Dave Campbell’s on-line column – Bridlington (away)

9 Jan



Last week Coach Lee Douglas’ men started the new year with a narrow but deserved win over a well organized Heath side coached by ex-Rotherham star Kevin Plant who spent several seasons at the top of English rugby. They outplayed the south Yorkshiremen for over an hour of the game but in the later stages, leading 19-6, they conceded a converted try and leading by only six points the game ended in nail biting fashion with a 19-13 victory. The set pieces went well after a shaky start but a lack of penetration and composure once again saw their entire possession and control produce only one try. Craig Farrell limped off at halftime with a hamstring tweak on his return to league action and never really got a chance to bed in with Benji Cottle in the centre. However it was the club’s ninth win of the season and completed the double over Heath. Worth a mention was the fact that Tom Ratcliffe scored all of Scarborough’s points in the 18-11 win at Heath and in the game last Saturday.

This Saturday we travel south along the coast for this season’s third local derby with Bridlington. The men from Dukes Park made a very poor start to the season winning only one of their opening eight league games but have rallied lately winning two of their last five, both at home. Last week they were given a fright by bottom club Acklam but came through 31-16 and on the 7th of December beat Old Brodlieans 26-17. A recent rib injury to star fullback Sizwe Zondo has hampered their progress and it’s not known if he’ll be available on Saturday. Last week the oft-retired veteran Jamie Muru played, so it appears they are struggling for numbers. Skipper Phil Watson’s men played Brid three times in 2013, all at Silver Royd, winning 13-0 in January, then 16-3 in late September and 9-8 in a closely-contested game in the Yorkshire Shield. On their last visit to Dukes Park in September 2012 the Seasiders were on the wrong end of a 22-17 scoreline; having conceded an interception then a penalty try early in the game, tries by Graeme Jeffrey and Tom Racliffe got them back into contention but the home side held on for a valuable win. Craig Farrell misses Saturday’s action with his hamstring injury and the reliable Billy Parker deputizes. Joe Lenton, who made an impressive league debut last week continues on the left wing whilst Tom Ratcliffe moves to fly-half to replace Tom Harrison who has been carrying a quadricep injury, Zbnyec Zchutz is at scrum-half and Harry Domett returns from New Zealand to play on the right wing (see below). Up front, Nino Cutino returns from South Africa to start in the front row whilst Phil Watson skippers the side from the engine room. Tom Harrison, Ryan Pickering and Nick Ingham are on the bench.

 In other senior rugby a strong Vikings lineup which includes Jan Teiber, Mikey Readman, Phil Stewart, Matt Lucas, Mark Hopper and the returning Matthew Else entertain Hull at Silver Royd. Last week the Silver Royd second string thrashed Hull Ionians 46-17 at Silver Royd, their tenth win of the season. Also in action are the Danesmen who are also at home and entertain Humberside outfit Ridings Vikings. All games kick off at 2.15pm.



Harry Domett, who joined the club with compatriot Louis Karl from New Zealand in September 2010 returned to Scarborough last week and having trained plays on the wing at Dukes Park on Saturday. Harry broke an ankle early in his time at Silver Royd but bounced back and scored many valuable tries for the club. Harry and his fiancé who is a local girl left for New Zealand in summer 2012 but both have now returned to the area. I’m really looking forward to seeing him play with countryman Benji Cottle in what is an exciting Scarborough back division. Welcome back Harry!





And finally, I was looking through my personal archive of photographs for the Scarborough News and whilst looking at some pictures taken at a Brid-Scarborough game in 2011, I noticed a character very, very well known to me on the touchline. It was my oldest and best friend Gerry O’Prey who sadly died on the 28th of March 2012. I met Gerry when we both were serving in the RAF in Cyprus in 1963 and we travelled the world together in our subsequent employment and our families and extended families became great friends. He was a passionate Scarborough Rugby supporter and I’m sure that over the years he visited just about every club in Yorkshire and then some. A familiar character at the club and in town, his club mates still miss him, particularly me. 


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