Dave Campbell’s on-line column – Heath (home)

4 Jan

TOM FISH AT DRIFFIELD

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Happy New Year to all of you; I hope you have a peaceful, healthy and successful 2014. 2013 saw the head coach at Scarborough change hands with Jason Lowde handing over the reins to Lee Douglas in the summer. The former military man has made an impact and the Seasiders lost only once in their opening thirteen outings. Since then they had a hiccup late November/early December losing three games in a row but have since bounced back with a couple of wins on the road.  Harry Domett returned to Scarborough this week and Matty Jones is rumoured to be returning to action at Silver Royd before the end of the season which will be a boost to the club’s ambitions. And with Phil Watson and Nino Cutino returning from injury the second half of the season should prove exciting.  

Today’s visit of Heath is our first home game since the 30th of October and hopefully the weather will be kind to us (the rain has just stopped as I write this). Spirits should be high as last Saturday the team travelled to Kelleythorpe for a festive friendly with Driffield and came away with a creditable 24-21 win. Both sides were a mixture of first teamers and youngsters and an entertaining and absorbing game ensued. Tries from Billy Parker (2), Graeme Jeffrey and a penalty try earned the win: Craig Farrell was man of the match and young Joe Lenton made an impressive first team debut. This afternoon’s visitors Heath, who had a poor start to the season, bounced back in the games before Christmas with an 18-15 win against fellow strugglers Keighley and a resounding 39-22 win over North Ribblesdale. In the corresponding game at Heath back in August Tom Ratcliffe scored all our points in an 18-11 win, bagging a couple of tries and eight points with the boot. Heath have only won one game on the road so far this season, 15-6 at Acklam; however they did draw 24-24 on their visit to Pontefract. Today’s lineup sees youngster Joe Lenton makes his league debut on the wing whilst Craig Farrell returns to league action and teams up with Benji Cottle in an exciting centre pairing. Up front Ryan Pickering, Ian Williams and Paul Taylor start in the front row with skipper Nick Ingham and Matty Oxtoby in the engine room. Chris Purdy, Blake Nightingale and Charlie Hoggard are the loose forwards. Returning skipper Phil Watson, Tommy Goodman and Zybnec Schutz are on the bench. A strong Vikings side are on the road this afternoon at Hullionians and their lineup includes Jan Teiber, Billy Parker, Jason Lowde, Tom Fish, Rob Sutton and Henry Gray who have all seen first team action this season. Both games kick-off at 2.15pm.

I’ve always said that if you cut Tom Fish in half he would have Scarborough RUFC running through him like a stick of our famous rock. I’ve known Tom since he was a colt and his whole hearted attitude towards his rugby and his club have never faltered and he’s still playing in his mid-forties. Last week at Driffield the veteran prop put in the full eighty minutes in an age where the front row is often rotated during a match to keep them fresh and came off to tell me how much he had enjoyed his game. He’s an inspiration to us all and long may he continue!

Weather permitting, Yorkshire One sees several interesting games this afternoon; at Dukes Park, strugglers Bridlington and Acklam are in action whilst in-form Dinnington and visitors York should provide a cracker. Doncaster Phoenix, Keighley and North Ribblesdale entertain Old Brods, Ilkley and Pontefract respectively. Finally Wath play host to Selby. Where ever you are enjoy your rugby today.

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