Archive | November, 2014

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.

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.

Scarborough slump to a fourth consecutive defeat at Middlesborough despite leading 24-7 at half-time

2 Nov
TOM CHADWICK SPRINTS AWAY TO SCORE AT MIDDLESBROUGH

TOM CHADWICK SPRINTS AWAY TO SCORE AT MIDDLESBROUGH photo: ANDY STANDING

Middlesbrough   26   Scarborough  24

 

By Dave Campbell

 

Scarborough raced to a commanding 24-7 lead with three superb tries in the opening half-hour at Middlesbrough. However they never recovered from losing on-fire Tomasz Chadwick injured just before the break and Harry Domett who was red-carded shortly after it and slumped to an unlikely defeat given their earlier dominance.

The visitors went off like a train and pressured the Middlesbrough defensive line in their opening foray into home territory. And when they pounced on a fumble just outside the home 22, flanker Eamon Chapman powered over for the opening score of the match with only three minutes on the clock. Fly-half Tomasz Chadwick made no mistake with the difficult conversion for a 7-0 Scarborough lead.

The Seasiders continued to press and looked the sharper of the sides with Chapman, Matthew Else and Taylor Smith winning the back row battle and Chadwick, Marshall and Domett looking very dangerous. Middlesbrough almost had the equalizing try in the 10th minute when fly-half Simon O’Farrell went over following some good work by his forwards; however the big number ten’s effort was ruled out due to obstruction in the lead up to the touchdown.

Middlesbrough were penalized a couple of times just inside their own half in the opening quarter of an hour but Chadwick’s long range penalty efforts didn’t have the legs. However, following a scrum on halfway, clean ball was moved left and Domett set off on a jinking run; the flying Kiwi waltzed round three men before releasing fullback Tom Harrison who scampered in under the posts in the 18th minute. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for 14-0.

A bustling break by O’Farrell almost took him to the Scarborough line but a great cover tackle by Harrison stopped him in his tracks. The Teesiders remained camped in the visitors 22 and a couple of minutes later Scarborough were undone by their ‘bête noire’ the catch-and-drive and No8 Iain Bradford burrowed over to score. Fullback Jack Bircham’s touchline conversion reduced the arrears to seven points in the 27th minute.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men continued to look sharp and incisive and when clean ball from a lineout wide on the right was moved swiftly infield, Chadwick was onto it in a flash and leaving a posse of would-be tacklers in his wake, scored a superb try underneath the posts. Ratcliffe converted for 21-7 in the 29th minute. Middlesbrough was penalized from the restart and the big centre stroked over a towering long-distance kick for 24-7 on the half hour.

The from Silver Royd continued to attack through the backs with pace in the minutes before the break and should have stretched their lead when another powerful Domett run was stopped short with Chadwick looking for an offload. Chadwick then pounced on a loose ball in midfield and sprinted off for the line; he failed to see Domett on his shoulder and was tackled short before he could get his pass away injuring ankle ligaments in the process and was helped from the field just before half time.

With Phil Stewart on for Chadwick, the visitors were under siege from the restart; good work by the Middlesbrough forwards set up field position wide right in the Scarborough 22. And following some desperately poor Scarborough tackling, Middlesbrough wing Adam Nolson strolled over for a soft try in the 46th minute. Bircham converted to reduce the arrears at 24-14. Domett spoke to referee Jason Garrick about a Scarborough player who was down injured and interfering with the visitors ability to defend the Nolson try and was immediately yellow carded. As he left the field  he apparently laughed at the official a fellow Kiwi, and was immediately red-carded and dismissed.

Scarborough came straight back and a well judged high ball from scrum-half Jordi Wakeham was won by Joe Marshall; the young wing charged forward but was stopped just short of the line and was penalized for not releasing. That was to prove costly as Middlesbrough scrum-half Peter Wright subsequently broke from half way brushing aside some poor attempted tackles and scored wide on the right in the 52nd minute. Bircham failed to convert. The Teesiders who had upped their game at the breakdown were now running the show and O’Farrell broke from inside his own half leaving a trail of would-be tacklers in his wake before grounding under the posts. Bircham converted to grab the lead at 26-24 on the hour.

The Teesiders took control and bossed the fourth quarter with Scarborough unable to get out of their own half. Halfbacks O’Farrell and Wright ruled the roost and injury to hooker Ian Williams disrupted the pack with Jesse Macdonald, Paul Taylor and Mark Hopper making a reasonable fist of things in the reshuffled front row. There was no further score in the game thanks to a tightening of the Scarborough defence with Chapman and Stewart to the fore but in the absence of Chadwick, Williams and Domett they faded out of the game as an attacking force and Middlesbrough finished narrow but comfortable winners.

ISCARBOROUGH: Harrison Domett Ratcliffe Parker Marshall Chadwick Wakeham Hopper Williams Macdonald Ingham Readman Smith Chapman Else SUBSTITUTES: Taylor Ogilvie Stewart

MIDDLESBROUGH: Bircham Nolso Thornburn Bellerby Kilbride O’Farrell Wright Warsama Kearney Helm Lonsdale Tremlett Wardle John Bradford SUBSTITUTES: Smith Ogilvie Stewart

Scarborough slump to defeat at Middlesbrough having led 24-7 FULL REPORT TOMORROW IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS ON-LINE

2 Nov
TOM CHADWICK SPRINTS AWAY TO SCORE AT MIDDLESBROUGH

TOM CHADWICK SPRINTS AWAY TO SCORE AT MIDDLESBROUGH PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

Scarborough raced to a commanding 24-7 lead with three superb tries in the opening half-hour of their Yorkshire One fixture at Middlesbrough yesterday. However they never recovered from losing on-fire Tomasz Chadwick injured just before the break and Harry Domett who was red-carded shortly after it and slumped to a 26-24 defeat in a hugely disappointing second half. Full report and video interview with Tomasz Chadwick in tomorrow’s SCARBOROUGH NEWS on-line.

HARRY DOMETT WAS IN SIZZLING FORM BEFORE BEING SENT OFF

HARRY DOMETT WAS IN SIZZLING FORM BEFORE BEING SENT OFF PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

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