FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell – preview of Brid game / Spartans’ quiz and draw /Boxing Day game

19 Dec
BRIDLINGTON V NORTH RIBBLESDALE

BRIDLINGTON V NORTH RIBBLESDALE photograph Andrew Kempson

Silver Royd is buzzing this week ahead of tomorrow’s Yorkshire Challenge Shield quarter-final against Bridlington. The men from Dukes Park reached this stage in the competition via a first round 41-3 victory over Yorkshire Two side Roundhegians and a home walkover given by Keighley in the second round. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men had a bye in the first round and were 22-12 winners at Barnsley in the second. Earlier this season they came away from Dukes Park with a Yorkshire One league win; Bridlington scrum half Ollie Stephenson scored a couple of first half tries in the game but tries either side of the break from Ratcliffe settled matters at 24-16; however it was a close-fought encounter throughout.

BRIDLINGTON V NORTH RIBBLESDALE

BRIDLINGTON V NORTH RIBBLESDALE photograph Andrew Kempson

Having surrendered a 24-7 half-time lead to lose 26-24 at Middlesbrough, the Seasiders lost the services of Harry Domett and Tomasz Chadwick, sent off and injured respectively in the same game.   Since then bonus point wins over North Ribblesdale and Pontefract at Silver Royd and wins at Old Brods and Heath on the road plus last week’s 10-10 draw at Wath sees Coach Lee Douglas’ charges on a run of good form which they’ll look to continue against their east coast rivals tomorrow. Bridlington have won two of their last five games both at home; against Hullensians 13-10 at the end of November and last week’s 28-11success against bottom side North Ribblesdale. Success has for the most part eluded them away from the coast this season where they have won only once; 30-23 at Pontefract on the 27th of September. Most of the foregoing could well go out of the window when both teams contest what is always a keenly fought and feisty local derby.

TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION AT BRIDLINGTON

TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION AT BRIDLINGTON

Lee Douglas has selected fourteen players from his starting line-up last week; Taylor Smith who was sent off at Wath is replaced by youngster Hayden Ogilvie in the back row whilst prop Jesse Macdonald is joined on the bench by former Bridlington player Martin Robinson with two further substitutes yet to be named.

GRAEME JEFFREY 'RELAXES' AT WATH!

GRAEME JEFFREY ‘RELAXES’ AT WATH!

Good news for Douglas and the Scarborough faithful came last week when Eamon Chapman who was controversially sent off in injury time in the last home game against Pontefract, had his red card rescinded following a disciplinary hearing. The Aussie back row, who has been outstanding since arriving at Silver Row was named my man of the match after last week’s 10-10 draw at Wath and plays on Saturday. Not so encouraging is the fact that Tomasz Chadwick could be missing possibly for another six weeks as his ankle ligament injury is more serious than first thought and has not responded to treatment. The former York University man has impressed from his first day at Silver Royd both as Youth Development Officer (YDO) and player. The former incumbent in his YDO job Tom Harrison is having a great run at fly-half on the paddock, giving his teammate breathing space  to recover from his injury.

EAMON CHAPMAN TACKLES BRID PROP DAKA IN SCARBOROUGH'S 24-16 WIN AT DUKES PARK

EAMON CHAPMAN TACKLES BRID PROP DAKA IN SCARBOROUGH’S 24-16 WIN AT DUKES PARK

In other senior rugby, the Vikings travel to Humberside to take on Hull Ionians 2nds and include brothers Jordan and Rory Day in the side. The Danesmen are also on the road at Driffield where their line-up includes up-and-coming youngster Luke Govier, Sam Warren and prop Tommy Goodman who is home from university.

HAYDEN OGILVIE COMES IN FOR TAYLOR SMITH

HAYDEN OGILVIE COMES IN FOR TAYLOR SMITH

Tonight will be a busy one in the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse, with the clubroom abuzz with the SPARTANS’ CLUB Christmas draw and quiz. A buffet fit for a Spartan army will be provided and it should be a memorable night. Boxing Day will see another Scarborough Rugby Club traditional event when the under-35s take on the over-35’s; come along and meet your old friends for a Christmas drink; should be a good day!

Finally, gird your loins for the first game of 2015 at Silver Royd on the 3rd of January 2015 when we take on Yarnbury at Silver Royd looking to avenge a narrow 25-24 defeat at Horsforth early in the season.  With Harry Domett back in harness, I’m sure skipper Tom Ratcliffe and his men will be up for a game which could set the tone for the second half of the season.

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