FROM THE TOUCHLINE: REVIEW OF YORK AT HOME

26 Sep
PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW

PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW PICTURE: ANDY STANDING

Following a promising start to the season with a Shield win at Barnsley and league wins at Selby and at Silver Royd against a disappointing Wath side, skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men came unstuck last week at Horsforth where Yarnbury were full value for their 25-24 victory; a score-line that flattered the visitors. Although the points were clinched with a penalty goal nine minutes into injury time, few would take issue with the result of a game the home side had dominated.

NICK INGHAM ALSO RETURNS TO ACTION

NICK INGHAM ALSO RETURNS TO ACTION

Tomorrow the Seasiders take on York at Silver Royd and will look for a repeat of the result when the men from Clifton Park made the journey east last April and were put to the sword in a resounding 36-14 Scarborough victory. That win avenged a 27-22 York victory on home soil before Christmas last year. It’s early days yet and York, like Scarborough have two wins and a defeat from their opening games. They had too much for North Ribblesdale, winning 32-13 at Clifton Park on the opening day of the season then went down 22-8 at Old Brods.  They recorded a narrow 20-15 home win over Pontefract last week thanks to tries from debutant prop Dan Coe and veteran winger Billy Cakaunitabua. 

If proof were needed, and it isn’t, that the game here at Scarborough is an amateur affair, the unavailability tomorrow of four first teamers from last week; Matty Else, Joe Marshall, Matty Oxtoby and Ryan Pickering shows the difficulty of getting a settled side at this level. Also missing is first XV stalwart Graeme Jeffrey who broke his hand in training on Tuesday. On the plus side recently returned Tom Harrison, ex-Bridlington man Martin Robinson, youngster Hayden Ogilvie and newcomer Eamon Chapman are in the squad. In fact only TWO players, Ian Williams and Paul Taylor remain from the starting line-up in that 36-14 victory at Silver Royd at the end of last season!

SCARBOROUGH FLY-HALF TOM CHADWICK IN ACTION

SCARBOROUGH FLY-HALF TOM CHADWICK IN ACTION                                            PICTURE: ANDY STANDING

Finally, I had a great evening yesterday at the Scarborough RUFC Annual Sportsman’s Dinner. A superb meal was followed by the hilarious musings of Master of Ceremonies Malcolm Lord and an after dinner speech by Lions and Wales legend Phil Bennett. The diminutive Welshman had the packed Qdos Suite in the palms of his hands with amongst other things, his pithy reminiscences of his early international days, the Lions’ famous series win in South Africa and tales of rough diamond Bobby Windsor. A memorable evening; I’m looking forward to next year’s event already.

RUGBY LEGEND PHIL BENNETT

                        RUGBY LEGEND PHIL BENNETT

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