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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.” 

 

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