Brid half. At a subsequent scrum on their own line deep into injury time, the visitors’ infringed and Harrison kicked the ball dead to end the game.

 

SCARBOROUGH: Jeffrey Young Cottle Parker Ratcliffe Harrison Rollinson Pickering Hopper Taylor Oxtoby Readman Ingham Nightingale Else SUBSTITUTES: Goodman Sutton Stewart (all used) Williams

 

BRIDLINGTON: Zondo Davies Girking Robinson Stevens Terewi Mellonby Luxton Freeman Dixon Cappleman Murray Adams Sutton (capt) Thomson SUBSTITUES: Daka Stirk Heeley Brown.

 

DAVE’S VERDICT

A not very entertaining ‘game of two halves.’ In their periods of ascendency both sides were in possession but not in control. A bit of cool headed game management was needed in a frenetic affair.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Matty Young

In a game where defences took all the plaudits, the young winger was in great defensive form and his tackling; particularly on Brid man of the match Ziswe Zondo was outstanding.

 

THE KEY FACTS:

 

SCARBOROUGH: GOALS: Tom Ratcliffe (3 penalties)

 

BRIDLINGTON: TRY Ezra Luxton GOAL: Stevie Mellonby (penalty)

 

 

Scarborough RUFC 1st team squad statistics WEF 15 November 2013

15 Nov

STATS FOR SCARBOROUGH FIRST TEAM SQUAD (LEAGUE) 2013-14 (Including 9th November  2013)

NAME

APPEAR

ANCES

MOM

TRIES

CONS

PENS

DROP

GOALS

TOTAL POINTS

RATCLIFFE

10

3

11

13

76

LUCAS

5

COTTLE

9

2

9

45

TIEBER

8

JEFFREY

9

1

4

20

HARRISON

10

1

1

4

7

34

SCHUTZ

9

2

 10

CUTINO

8

1

2

10

HOPPER

7

1

WILLIAMS

3

GOODMAN

7

WATSON

4

READMAN

9

1

5

PURDY

9

1

1

5

NIGHTINGALE

9

1

5

ELSE

2

5

DALEY

1

GLEDHILL

1

GRAY

3

HOLMES

1

HOGGARD

2

1

LOWDE

2

STEWART

1

ROLLINSON

4

SCALES

1

TAYLOR

5

1

5

YOUNG

6

INGHAM

2

PICKERING

4

SUTTON

5

BAIRD

1

OXTOBY

2

TOTALS

26

15

20

225

STATS BY DAVE CAMPBELL 

Dave Campbell’s FROM THE TOUCHLINE column on-line BRIDLINGTON home

15 Nov

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TOM HARRISON IN ACTION AT BRIDLINGTON

Last week a couple of late Tom Harrison penalties secured a 26-23 victory over Yorkshire One high-flyers Doncaster Phoenix here at Silver Royd and it was the latest in a series of last-gasp clinchers. A late fight-back in the game with North Ribblesdale saw Tom kick an injury-time penalty to earn a 21-21 draw, followed a week later by a Benji Cottle try in the 80th minute for a 23-22 escape at Old Brods having been 0-22 down at half-time. Thrilling as it has been, it would be better for my nerves and the old ticker if the Seasiders could secure a more comprehensive win one of these days. However, as we all know Yorkshire One is a very competitive league with just about anyone able to beat who is put in front of them on any given Saturday, with the possible exception of Acklam. On Saturday we have a break from league action but no respite in a series of nip and tuck games with the visit of local rivals Bridlington in the Yorkshire Challenge Shield. The men from Dukes Park had only won one league game (Acklam away) up to a fortnight ago but they are now staging a league revival with consecutive victories over Keighley (20-16) at Dukes Park and away at Heath (20-15) last Saturday. Their other win was back at the end of August when they progressed in the Shield at the expense of Barnsley, winning 18-17 at Shaw Lane. Coach Lee Douglas’ charges moved into the 2nd round of the competition with a 44-7 win at Yorkshire Two newcomers Old Rishworthians on the same day. The winners of Saturday’s clash have been drawn at home to either Bradford Salem or Guisborough in the quarter final of the competition.

Last week I wrote about the curse of the Scarborough captaincy with Phil Watson, Nino Cutino and Chris Purdy sidelined by injury. Last Saturday Tom Harrison took the armband and bucked the trend scoring the winning points in the Doncaster Phoenix game with a late penalty and was made man-of-the-match; most importantly of all, he ended the game uninjured and plays at fly-half today. However Zbynec Schutz and Jan Teiber have travelled home on international duty this weekend and are replaced by Jake Rollinson and Billy Parker at scrum-half and centre respectively whilst Matty Oxtoby who impressed as a substitute against Brods and Doncaster, starts in the second row.  Being a Yorkshire Shield Game there are four players on the bench; Tommy Goodman, Ian Williams, Rob Sutton and Phil Stewart. Earlier in the season Scarborough won a somewhat dour league encounter 16-3 between the clubs at Silver Royd. 

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JAMIE MURU IN ACTION AT ACKLAM 

A little bird has told me that veteran flyhalf and team coach has left his post. This is an unconfirmed report and it does seem strange as the men from Dukes Park have just won a couple of games in a row. However, if it is true it may have an adverse affect Bridlington on their trip to Silver Royd tomorrow.

And of interest to followers of Yorkshire One rugby is the news that Doncaster Phoenix No8 Chris Planchant who was the south Yorkshiremen’s man of the match at Silver Royd last Saturday and scored a try in his club’s 26-23 defeat by Scarborough, has been re-signed by Doncaster Knights. He has been called up for tomorrow’s first versus second clash when league leaders Esher travel to Doncaster’s Castle Park for tomorrow’s 12:30pm kick-off. So for Chris it’s Yorkshire One last week and National One and Knights’ supporters are glad to have him back as the following appeared on the Knights’ website this week Great to see Planchero back. There must be a distinct possibility he’ll get to his 100 appearances.” 

 

SCARBOROUGH-DONCASTER PHOENIX FULL REPORT

15 Nov

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   Scarborough: 26 Doncaster Phoenix: 23

 

By Dave Campbell 

Referee: Mr George Sheild 

Scarborough turned in their best performance of the season in a cracker of a game with league Leaders Doncaster Phoenix at Silver Royd, coming from 15-23 behind late in the game to snatch victory with a late penalty.  The sides shared six tries and produced a thriller which was a great advert for Yorkshire One rugby. 

Reports on the size of their opponents had not been exaggerated and apart from a couple of players the south Yorkshiremen towered over the home side. Scarborough had an early chance to grab the lead when the visitors were penalized at the first scrum of the game within a minute of the start but wing Tom Ratcliffe kicking from wide on the Scarborough left scraped an upright and the scoresheet remained blank.  

Following that early let off Phoenix looked to dominate with a mixture of physicality around the paddock and a well organized mauling pack and it was no surprise when fly-half Ben Miller kicked them into the lead in the 10th minute when Scarborough drifted offside in front of their posts. The visitors’ lead was however short lived and following good work by No8 Matty Else on the Phoenix 22, they infringed at a ruck and Ratcliffe kicked his side level at 3-3 with a far from easy penalty in the 13th minute.

The action was fast and furious in midfield with ex-Saracens and Doncaster Knights centre Andy Ellis proving a threat through the middle and some howitzer-like kicking from Harrison turning the visitors’ big forwards and putting their back three under pressure. And when centre Benji Cottle send Ratcliffe motoring up the left wing only an illegal tackle stopped the big winger from scoring. However, now camped in the Doncaster 22, Scarborough were awarded a penalty near the line which they took quickly; a mix up in the Phoenix defence saw the ball ricochet into the hands of scrum-half Zybnec Schutz who powered over for an 8-3 Scarborough lead in the 18th minute. Ratcliffe failed to convert. 

Phoenix, who were the best side I’ve seen at Silver Royd so far this season came straight back with a series of powerful driving mauls and only when they were penalized deep in the home 22 for obstruction was the danger averted. However following a superb take at an attacking lineout by second row Ollie Johnson, a driving maul rumbled forward once more and when the ball was moved infield ex-Doncaster Knights No8 Chris Planchant drove over between the uprights. Miller added the extras for a 15-8 lead in the 34th minute. 

Scarborough were absolutely butchering their own lineouts and had to repulse a series of driving mauls which was the visitors’ main weapon of choice. However a magnificent defensive effort by a cast of fifteen kept the home line intact. And just when it seemed as if the Seasiders would settle to keep the visitors lead to seven points at the break, they pulled a try right out of the top drawer. For the only time in the half, Phoenix made a mess of their own lineout on halfway; Else was onto it in a flash and the ball was moved infield through hands to Cottle who broke and chased his own raking grubber kick to outpace two defenders and get the touch on a thrilling try on the stroke of half-time. Ratcliffe converted to level the scores at 15-15. 

Phoenix made a great start to the second half and great work by their back row with Planchant and open-side Ryan Peacey linking with Miller and Ellis in midfield took the south Yorkshiremen deep into home territory where they won a penalty head-on to the posts and Miller nudged his side 18-15 ahead with only four second half minutes on the clock. They were on a roll and when they won a catch and drive five metres out, Miller was on hand to cash in on his forwards work but failed to convert and Doncaster led 23-15 in the 52nd minute. 

As the game went into the fourth quarter the visiting leviathans appeared to tire and Scarborough’s youthful rotating front row of Tommy Goodman, Mark Hopper, Paul Taylor and Ryan Pickering were putting their much-vaunted but tiring opposite numbers under increasing pressure. And from clean possession mid-way in the Doncaster half, a sweeping threequarters move was stopped just short of the visitors line; however Taylor, up in support, powered over in the 65th minute to reduce the arrears to three points. Ratcliffe missed the difficult conversion. 

In a pulsating finish Harrison equalized at 23-23 with a 72nd minute penalty from 35metres and five minutes later it looked as if Cottle had gone over for his second try of the game but Mr Shield judged his effort held-up. A frenetic finish saw the ever industrious Schutz go near, then a visiting player was sin-binned for a professional foul before Harrison clipped over the winning penalty following the yellow carding.  The excitement wasn’t yet over as Scarborough had to defend a five metre scrum in front of their own posts deep in injury time but it wasn’t to be Phoenix’s day and Harrison cleared his lines following great work by his forwards. 

A totally committed performance saw the re-shuffled Scarborough team end the fitter of the sides. Halfbacks Harrison and Schutz had a great afternoon whilst pick of a buzzing back division were fullback Graeme Jeffrey, Cottle and wingman Matty Young. Up front the youthful front row plus Taylor, Oxtoby, Nightingale, Ingham and Else excelled. For Phoenix, Ellis, Miller, Peacey and Planchant took the plaudits. 

SCARBOROUGH: Jeffrey Young Cottle Tieber Ratcliffe Harrison(CAPT) Schutz Taylor Hopper Goodman Hoggard Readman Ingham Nightingale Else SUBSTITUTES: Pickering Oxtoby (both used) Rollinson (not used) 

DONCASTER PHOENIX: Stuart Thomas Greenslade Ellis Oakley Miller Elliott Lowcock Ackinson Morris Owen Johnson Bryne Peacey Planchant SUBSTITUTES Plevey Brocklehurst Watts

 

THE KEY FACTS:

SCARBOROUGH: TRIES Schutz, Cottle and Taylor GOALS: Ratcliffe (penalty/conversion) Harrison (2 pens)

DONCASTER PHOENIX: TRIES Miller (2), Planchant GOALS: Miller (2 pens/conversion)

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