Dave Campbell’s on-line ‘From the Touchline’ column – Dinnington away

24 Jan

DINNINGTON IN ACTION AGAINST BRID LAST WEEK – PICTURE MRS S BOTT

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Scarborough and Dinnington had contrasting starts to this season with the Seasiders losing only one of their opening ten games and the south Yorkshiremen losing three of their opening six.  However Coach Lee Douglas’ charges have faltered recently with only two wins in their last seven, whereas Dinnington have lost only two of their last fourteen and now sit comfortably in second place in Yorkshire One with 64 points. The south Yorkshiremen are one of the form teams in the league, having won on their last five outings. Last week they had too much for visitors Bridlington running out convincing 46-5 home winners in south Yorkshire.  Dinnington have lost four games this season, all on the road; at Ilkley, Scarborough, York and at Old Brodleians on the opening day of the season; all before the new year. In the game between the clubs at Silver Royd back in October, Scarborough raced to a 15-6 half-time lead thanks to tries from Kiwis Blake Nightingale and Benji Cottle. Not for the first time this season a re-shuffle in the Scarborough front row led to a loss of domination in the forwards and from having bossed the forward battle the Seasiders struggled. A try from Dinnington No8 Danny Pilkington reduced the arrears in the 66th minute and it was definitely ‘game on’; however a magnificent Scarborough defensive effort instigated by a further re-organization of the front row saw the home side hold on and then almost stretch their four point lead at the death and they were full value for their narrow 15-11 win.  The Scarborough line-up for tomorrow’s game shows only three changes from the side that finished the game back in October and the addition of Jan Teiber and Zybnec Schutz who were on international duty for the first game and the return of young Joe Lenton, who is on the bench, can only be good news. Matty Oxtoby, who has been the find of the year in the second row is unable to travel due to work commitments but will play for the Vikings who take on BP Chemicals at Silver Royd, kick-off 2.15pm.  The Scarborough second string, who have had a successful season and defeated visitors Ilkley seconds 3-0 thanks to a penalty from fly-half Phil Stewart last weekend, field a strong side including Andy Baird, Billy Parker, Rory Day, Tom Fish, Matt Lucas, Stewart and Ian Williams who have all seen action with the first fifteen this season. The Danesmen take on Driffield hoping to continue the form that saw them defeat Withernsea 20-15 at Silver Royd last Saturday. A couple of tries from young Joe Marshall on his senior debut and one for his dad Keith made it a memorable afternoon for the Marshall family.

JOE LENTON IS ON THE BENCH (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

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CRAIG FARRELL (LEFT) CELEBRATES A CORY DENNIS TRY

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Dual-code centre Craig Farrell came back with a bang in a friendly win at Driffield just after Christmas and was in the side that beat Heath at Silver Royd in the first league game of the year. He limped out of the game with a hamstring injury and has been missing since. I know he had hoped to be fit for Saturday but apparently he has yet to fully recovery. A fit ‘Faz’ would, I’m sure give the side a boost for the Yorkshire Shield quarter-final against Guisborough at Silver Royd next week.

Finally, if you read the Scarborough News you will have noted that some pictures of the rugby union by Andy Standing have appeared lately. Andy’s excellent photographs have also been appearing regularly in this column and on the Scarborough Rugby Club website. He had been very involved with football through Scarborough Town but with their unfortunate demise has turned his attention to rugby amongst other sports. He has been highly praised for excellent motor sport photography and I am particularly happy to welcome his contribution to rugby.

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