Archive | May, 2014


19 May


Yorkshire 23  Lancashire 29 

By Dave Campbell 

Yorkshire and Lancashire produced a game full of skill, pace and commitment in sweltering conditions at a packed Silver Royd, with the red rose county just edging it with an interception try late in the game.

The opening exchanges were played at a furious pace with perhaps Lancashire having the early edge but Yorkshire quickly tuned to the pace and tempo of the game much to the delight of the crowd basking in the mini heat wave. 

The red rose men exerted pressure on the flanks where wingers Warren Spragg and Oli Brennand were giving their opposite numbers a testing time; however defences held sway and just when it looked as if the first quarter would go scoreless, Brennand scampered down the left touchline before releasing scrum-half Ryan de la Harpe who powered over for the opening score of the game in the 19th minute. Fly-half Chris Johnson added the extras for a 7-0 Lancashire lead.

 Spurred into action Yorkshire redoubled their efforts and drove deep into red rose territory where left wing Chris McTurk danced through a plethora of uncharacteristic Lancashire non-tackles only to be stopped just short of the line in the 21st minute. However the Tykes got their reward five minutes later when they won a five metre scrum near the posts; the ball was moved infield from the base and stand-off Jamie Lennard powered over. The conversion was missed and Yorkshire trailed by a couple of points at 5-7.

 Play swung from end to end throughout the second quarter but Yorkshire grabbed the lead on the stroke of half time when, following a five metre lineout, McTurk pounced on a loose ball and scurried under the posts to score. Lennard added the extras and Yorkshire led 12-7 at the break. 

An exciting second half in which the lead changed hands five times started with a Lancashire try from a drive near the line in the 42nd minute with scrum-half Harpe coming up with the ball. Johnson failed to convert and the scores were tied at 12-12. 

In a fast and furious third quarter of the game, the Tykes grabbed the lead back with a penalty from half way by Lennard in the 46th minute, a further Brennand try converted by Johnson regained the lead at 19-15 for Lancashire in the 55th minute before an unconverted try from a rolling maul for Yorkshire on the hour saw them lead 20-19. 

The seesaw nature of the game continued into the final quarter with Johnson kicking a 68th minute penalty for a 22-20 Lancashire lead. Going into the final ten minutes of the game Yorkshire piled on the pressure in the Lancs 22 but a loose pass saw wingman Spragg intercept and race the length of the field to score in the 72nd minute. Johnson converted to put light between the teams         at 29-20. 

The Tykes laid siege to the Lancashire line but even when the visitors lost a player to the sin bin they just couldn’t get over. A late Jamie Lennard penalty reduced the arrears to six points at 29-23 but time had run out for Yorkshire. 

The Roses protagonists produced a hugely entertaining game worthy of the occasion on another successful and well supported county day at Scarborough Rugby Club.  

The men’s County Championship clash was preceded by the women’s Roses game between Yorkshire Ladies and Lancashire ladies. The game was played in perfect conditions in front of a sizeable crowd including a very vocal and good natured Lancashire Ladies contingent. Yorkshire made the best possible start to the game scoring in their first foray into Lancashire territory and with the conversion added, led 7-0 with only a minute on the clock. Unfortunately it was their only score of the game and Lancashire went on to run in three converted first half tries to lead 21-7 at the break. Although the second half was by no means one sided the red rose ladies went on to score 20 second half points without reply, running out deserved 41-7 winners of an entertaining game.






Dave Campbell’s FROM THE TOUCHLINE Yorkshire Shield Final report

5 May






Ilkley: 38 Scarborough:10

By Dave Campbell 

Scarborough held their own for an hour of an absorbing Shield Final at York but conceded four tries in the fourth quarter of the game as Ilkley stormed to a thrilling six try to one win. 

Ilkley went off like a train and looked as if they would blow the Seasiders away with their powerful running rugby and it was no surprise when they grabbed a 2nd minute lead when No8 Stewart Brewster powered over following a catch and drive. Flyhalf Josh Kimber added the extras for a 7-0 lead, 

The men from Silver Royd weathered the early storm and drove deep into Ilkley territory from the re-start. Under pressure, Ilkley conceded a couple of kickable penalties as Scarborough were driven on by back row Blake Nightingale, industrious scrumhalf Zynec Schutz and centre Craig Farrell. However fullback Tom Harrison failed with both kicks and also miscued a drop-goal attempt. 

Scarborough eventually got their reward in the 20th minute when prop Nino Cutino drove over from a catch and drive wide on the right. Harrison converted to tie the scores at 7-7. The Seasiders continued to press and Domett and centre Benji Cottle were making inroads but not really penetrating a solid defence. Ilkley broke the shackles with half an hour gone and looked dangerous attacking from deep; however they were thwarted on several occasions by Domett, Oxtoby and particularly Nightingale who was in the thick of everything. 

The Dalesmen always looked dangerous and when Scarborough lost possession in midfield, Kimber broke away and swift hands sent fullback Stuart Vincent over in the corner in the 36th minute. Kimber missed the conversion but Ilkley led 12-7. The blistering pace of the game never abated and a superb break through the middle by Farrell on the stroke of half-time looked likely to provide a try for hooker Mark Hopper but referee Andrew Scott pulled play back to halfway for an earlier infringement and Ilkley went to the interval 12-7 at the ahead. 

Harrison kicked a penalty when Ilkley infringed on their own 22 with only two minutes of the second half gone to reduce the arrears at 10-12. The men from Stacks Field struck back almost immediately when prop Tom Baxter was driven over from a catch and drive in the 44th minute. A ding-dong battle ensued with both sides looking to run the ball. Domett, Nightingale and Harrison were making things uncomfortable for Ilkley who were defending on their line for an extended period of time in the third quarter whilst centre Steve Nolson and halfbacks Kimber and Ryan Cooper were always a threat on the break for Ilkley. 

Following a period of pressure, Ilkley infringed in front of their own posts on the hour and Scarborough amazingly turned down the kick which could have seen them reduce the  lead to four points. Having won a penalty in mid-field Ilkley kicked for a five metre attacking lineout; from the catch and drive the ball was moved left and wing John-Henry Johnson strolled over when the Seasiders ran out of numbers. Kimber converted for 24-10 in the 65th minute. Domett was sin-binned for an offence spotted by the touch-judge in the aftermath of the try. 

In the young Kiwi’s absence Ilkley took advantage of their numerical superiority and scrumhalf Ryan Cooper ran in a couple of tries in the 73rd and 78th minutes to produce a somewhat flattering scoreline for the Dalesmen. The Seasiders competed well for most of a terrific game and for periods played some great rugby but a more incisive Ilkley side threatened throughout and were deserved and worthy winners of an exciting final. 

SCARBOROUGH: Harrison Domett Cottle Farrell Jeffrey Stewart Schutz Cutino Hopper Goodman Readman Hoggard Oxtoby Nightingale Else SUBSTITUTES: Fish Taylor Ingham Purdy Ratcliff Rollinson Marshall 

ILKLEY: Vincent Petchey Monks Nolson Johnson Kimber Cooper Cooksey Graham Baxter Burns Small Carolan Davy Brewer SUBSTITUTES: Hutchinson Yale Coates Collard Lovett E.Morgan C.Morgan 

REFEREE: Mr Andrew Scott 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Blake Nightingale (picture ANDY STANDING)


Blake built on recent good performances and turned in a dynamic display on the big occasion. He was immense in defence and was very involved going forward. Good news for the Silver Royd faithful is that the Jersey-born Kiwi has committed himself to Scarborough for the next 12 months. 


To their credit, Scarborough’s 22-man squad left nothing on the paddock after an exciting Shield final and were positively encouraged throughout by a big good-natured travelling support. The forwards held their own and handled the set pieces well whilst the backs played some good rugby but lacked the penetration of their opponents who scored six well-worked tries.



Dave Campbell’s FROM THE TOUCHLINE Yorkshire Shield Final review

3 May



Scarborough travel to Clifton Park tomorrow as underdogs in the Yorkshire Shield final where they take on Yorkshire One champions Ilkley; the west Yorkshiremen have had a great season and just pipped south Yorkshire side Dinnington by a single point to clinch the league. However the Seasiders drew 17-17 with Ilkley at their Stacks Field HQ back in October and went down 6-13 in a close-fought game at Silver Royd having led 6-0 at half time. Ilkley ended the season unbeaten in 19 games and are bang on form, whilst Scarborough stuttered after Christmas before picking up in the spring, losing only one of their final six games. Skipper Phil Watson misses tomorrow’s game through injury but Craig Farrell is fit and joins Benji Cottle in the centres; Benji will play his last game for the club before moving to Scotland. Also departing after this game is fullback Tom Harrison who departs for Australia next week and possibly prop Nino Cutino who is contemplating a move to Hull. But I’m sure that’ll be the last thing on the minds of these players as they run out at York tomorrow. It’ll also be a memorable day for veteran prop Tom Fish who is on the bench joining Paul Taylor, Ryan Pickering, Nick Ingham, Chris Purdy, Tom Ratcliffe and Joe Marshall. I expect a close game akin to the previous meetings between the teams this season with quarter neither being asked or given and think of this; the last time Scarborough reached the shield final they were runaway Yorkshire Two champions, had gone twenty odd games without defeat and had a few weeks before beaten their opponents in the final Sheffield Tigers; Tigers won the final 18-6. Could the roles be reversed in the case of Scarborough and Ilkley this time?











The other big local rugby union news this week was the signing of ex-Scarborough player Darren Fearn by Aviva Premiership club Sale Sharks. Darren was previously with Newcastle Falcons and Bedford Blues and is looking forward to moving back north. I ‘wet his head’ when he was born and have followed his progress since, look forward to see this likeable young man progress at his new club. All the best Daz!


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