FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL Vital games ahead!

7 Nov
PHIL WATSON (BLUE SCRUM CAP)

PHIL WATSON (BLUE SCRUM CAP) PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

Having played and won their Yorkshire Shield second round tie at Barnsley at the start of the season Scarborough find themselves with a blank Saturday tomorrow. This will give the injured Tomasz Chadwick and Ian Williams extra time to recover from injuries sustained at Middlesbrough last week. The short break should also allow the Seasiders to regroup and look at what lies ahead before Christmas. They now sit in ninth place in Yorkshire One only three points above the second relegation place currently occupied by Pontefract. Although they have lost six of their last seven league games, five of those were lost by a score or less and they have played some good rugby. However it’s results that count and they are just not coming; accordingly the next three fixtures against teams below them in the league, Pontefract at home, Old Brods away and North Ribblesdale also at Silver Royd, are must-win games.

TOM CHADWICK SPRINTS AWAY TO SCORE AT MIDDLESBROUGH

TOM CHADWICK SPRINTS AWAY TO SCORE AT MIDDLESBROUGH PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

 The long-term injury to former skipper Phil Watson has been a real blow and the lack of strength in depth in our tight five, produces a crisis every time a player wearing one to five is injured; there was talk of an incoming prop forward coming from the antipodes but I’ve heard nothing further on that.

Tomorrow’s Shield ties include Bridlington v Keighley, the winner of which plays Scarborough at Silver Royd on the 20th of December. So there is the possibility of another local derby depending on the outcome at Dukes Park.

PHIL WATSON IN ACTION AGAINST BRIDLINGTON

PHIL WATSON IN ACTION AGAINST BRIDLINGTON

There is rugby at Silver Royd tomorrow as The Vikings take on Middlesbrough based side Acklam; kick-off 2.15pm. The Autumn Internationals start tomorrow with the big one being England and the All Blacks at Twickenham; elsewhere Wales, Ireland and Scotland entertain Australia, South Africa and Argentina respectively. The internationals will be on the big screens in the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse.

VICTORIOUS VALKYRIES AT DARLINGTON

VICTORIOUS VALKYRIES AT DARLINGTON

In this column last week I reported that Scarborough’s women’s team the Valkyries would play in a curtain raiser before the Yorkshire One game between Scarborough and North Ribblesdale next week; the curtain raiser will now be before the game with Pontefract on the 29th of this month.

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