Can Scarborough bounce back at Wath today?

29 Mar



I’m writing this column a bit later than usual this week on the morning of Scarborough’s game at Wath-upon-Dearne.  Following surgery a month or so ago, I’m able to drive locally but distance is impossible so Scarborough’s rugby photographer supreme Andy Standing is taking me down to south Yorkshire this afternoon.  And the visitors will be looking for a vast improvement on last week’s woeful performance against strugglers Pontefract at Silver Royd when the west Yorkshiremen fully deserved their 14-3 victory in wintry conditions. The Seasiders had five changes from the side that beat Selby 36-33 to reach the final of the Yorkshire Shield the previous week but that was no excuse for a less than spirited performance. For today’s game Graeme Jeffrey starts on the wing whilst in the forwards Blake Nightingale and Matty Oxtoby come into the back row with Charlie Hoggard at lock and Tommy Goodman starting in the front row. Veteran prop Tom Fish, Mikey Readman and Joe Marshall are on the bench. In the corresponding fixture at Silver Royd, Wath ran out 16-8 winners of a close-fought game with fly-half Andy Appleyard being their man of the match. Blake Nightingale scored Scarborough’s only try in the first half of the game. Coming into today’s game the south Yorkshiremen have had mixed fortunes in their previous two, going down to a heavy 34-15 defeat at North Ribblesdale and last week beating third placed Doncaster Phoenix 17-12 at home. The form book favours the home side this afternoon; however can Scarborough, still smarting from the criticism which followed last week’s game, bounce back and surprise Wath as they did with a much-reshuffled side last season at Moor Road where an injury time Nino Cutino try snatched an unexpected but deserved 22-18 win? 

Elsewhere, the ‘match of the day’ in Yorkshire One will be second-placed Ilkley’s game at league-leaders Dinnington which should be a cracker, Locally, the Vikings travel to Driffield whilst the Danesmen entertain Driffield at Silver Royd; kick-off 3pm.

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