Dave Campbell’s FROM THE TOUCHLINE column on-line: Doncaster Phoenix home

8 Nov




Last week’s game at Old Brods saw Scarborough fight back from 0-22 behind at half-time to score 23 second half points without reply and steal the four points from under the noses of our hosts with a controversial late try from Benji Cottle. Both sides played poorly into the elements and up the notorious Hipperholme slope but a fighting second half performance saw our lads do themselves and the small knot of travelling supporters proud. Our winning try was highly controversial as the Brods players and spectators insisted that Benji last control and knocked on in the act of scoring. However south Yorkshire referee, John Wolstenholme had no hesitation in awarding the try and he is the final abetter of time and fact. I’m sure refereeing decisions good and bad even themselves out over the season but I can understand the frustration felt at Hipperholme.

The curse of the captaincy has struck again; with both Phil Watson and Nino Cutino sidelined with fractures, Chris Purdy succumbed to a knee injury at Brods last week and will miss today’s game. I’ve been away this week and don’t know who’ll skipper the side for tomorrow’s visit of league-leaders Doncaster Phoenix but Graeme Jeffrey returns from injury at fullback whilst Jan Teiber partners Benji Cottle in the centres. Tom Ratcliffe is on the wing. In the pack, Charlie Hoggard has recovered from injury and joins Mikey Readman in the engine room. Nick Ingham is drafted into the back row for Chris Purdy. Phoenix are undefeated on the road since they were beaten 13-9 by Ilkley on the opening day of the season. Coach Lee Douglas’ charges are undefeated at Silver Royd so tomorrow’s clash should be a cracker.  Don’t forget tomorrow’s game kicks off at the earlier time of 2.15pm.

Elsewhere tomorrow third-placed Ilkley entertain bottom club Acklam, second-placed Wath who surprisingly lost at Dinnington last week entertain North Ribblesdale and Bridlington, who recorded their second win of the season beating Keighley 20-16, travel to Heath in a relegation battle. Selby, Old Brods and Keighley entertain York, Pontefract and Dinnington respectively.

And finally, if you follow the club’s fortunes on the Scarborough News TWITTER feed you will have seen that I got into a bit of muddle over the score in the game against North Ribblesdale and last week had Brods points tally at 21 and not 22; my sincere apologies. Having taken a wee bit of stick for my arithmetic from YORKSHIRE EXILE who updates the Yorkshire One scores on yorkshirerugby.net I did reply to him that match days for me involved writing a full report, taking photographs, tweeting and finishing off with a video interview with Lee Douglas. This I maintained is a heavy multi-tasking load but if he liked I could always stick a broom where the sun don’t shine and sweep out the dressing rooms if I had a spare minute!

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