From the touchline – Dave Campbell’s on-line column – Keighley home

11 Apr

CRAIG FARRELL (SCORING AT SILVER ROYD) RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW

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PICTURE DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough’s opponents Keighley travel to Silver Royd tomorrow in the second relegation spot in Yorkshire One although they have been in good form lately having won five of their last eight league games. And the west Yorkshiremen still have plenty to play for; if Pontefract loose at Bridlington tomorrow, then a bonus point win at Silver Royd and from their game with York at Clifton Park in a couple of week’s time would save them from the drop. Having won only two of their first 16 games, Keighley have had a much improved second half of the season and last week beat Wath 17-12 at their Skipton Road ground thanks to tries from back row Dave Pullen, Danny McGee and winger Sam Walker. Skipper Phil Watson’s men beat Keighley 17-10 in the opening fixture of the season with tries from Benji Cottle and Nino Cutino in an entertaining game played in a great spirit. For Scarborough there are several changes from the side that beat York 36-14 last week. Craig Farrell and Chris Purdy who sustained injuries in the 36-33 semi-final win at Selby return at inside centre and blindside respectively, Harry Domett starts on the wing and Tom Fish, Mikey Readman and Jan Tieber are on the bench. Joe Marshall and Matty Oxtoby are unavailable. Other Good news on the injury front is that Tom Ratcliffe who was injured at Selby returns in the Vikings who also entertain Keighley tomorrow; the Danesmen travel to Pocklington.

ZYBNEC SCHUTZ IN ACTION AGAINST YORK

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PICTURE ANDY STANDING

With the game at Silver Royd possibly resolving the relegation issue in Yorkshire One, who finishes the season as champions could also be decided tomorrow. Dinnington who lead the league by one point from Ilkley, entertain fourth placed Old Brods who beat them 21-17 on the road on the first day of the season. Ilkley who are on a 22 game unbeaten run which started back in October last year travel south to Doncaster Phoenix; the west Yorkshiremen have been in tremendous form and I can’t see them slipping up at this late stage. Interestingly the last time Ilkley lost a game was at Old Brods, so one way or another, the men from Hipperholm could have a big say in which club wins this year’s Yorkshire One campaign as champions.

GRAEME JEFFREY IN ACTION AGAINST YORK

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PICTURE ANDY STANDING

A meeting at Twickenham today will look for approval for a radical overhaul of the lower levels of the game below the Premiership and Championship. Scarborough plays at level 7 which will be greatly affected if the proposals are adopted. Leagues including Yorkshire One which presently have 14 clubs will be reduced to 12 which will seriously affect the income of clubs. Promotion and relegation will be retained??? (Thank you very much) but clubs are to be allowed to request exemption from promotion if they have good reason to believe it would be detrimental to finances and infrastructure. It is also proposed that national knockout cup competitions be reintroduced which to me would be a good thing. However for clubs knocked out in the first round of such competitions there are going to be a lot of spare Saturdays. There was supposed to have been consultations with clubs at every level but on enquiring amongst clubs in Yorkshire there is little evidence of it. Finally, we are told that the proposals follow an extensive two-year review of adult competitions by a steering group chaired by John Douglas, and RFU council member from Surrey and including Sally Munday, chief executive of England Hockey; well that’s alright then!  I’ll keep you posted on the latest news on this issue.

MINI FESTIVAL ACTION FROM SILVER ROYD

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PICTURE DAVE CAMPBELL

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