FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – Relegation battle with North Ribblesdale tomorrow

14 Nov
COREY DENNIS RETURNS AT FULLBACK (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

SILVER ROYD FAVOURITE COREY DENNIS RETURNS AT FULLBACK                                     (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

Struggling Scarborough with only one win since the second week of the season take on visitors North Ribblesdale at Silver Royd tomorrow  knowing that only a win can get their season back on track and end their flirtation with relegation at the wrong end of Yorkshire One. Things could have been so different; when you analyze their record so far, the fact that four of the Seasiders’ six defeats were by four points or less you realise the margin between success and failure can be agonizingly slender.

PAUL WHITE COMES IN FOR BILLY PARKER

PAUL WHITE COMES IN FOR BILLY PARKER

And to further add to their woes, injury and unavailability has taken its toll since the 26-24 reverse at Middlesbrough a couple of weeks ago.  Fly-half Tomasz Chadwick who turned in a man-of-the-match performance on Teeside before he was injured, in-form hooker Ian Williams and utility back Graeme Jeffrey are all on the injury list; Phil Watson is still missing with an injury sustained last spring. Away from the treatment table, inspirational wingman Harry Domett is serving a club ban following his sending off at Acklam Park and Billy Parker is unavailable.  The pack for tomorrow’s game sees Mark Hopper move to hooker with Jesse Macdonald and Paul Taylor propping;  Matty Else is in the second row and Hayden Ogalvie joins Eamon Chapman and Taylor Smith in the back row.  Behind them Tom Harrison replaces the injured Tomasz Chadwick at fly-half, Matthew Lucas and Paul White come in for Harry Domett and Billy Parker and Corey Dennis is at fullback. Nick Ingham, Matthew Oxtoby and Jack Anderson are on the bench.

NORTH RIBBLESDALE IN ACTION

NORTH RIBBLESDALE IN ACTION

North Ribblesdale, who are only two points and two positions adrift of Scarborough in the league because of their geographical location and the distances they have to travel, have excelled at home and struggled away; losing at Old Brods, Heath, Malton, Doncaster Phoenix and York on the road and disposing of Middlesbrough, Hullensians,  Bridlington and last week Pontefract (29-10) at their Grove Park ground in Settle.

The last meeting of the clubs at Silver Royd last October saw the game end in dramatic fashion with Scarborough coming back from 11-18 behind with a converted Blake Nightingale try to level the scores on the stroke of fulltime. A penalty from ‘Ribb’s’ Steve Moon edged his side 21-18 ahead in injury time before a Tom Harrison kick levelled the scores with the last kick off the game. Elsewhere on Saturday the Vikings travel to Huddersfield YMCA with the Danesmen also on the road at Hessle.

With the impending re-organization of league rugby which could see clubs who are relegated from Yorkshire One struggle to regain their level seven status, a speedy  reversal of fortunes at Scarborough is imperative, starting with the defeat of North Ribblesdale at Silver Royd on tomorrow.

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