Dave Campbell’s on-line blog FROM THE TOUCHLINE – YORK HOME

3 Apr

ACTION FROM WATH

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Two weeks ago the Scarborough faithful gathered to see Phil Watson’s men take on Pontefract still celebrating their progress to the final of the Yorkshire Shield. However, they were quickly brought back down to earth as the west Yorkshiremen comfortably won the game 14-3 on an afternoon of wintery showers and bitter cold. What a difference a week makes; last Saturday the Seasiders with only a couple of changes turned up at Wath on a balmy afternoon with the temperature hovering around 18 degrees. They went off like a train and never really looked back. Joe Marshall made his presence felt in the opening minutes with two crunching tackles then played a big part in Tommy Harrison’s try of the season which started off behind his own line, went through Joe and Benji Cottle’s hands before Tom dotted it down at the other end. A try from Graeme Jeffrey and a further ten points from Tom saw them to a 20-5 half-time lead. But as we know a 20-5 half-time lead is nothing this season and was there a nail-biting second 40 minutes to come? Not this time; the big Wath forwards appeared to run out of steam and although Scarborough had a fair bit of defending to do, a try from Jan Teiber put the issue beyond doubt late in the game.  Wath did get an injury-time try to make the scoreline more respectable at 27-10. A pity Scarborough had only one travelling supporter who was Colin Adamson; in addition I was there to write the report for the Scarborough News, Andy Standing supplied the photos, Dave Coates ran touch and injured ‘points magnet’ Tom Ratcliffe was doing his Cecil B De Mille on the video camera; It was the team’s third consecutive away win. Unusually, they are the only club in Yorkshire One to have won more league games on the road (6) than at home (5).  Let’s hope Coach Lee Douglas’ charges can turn on the style shown on their travels on their own patch at Silver Royd on Saturday.

Apart from Scarborough’s memorable win at Wath, the real ‘match of the day’ last week was in south Yorkshire where league leaders Dinnington took on second placed Ilkley who are the Seasiders opponents in the Shield final next month. Coming off a tremendous eleven game unbeaten run, Dinnington went down 19-8 at home, their first defeat since they lost 27-29 to the same team at Stacks Field on the 30th of November last year. This sets up an intriguing conclusion to the season in Yorkshire One with Ilkley playing North Ribblesdale at home (on Saturday) then travelling to Doncaster Phoenix on the 12th of the month. Dinnington are on the road at Selby on Saturday then entertain Old Brods on the 12th. Ilkley play their outstanding league fixture with York at Stacks Field on the 19th of April; a game which almost certainly will determine who is Yorkshire One champions. If Ilkley are champions, Scarborough will be Yorkshire’s representative in next season’s RFU Intermediate knockout competition; something to look forward to.

Two weeks ago the Scarborough faithful gathered to see Phil Watson’s men take on Pontefract still celebrating their progress to the final of the Yorkshire Shield. However, they were quickly brought back down to earth as the west Yorkshiremen comfortably won the game 14-3 on an afternoon of wintery showers and bitter cold. What a difference a week makes; last Saturday the Seasiders with only a couple of changes turned up at Wath on a balmy afternoon with the temperature hovering around 18 degrees. They went off like a train and never really looked back. Joe Marshall made his presence felt in the opening minutes with two crunching tackles then played a big part in Tommy Harrison’s try of the season which started off behind his own line, went through Joe and Benji Cottle’s hands before Tom dotted it down at the other end. A try from Graeme Jeffrey and a further ten points from Tom saw them to a 20-5 half-time lead. But as we know a 20-5 half-time lead is nothing this season and was there a nail-biting second 40 minutes to come? Not this time; the big Wath forwards appeared to run out of steam and although Scarborough had a fair bit of defending to do, a try from Jan Teiber put the issue beyond doubt late in the game.  Wath did get an injury-time try to make the scoreline more respectable at 27-10. A pity Scarborough had only one travelling supporter who was Colin Adamson; in addition I was there to write the report for the Scarborough News, Andy Standing supplied the photos, Dave Coates ran touch and injured ‘points magnet’ Tom Ratcliffe was doing his Cecil B De Mille on the video camera; It was the team’s third consecutive away win. Unusually, they are the only club in Yorkshire One to have won more league games on the road (6) than at home (5).  Let’s hope Coach Lee Douglas’ charges can turn on the style shown on their travels on their own patch at Silver Royd on Saturday.

Apart from Scarborough’s memorable win at Wath, the real ‘match of the day’ last week was in south Yorkshire where league leaders Dinnington took on second placed Ilkley who are the Seasiders opponents in the Shield final next month. Coming off a tremendous eleven game unbeaten run, Dinnington went down 19-8 at home, their first defeat since they lost 27-29 to the same team at Stacks Field on the 30th of November last year. This sets up an intriguing conclusion to the season in Yorkshire One with Ilkley playing North Ribblesdale at home (on Saturday) then travelling to Doncaster Phoenix on the 12th of the month. Dinnington are on the road at Selby on Saturday then entertain Old Brods on the 12th. Ilkley play their outstanding league fixture with York at Stacks Field on the 19th of April; a game which almost certainly will determine who is Yorkshire One champions. If Ilkley are champions, Scarborough will be Yorkshire’s representative in next season’s RFU Intermediate knockout competition; something to look forward to.

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TOM HARRISON AND JAN TEIBER IN ACTION AT WATH

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

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