Dave Campbell’s online column FROM THE TOUCHLINE – Nino returns for York

6 Dec

              NINO CUTINO IN ACTION AT ILKLEY

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Scarborough have had a curates egg of a season and having started off with a five game undefeated run, have lost on their last two outings. Two weeks ago they slid to a 15-10 defeat at relegation threatened Pontefract with their poorest display of the season and last week suffered their first home defeat at the hands of title-chasing Wath. These two defeats came off the back of the 26-23 victory over league-leaders at the time Doncaster Phoenix; unpredictable or what!  And things don’t get any easier tomorrow as the Seasiders travel down the A64 to Clifton Park to take to take on similarly unpredictable York who sit one point above them in Yorkshire One. The Minster-men have had a similar sort of season so far, starting off with four straight wins including the 88-7 demolition of Acklam on the opening day. Since then they have lost to all three top of the table clubs Doncaster Phoenix, Ilkley and Wath. However last week they travelled to Pontefract and thrashed the west Yorkshiremen 39-0 collecting a bonus point along the way. Considering that Scarborough could manage a win a Ponte the previous week, things long ominous for Coach Lee Douglas’ men. I can’t remember the last time Scarborough won at Clifton Park but the way results have gone this season, I wouldn’t be altogether surprised if they came away with a win tomorrow.

Surprise news coming from Silver Royd is that talismanic South African prop Nino Cutino returns to action tomorrow. I had understood he wouldn’t return to action until the New Year when he returns from a holiday back in Cape Town. I just hope they’re not rushing him back too soon. The only other personnel change to last week’s squad is the inclusion of Rob Sutton for the injured Charlie Hoggard. Nick Ingham and Mikey Readman start in the second row. In the fixture last season York were 27-13 winners of a lively game. A Tom Ratcliffe try saw Scarborough lead 10-5 in the first half but York came back strongly to grab the points. Nino Cutino was man of the match. Elsewhere in Yorkshire One tomorrow neighbours Bridlington who lost 50-14 at Selby last week entertain a resurgent Old Brodlieans side who only scraped a 19-13 home win over winless Acklam last Saturday. And could Acklam manage their first win of the season when they entertain fellow strugglers Pontefract? You can keep up with the progress of games in Yorkshire One at www.yorkshirerugby.net and Scarborough score updates on the Scarborough News Sport Twitter feed @SN_Sport.

Before last week’s game I saw Nino Cutino having a chat with referee Graeme Hall and jokingly said that it wasn’t often I saw Nino chatting to a referee who wasn’t brandishing a card. Mr Hall replied that he was trying to persuade Nino to try refereeing as it was a far less risky proposition than playing, referring to his thumb injury. However half an hour later the official was on his backside on the Silver Royd paddock having tripped over a Wath player who was on the ground and was receiving the ministrations of two physios. I don’t think he persuaded Nino but the plucky whistler shook of an injury which looked as if it may have caused the game to be abandoned and continued with the game. Well done Mr Hall!

Other senior rugby at the club tomorrow sees the Vikings entertain York at Silver Royd; the Scarborough second string includes the powerful centre pairing of Billy Parker and ex-super league ace Craig Farrell; could the super-fit Graham School teacher be planning another Yorkshire One rugby union comeback!  The Danesmen are also in action; they travel to York to take on York 3rds. The travelling teams meet at Silver Royd at 11am and all games kick-off at 2.15pm.

LAST WEEK’S MAN OF THE MATCH BENJI COTTLE IN ACTION AGAINST WATH

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(PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF ANDY STANDING)

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