29 Aug



It looks as if this blog will be the only place you’ll be able to get any information on Scarborough’s 2nd round tie in the Yorkshire Challenge Shield tomorrow. I’ve scoured the club website (where the game is in the fixture list) and the Scarborough News (online and print) but can find nothing on tomorrow’s apparently covert trip to south Yorkshire. Perhaps in the case of the club, it’s because following the shock departure of Blake Nightingale and Zybnec Schutz earlier this week, the squad has been undermined by the loss of a further two experienced players to add to those who left Silver Royd at the end of last season? I had read earlier in the summer that the club was looking to put a squad together for the coming Yorkshire One campaign, but following the departure of Nino Cutino, Benji Cottle, Chris Purdy and now Schutz and Nightingale to Ireland and Holland respectively, for the time being at least only YDO Tom Chadwick has been added to the squad. As for the Scarborough News, Tom Chadwick’s first column was an enjoyable read and Danny Gregory’s article on the Club’s reunion was informative but even given the club’s low-key approach, it would have been good to see some sort of preview of the game.


As for Tomorrow, the selectors have picked what looks like a mobile fifteen with the potential for scoring tries. In the back division Corey Dennis returns from Singapore to play at fullback with flyers Harry Domett and Joe Marshall on the wings. New skipper Tom Ratcliffe is joined in the centre by Graeme Jeffrey whilst Phil Stewart comes in at scrum-half and new boy Tom Chadwick makes his debut at fly-half. In the forwards, youngsters Mark Hopper and Ryan Pickering join Paul Taylor in the front row with veteran Nick Ingham and Mikey Readman in the engine room. The back row of Chris Sutton, Paul White and Matty Oxtoby are inexperienced in their positions but will benefit from a testing afternoon at Shaw Lane. Tom Fish, Joe Lenton, Jordan Wakeham and A.N. Other are on the bench. It looks as if potentially a lot of tries could come from a fairly experienced back division this season; however a lack of experience and backup could find the forwards struggle if injuries come along and when the weather and grounds deteriorate; however I’m reliably informed that reinforcements are on the way in the form of perhaps two experienced forwards from ‘down under’. We will see.





Scarborough’s last trip to Shaw Lane was for the first league game of season 2012/13 when they came away with a well deserved 33-10 win in sweltering conditions. Tomorrow, only four players remain from the starting line-up that day but if the forwards can win their share of ball, I’m sure they have the backs to finish the job.  A win in south Yorkshire could be the start of another good run in the world’s oldest Rugby Union knock-out competition; perhaps they could go one better this time?



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