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

22 Nov




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.


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


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