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. 

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