Archive | February, 2014


28 Feb




Old Brodleians are Scarborough’s opponents at Silver Royd tomorrow and I sincerely hope anyone who travels with them has a better afternoon than I had when I travelled to Hipperholme for the corresponding game back in early November. Playing down the slope and with a gale behind them Brods led 22-0 at half-time and with fullback Tom Ratcliffe off injured, prospects didn’t look to good for Scarborough in the second forty minutes. However with the elements behind them they produced the fight back of the season which was completed when centre Benji Cottle scored in injury time near the corner flag for a 23-22 victory. According to the home support and the Brods players the ball had been dropped in the act of scoring but standing directly behind the posts taking photographs at the bottom of the ground with driving rain in my face, I was completely unsighted; however referee John Wolstenholme awarded a try. Scarborough touch-judge Tim Elliott was immediately surrounded and berated by Brods players for not intervening with the referee and when I pointed out that what they were asking him to do was beyond his remit, I was subjected to a torrent of abuse. I’ve got a thick skin but some of it was beyond the pale including the use of the F word, the C word and a string of racial and personal insults. I wasn’t too bothered but when the game finished I was subjected to further abuse of the same obscene nature by club members and staff as they returned to the clubhouse. I have covered rugby in our fair county for 35 years and love a bit of banter but my treatment on that day reflected badly on our game and Old Brodleians rugby club.

From The Touchline – Dave Campbell’s on-line blog – Old Brods at Home

28 Feb




This season you have no doubt noticed a plethora of superb Scarborough RUFC rugby photographs in the local paper, on the club and this website and in the club programme all credited to Andy Standing. Having been quizzed at the club as to the identity of the prolific snapper, I can reveal that he is a keen and accomplished local amateur photographer who has covered several sports in recent years. A passionate football fan he started taking photographs as a hobby during Scarborough Town’s first season 5/6 years ago. With the demise of Town he turned his attentions to Scarborough RUFC where he has been a regular visitor over the years being the son-in-law of George Anderson a prominent resident of ‘Spooks Corner.’ Andy has done a terrific job so far, travelling as far as Dinnington in the south and Settle in the north and with me out of action lately due to yet another toe amputation; he supplied notes and photographs enabling me to produce reports on both games thus keeping the club in the limelight. 



A largely forgettable game at North Ribblesdale between two average mid-table sides last week saw Scarborough slide to their fourth consecutive defeat on the wrong end of a 9-3 scoreline. Scarborough were, I suppose at a distinct disadvantage following four hours on the road and a late start; up front the scrums and line-outs were not particularly problematic although talismanic back row Matthew Else was a late withdrawal due to illness and substitute Rob Sutton started for skipper Phil Watson who only made it to the ground after kick-off.  Even given the conditions, a very useful back division (on paper) just failed to fire and lacked composure and penetration. Apart from the defeat of Heath in the first game of year, 2014 has so far, been desperately disappointing for Coach Lee Douglas, his players and the Silver Royd faithful. And to be honest, but for a run of good results at the start of the season, they would be fighting for their Yorkshire One survival now. For Saturday’s visit of Old Brods, Graeme Jeffrey returns from injury and plays on the left wing, Phil Stewart comes in at fly-half with Tom Ratcliffe moving to fullback. Harry Domett plays on the right wing. Up front Matty Else, plays at No8 with skipper Phil Watson in the engineroom. Last week ‘Brods’ surprisingly put Selby to the sword with a 41-15 romp at Hipperholme, however they have been unsuccessful on the road lately losing their last four, including a surprise 20-9 defeat at second bottom club Keighley. 

Scarborough’s dismal run continues with defeat at North Ribblesdale

24 Feb





Scarborough’s recent run of poor league form stretched to five consecutive defeats with a hugely disappointing 9-3 reverse at North Ribblesdale yesterday. An uninspiring encounter at a soggy Grove Park failed to produce a single try in eighty minutes of rugby and a losing bonus point was the Seasiders only reward for their almost 200 mile round trip to Settle.

An accident on the A59 delayed the Scarborough players causing a late kick-off and back row Chris Purdy skippered the side in place of Phil Watson who arrived after the start. An early exchange of penalties between North Ribblesdale’s Steve Moon and Scarborough fly-half Tom Ratcliffe saw the sides tied at 3-3 for most of the first half. Both sides went close but the only other first half score came when Moon kicked a penalty on the stroke of halftime for a 6-3 lead. The second half was a turgid affair equally bereft of tries before Moon kicked a late penalty to secure a 9-3 home win.

This was a largely forgettable game between two average mid-table sides but to be fair the conditions were pretty dire following weeks of heavy rain. Scarborough were, I suppose at a distinct disadvantage following four hours on the road and a late start; up front the scrums and line-outs were not particularly problematic although talismanic back row Matthew Else was a late withdrawal due to illness and substitute Rob Sutton started for skipper Phil Watson. Even given the conditions, a very useful back division (on paper) just failed to fire and lacked composure and penetration. Apart from the defeat of Heath in the first game of year, 2014 has so far, been desperately disappointing for Coach Lee Douglas, his players and the Silver Royd faithful.

See my full report now on the Scarborough News website and on Thursday in the print edition of the Scarborough News.




14 Feb

Having lost their last four league games, Scarborough travel to Settle tomorrow to take on North Ribblesdale looking to end that run of poor results. Last week the Seasiders went down 18-28 to Selby despite turning in a reasonable performance and may fancy themselves against a side which has been inconsistent on their own patch, winning four and losing five at their Grove Park HQ this season. Last week they went down 24-5 at home to league leaders Dinnington. In the corresponding game at Silver Royd earlier in the season Scarborough and North Ribblesdale fought out a thrilling 21-21 draw, Coach Lee Douglas’ charges grabbing a point with an injury-time penalty. Tomorrow the backs are the same formation as last week with ex-rugby league star Craig Farrell in the centre. However Douglas tries a new back row combination of Matty Else at Blindside, Blake Nightingale at open side and skipper Phil Watson at No8.


10 Feb



As I rapidly approach my seventieth birthday and have been struggling with several physical ailments over the last few years, I’ve been re-assessing my long association with rugby union, particularly at Scarborough RUFC. Since coming to the town from Hong Kong in 1978 I have been a supporter, committee man, PRO and match reporter for the club. At the start I spent a long period of time chronicling the club’s activities on the field and in a particularly lean period which covered two seasons in the mid-eighties, travelled the length and breadth of our fair county and never saw my heroes, who included the likes of Colin Rennard, Martin Reed, Josh Stewart, Tim Elliott, Rich Pygas and skipper Bob (Chis) Chisholm to mention but a few, win a single game away from Newby. An upsurge of form, saw the club win promotion to Yorkshire One from Two, where we had languished since relegation in our first league season in 1987 and under player coach Grant Lenton we made the final of the Shield for the first time since Pontius was a Pilot; at the end of the last century we also reached the semi-final of the National knockout Shield at Billericay where we lost narrowly. Since then success under coach Dave Beck saw us return to Yorkshire One early in this century (can’t remember the year) and we’ve been there since. The arrival of Kiwi Marcus Edwards around 2000 saw us play perhaps the best rugby in our history and for the first time early in the 2000’s we gained promotion to North One. The retirement of players such as Rob Bell, Peter Woolley, Carl Holdsworth, Andy Holloway and Phil Barker severely impacted on our efforts at level Six the following year and we  were relegated;  and but for the efforts of Dave Beck we would have slipped down to Yorkshire Two. Since then we have been an average Yorkshire One mid-table side and our move to our present home at the brilliant Silver Royd complex hasn’t impacted on that. Following a good start to this season under Coach Lee Douglas where we lost only one of our ten opening games, things have slipped and we have lost all four of our last league outings. However we have progressed to the semi-final of the Yorkshire Challenge Shield at Selby in two weeks time. I did think I was losing interest in the game but reflecting on my post HAVE I HAD ENOUGH? and
as I rewrite this ahead of a toe amputation tomorrow morning which will leave me toeless on one foot, I realise I love the game as much as I ever did but my ardour was dampened by poor health for a while. So I look forward to getting my second breath following this hiatus and coming back for more in the not too distant future. I’m not really sure what I’ll be able to do going forward but I certainly want to continue my long association with our club.


10 Feb






10 Feb




Scarborough: 18  Selby: 28 

By Dave Campbell 

Referee Mr Dave Lindsey                                                                  Attendance 275


Scarborough slid to their fourth consecutive league defeat at a damp, draughty and sparsely populated Silver Royd; however at times they produced some good rugby in a hard-fought encounter with a Selby side which just had the edge on the day. 

Scarborough kicked off in almost identical weather conditions as last week, winning the toss and taking advantage of the stiff southerly wind blowing down the paddock. And fly-half Tom Ratcliffe’s howitzer-like boot was soon pinning the visitors deep in their own territory with a series of massive line kicks. 

Harnessing the elements Scarborough used their kicking game to keep them deep in Selby territory where they won a series of lineouts; however their inability to win vital first-phase possession from this particular set piece saw them fail to take advantage of their territorial possession. 

Returning centre Craig Farrell used his strength and experience to master the soggy underfoot conditions to pressure the visiting defence with a series of bullocking breaks, one of which took him into the 22 where the visitors infringed after the tackle and Ratcliffe kicked the penalty for a 3-0 lead in the 8th minute. Scarboroughwere bossing the set scrums at this stage and when Selby infringed when the home eight struck against the head, Ratcliffe made it 6-0 with the resulting penalty in the 14th minute. 

Unlike last week when Durham/Northumberland One side Guisborough struggled mightily against the elements, a well organized Selby moved the ball well using the wind to hold up their short mid-field passes. And when Scarborough infringed on their own 22 fullback Josh Cruise kicked the penalty from in front of the posts to reduce the arrears to three points in the 17th minute. 

Although both sides coped well, handling was difficult in the conditions and for most of the time running rugby was not an option. Ratcliffe had a chance to stretch the home lead in the 24th minute when Selby were pinged for not releasing but the difficult wide penalty slid across the face of the posts. The lead was extended three minutes later when a Scarborough scrum marched their opponents back to their line and scrum-half Zybnec Schutz powered over. Ratcliffe added the extras for 13-3. 

Shocked into action, Selby re-doubled their efforts and put together several good handling moves with rangy fly-half Dan Porter his halfback partner Neil Francis and centre Teihana Brown in the thick of it. It was all hands to the pumps for the Seasiders with Farrell, Joe Lenton and Matty Else and his busy back row colleagues heavily involved. Something had to give and when a Scarborough player crept offside in front of the posts Cruise reduced the arrears at 13-6 with the penalty in the 34th minute. 

The visitors continued to press and when a massive clearing kick by Ratcliffe went dead at the other end, Selby had a scrum on the Scarborough 22. From the ensuing play fly-half Porter almost made it to the line and when the ball was recycled it was moved wide to left wing Charlton McCoy who strode over in the 40th minute. Cruise couldn’t  make the difficult conversion and Scarborough led 13-11 at the break. 

A turnover saw Scarborough press from early in the second half and only solid Selby defence and a lack of composure prevented a score. However, having weathered the storm the visitors came back and only a great tackle by Ratcliffe stopped inside centre Alex Arthur from scoring. With the wind behind him a clearance from Porter gained his side good field position in the Scarborough half. From a subsequent lineout the ball was moved infield and the big number ten released flanker Sam Cruise to crash over in the 51st minute. Brother Josh added the conversion for Selby to lead for the first time in the gate at 18-13. 

The cracking pace continued with skipper Phil Watson’s men looking to get back into the game and breaks from stand-in full-back Harry Domett, centre Benji Cottle and the irrepressible Craig Farrell pressured a Selby side which never found things plain sailing with the wind behind them.  But when the equalizing try came it was through the forwards, No8 Else powering over following a catch-and-drive in the 59th minute. Ratcliffe failed to convert from the touchline and into the wind and the teams stood at 18 apiece 

Equality for the Seasiders was however short lived and when a Selby chip through was fumbled on the line by Schutz, Brown was on hand to score a very soft try. Josh Cruise struck his touchline conversion beautifully for a 25-18 lead in the 63rd minute.


In a thrilling fourth quarter as Scarborough once more strove for an equalizing try, breaks by Cottle, Nightingale, Farrell and Ratcliffe just couldn’t  produce a score, whilst at the other end wing Ben Hunt went close for Selby. Josh Cruise settled the matter in the visitors favour with three minutes to with a well struck penalty to stretch their lead to 28-10. 

Scarborough played their full part in a game played in very difficult conditions with Ryan Pickering, Phil Watson and Matty Else pick of the forwards. Behind them Farrell, Ratcliffe and Domett shone in the backs. 

SCARBOROUGH: Domett Teiber Cottle Farrell Lenton Ratcliffe Schutz Goodman Hopper Cutino Watson (capt) Readman Purdy Hoggard Else SUBSTITUTES: Pickering Nightingale Lucas 

SELBY: J. Cruise Hunt Brown Arthur McCoy Porter Francis Pocklington Hardy Bell Cobbley Wood Robins S.Cruise RI Brown.