Archive | January, 2015

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell preview of Doncaster Phoenix game and the Valkryies at Harrogate

29 Jan
HARRY DOMETT SCORED 2 TRIES AGAINST CONSETT

HARRY DOMETT SCORED 2 TRIES AGAINST CONSETT

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

Following last week’s cup success, Scarborough returns to Yorkshire One action on Saturday at league-leaders Doncaster Phoenix; ‘Donny’ are running away with the league title having won all fourteen of their games this season. Mind you, they never had things easy when they visited Silver Royd earlier in the season; Phoenix made a good start and led 5-0 at half-time and added to their tally with a couple of second half penalties.  A great second half fight-back saw Tom Ratcliffe reduce the arrears with a try converted by Tomasz Chadwick before a late Jordi Wakeham try also converted by Chadwick gave Scarborough a 14-11 lead late in the game. However the visitors snatched a 16-14 victory in injury time with a touchdown from a catch and drive. Last Season the Seasiders did the double with a 26-23 victory at Silver Royd and a 22-19 win in south Yorkshire. Doncaster was on the road in their last league outing narrowly beating strugglers Pontefract 16-14.

JORDI WAKEHAM CELEBRATES SCORING AGAINST DONCASTER PHOENIX

JORDI WAKEHAM CELEBRATES SCORING AGAINST DONCASTER PHOENIX

Unfortunately Coach Lee Douglas is unable to name the same side as ran in nine tries in last Saturday’s 55-0 rout; lock Nick Ingham was sent off in that game and is replaced by Charlie Hoggard. Man-of-the-match against Consett, Hayden Ogilvie is unavailable and Matty Oxtoby plays at Blind-side whilst Tomasz Chadwick steps in at fullback for the irrepressible Corey Dennis who tweaked a hamstring last week. Wesley Langkilde and Jordi Wakeham are joined on the bench by Ian Williams who returns from injury. With the Vikings also in action at Doncaster a coach will leave Silver Royd on Saturday morning at 10.15am. The Danesmen entertain Withernsea in the only game at Silver Royd; all kick-offs are at 2.15pm.

IAN WILLIAMS (right) RETURNS FROM INJURY

IAN WILLIAMS (right) RETURNS FROM INJURY

Elsewhere in Yorkshire One Scarborough’s neighbouring clubs Bridlington, Malton and York entertain Selby, Old Brods and Wath respectively. Further west, Heath entertains Yarnbury whilst on Humberside Hullensians play Pontefract in a relegation clash; bottom club North Ribblesdale travel to Middlesbrough.

CATHY-ANN MYERS SCORES AGAINST WORKINGTON Andy Standing

CATHY-ANN MYERS SCORES AGAINST WORKINGTON

Scarborough’s ladies team, The Valkyries are also in action on Saturday with skipper Cathy-Ann Myers’ girls on the road at Harrogate.  Having won a 10-a-side tournament at Darlington, the Valkyries were beaten at home by an experienced Barnsley side in their first ever 15-a-side outing at the end of November; however they bounced back to beat Workington 56-0 at Silver Royd a week later. Despite the wintery weather the Valkryies have been training hard and are very much looking forward to this weekend’s game.

CURRENT YORKSHIRE ONE LEAGUE TABLE

CURRENT YORKSHIRE ONE LEAGUE TABLE

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Scarborough win opening Intermediate Cup game. FULL REPORT IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS

25 Jan

PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING

HARRY DOMETT SCORED TWO TRIES THIS AFTERNOON

HARRY DOMETT SCORED TWO TRIES THIS AFTERNOON

Scarborough had a comfortable nine try win in their opening game in the RFU INTERMEDIATE CUP this afternoon disposing of a disappointing Consertt RFC  at Silver Royd. The Seasiders led 29-0 at the break having run in five first half tries. Four touchdowns after the break saw them ease to a 55-0 win.

COREY DENNIS SCORED THE TRY OF THE SEASON IN THE FIRST HALF

COREY DENNIS SCORED THE TRY OF THE SEASON IN THE FIRST HALF

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell – Preview of Scarborough-Consett

23 Jan

ALL PICTURES ANDY STANDING

EAMON CHAPMAN TACKLES BRID'S DAKA LAST WEEK

EAMON CHAPMAN TACKLES BRID’S DAKA LAST WEEK

Scarborough kick-off their RFU Intermediate Cup tomorrow at Silver Royd with the visit of Consett RUFC for the first group stage game of the competition. Consett play in Durham/Northumberland One which like Yorkshire One is a level seven league. Both sides are sixth in their respective leagues and both are on 46 points! So it looks like the sides are pretty evenly matched with a close game in prospect. The men from county Durham  have had mixed fortunes lately;  they walloped  basement club Blyth 77-10 on the road in the middle of November but since then have won only one of their last five league games including their last home game when they lost narrowly 19-22 at home to visitors Stockton. They went down 22-6 to Medicals on the 8th of November in the first group game in the competition.

TWICKERS!

TWICKERS!

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men have been licking their wounds and working on the training paddock following last week’s sickening injury-time 11-12 defeat in the local derby with Bridlington and are looking forward to tomorrow’s cup tie. Coach Lee Douglas has named the same starting fifteen from last week and has selected Wesley Langkelde, Charlie Hoggard, Jordi Wakeham and Tomasz Chadwick on the bench. I believe seven substitutes are permitted in this competition but I can’t confirm that. Hooker Ian Williams is still sidelined with a knee injury.

IAN WILLIAMS (right)

IAN WILLIAMS (right)

Lee Douglas has been criticized for his front row substitutions lately, in particularly Paul Taylor the only specialist tight-head in the club. Lee gives him a ‘rest’ during games because he is unable to train and to be honest there is hardly an over-abundance of experienced props in the club with the exception of perhaps Tom Fish who is now well into his 40s. The Injury to hooker Ian Williams has only exacerbated the situation. So there is no doubt that Lee has to husband his front-row resources; however timings are crucial.

PAUL TAYLOR

PAUL TAYLOR

I’m not sure about our visitors but Scarborough’s best effort in the National knockout competitions was to reach the semi-final of the Tetley’s Bitter Vase in 1999 when the we lost at Billericay in Essex and missed out on a Twickenham final by eighty minutes; no such thing as a neutral venue;  come to think of it I still think the semi’s are drawn at home or away.  Also at that time there was universal entry to all competitions with all RFU clubs taking part; 512 clubs started in the Tetley Bitter Vase in that year. All that stuff is in the past and as always in the cup, it’s down to who performs on the day.

SCARBOROUGH CIRCA 1999

SCARBOROUGH CIRCA 1999 photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

Following their last gasp 22-10 victory over Bridlington Mariners at Dukes Park last week, the Vikings entertain Morley 2nds at Silver Royd tomorrow. Although last week’s late try scorer Jordi Wakeham has moved up the first team, Tom Fish, Jesse Macdonald, Paul White, Matt Lucas, Andy Rossol and Jack Anderson who have all played at first team level this season play in a strong Silver Royd second string. Joe Lenton who saw first team action last season continues following his long absence following jaw surgery.

JOE LENTON

JOE LENTON

Also in National Knockout action tomorrow is Northallerton from Yorkshire Three who take on Seghill RFC in a RFU Junior Vase group. Seghill play in Durham/Northumberland Three with Castleford making up the group. So best of luck to our fellow north Yorkshire side

Scarborough suffer fifth injury-time defeat this season

18 Jan
EAMON CHAPMAN SCORED SCARBOROUGH'S TRY AGAINST BRIDLINGTON YESTERDAY AFTERNOON

EAMON CHAPMAN SCORED SCARBOROUGH’S TRY AGAINST BRIDLINGTON YESTERDAY AFTERNOON picture ANDY STANDING

Scarborough Slid to an injury time defeat for the fifth time this season against Bridlington at Silver Royd. They led 6-0 at the break before Brid bounced back with an early second half try. Flanker Eamon Chapman gave the Seasiders an 11-7 lead midway through the second half but a try in the ninth minute of injury time clinched the game for the visitors.

FULL REPORT IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS ON-LINE LATER TODAY

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell – Preview of Scarborough-Brid / Taylor Smith returns / Scarborough’s young county players

16 Jan
TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION AT BRIDLINGTON

TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION AT BRIDLINGTON                                          PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING

Bridlington are Scarborough’s opposition at Silver Royd tomorrow for the second time in four weeks. Having won the corresponding game 25-14 at Dukes Park at the start of the season, skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men were in confident mood when Bridlington visited Silver Royd on the Saturday before Christmas for a Yorkshire Shield quarter-final. The visitors came out with all guns firing and in the end blew Scarborough away with a great performance to win 36-22. Since then tomorrow’s protagonists have won and drawn a game apiece; Brid lost narrowly 10-7 at Old Brods and beat Pontefract17-12 at home last week whereas Scarborough beat high-flying Yarnbury 35-27 in style at Silver Royd on the 3rd of January and went down 14-19 at York last week, being piped at the post by a late breakaway try.

ACTION FROM SCARBOROUGH-BRIDLINGTON SHIELD GAME Andy Standing

ACTION FROM SCARBOROUGH-BRIDLINGTON SHIELD GAME

Coach Lee Douglas has named a squad of eighteen which includes fifteen of the players on duty at York minus Ian Williams and Harry Domett who sustained injuries. Tomasz Chadwick, who had a run out for the Vikings at York following long term injury, Billy Parker and Paul White return to action for this game. Former Bridlington players’ scrum-half Martin Robinson and prop Wesley Langkilde play against their former club.

TOM CHADWICK RETURNS TOMORROW Andy Standing

TOM CHADWICK RETURNS TOMORROW

When the clubs met before Christmas I wrote separates reports for the Bridlington Free Press and the Scarborough news. My opening paragraph in the papers couldn’t have been more contrasting:

BRIDLINGTON FREE PRESS Bridlington ended a protracted drought on the road winning their first away game since September with a terrific performance in the Yorkshire Challenge Shield running in five tries in beating Scarborough 36-22 at Silver Royd.’

 SCARBOROUGH NEWS ‘Scarborough saved their most inept performance of the season for this festive foray into the Yorkshire Shield, conceding five tries to a Bridlington side without a win on the road since September.’

 It was a cracking game and both paragraphs rang true and as you can see one team’s ‘terrific performance’ can be another’s inept one, the answer is probably somewhere in-between. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe will look to his team to put the pre-Christmas result behind them and show the form they showed in a controlled and convincing win at Dukes Park in October.

Before tomorrow’s game a lunch will be held in the Qudos Suite prior to the action with over 200 people attending. They’ll be entertained by Malcolm Lord, an ex BBC man who is a regular master of ceremonies at sportsmen’s and other dinners around the north and particularly at the J.M Guthrie clubhouse. Should be a hilarious lunch!

A GOOD CROWD IS EXPECTED TOMORROW

A GOOD CROWD IS EXPECTED TOMORROW

Elsewhere tomorrow the Silver Royd second string, the Vikings travel to Dukes Park to take on Bridlington Marauders with a strong side including Jesse Macdonald, Jordi Wakeham, Tom Fish, Jack Anderson, Andy Rossol and Matthew Lucas who have all seen action with the first team this season. Joe Lenton who returned from non-rugby associated face surgery at York last week also plays. The Danesmen led by Newby and Silver Royd legend Andy Downs take on Bridlington at Silver Royd; all games kick-off at 2.15pm.

 

Scarborough YDO Tomasz Chadwick mentioned in his Scarborough News column yesterday the exploits of young players Tom Anderson Joe Marshall Ben Martin Zoe Aldcroft and Sean Mould who have all played at for Yorkshire at their age-group levels. He had a picture which was technically unsuitable to print but I produced it below so dear readers you can put a name to the face.

TOM, JOE. BEN. ZOE and SEAN

TOM, JOE. BEN. ZOE and SEAN

STOP PRESS

Taylor Smith who was sent off on the 13th December at Wath was eventually called in front of a disciplinary board yesterday and was given a two match ban. The big Kiwi missed three games in the absence of a hearing but will return tomorrow to take the place of injured Ian Williams against Bridlington.

TAYLOR SMITH Andy Standing

TAYLOR SMITH Andy Standing

SCARBOROUGH PIPPED AT THE POST AT YORK

10 Jan
JOE MARSHALL SCORED AGAINST YORK THIS AFTERNOON.Photograph ANDY STANDING

JOE MARSHALL SCORED AGAINST YORK THIS AFTERNOON                                             Photograph ANDY STANDING

Playing with a gale behind them visitors Scarborough led 14-0 at half-time in this North Yorkshire derby thanks to three penalties from fly-half Tom Harrison and a Joe Marshal  try. Harnessing the elements after the break the Minstermen drew level at 14-14 with a couple of converted tries. A spirited repost from Scarborough could have won the game but a turnover deep in York territory saw the home side break away for a 79th minute winner. The visitors were camped on the York line at the death but failed to score. FINAL SCORE: YORK 19  SCARBOROUGH 14.

FULL REPORT IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS ON-LINE TOMORROW

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell – York away / Matty Oxtoby returns / Harry’s mum

9 Jan
EAMON CHAPMAN tackles Yarnbury right wing PHOTO ANDY STANDING

             EAMON CHAPMAN tackles Yarnbury right wing                                                                    PHOTO ANDY STANDING

Scarborough kicked off the New Year at Silver Royd last week with a 35-27 victory over high-flying Yarnbury. It was a curate’s egg of a game with both sides scoring and conceding five tries. So whilst they continue to run up big point tallies, the Seasiders are conceding generously at the other end. Tom Harrison’s success with the boot was in the end the difference between the teams.

Harry Domett crosses to score against Yarnbury last Saturday PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

Harry Domett crosses to score against Yarnbury last Saturday                             PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

Tomorrow skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men are on the road from the coast with a local derby at Clifton Park where they take on York. The Minstermen made a solid start to the season losing only two games in the first two months but have slipped since then losing six games in the last two months. In common with Scarborough they were knocked out of the Yorkshire Shield just before Christmas losing 24-17 at Yorkshire Two leaders Bradford Salem. Last Saturday they needed to convert a late try to win at struggling Pontefract but the kick was missed and they went down 27-26.

Tom Chadwick returns for the Vikings tomorrow PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

             Tom Chadwick returns for the Vikings tomorrow                                             PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

York were the visitors to Silver Royd on the 29th of September last year in the corresponding game and led 17-0 at half-time following a lack-lustre Scarborough performance; however a storming second half saw the Seasiders score a couple of tries through Corey Dennis and Tom Ratcliffe then equalise with a penalty try deep in injury time to much jubilation around the ground. However Lee Douglas’ charges lost concentration, made a mess of the restart and a somewhat lucky bounce gave York centre Jon Dawes his second try of the match which was converted for a 24-17 win with the last kick of the game. The stunned disbelief after so much effort to get back into the game was tangible and not for the first time this season the Seasiders lost concentration when they thought the job was done.

Matty Oxtoby returns to action tomorrow at York PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

Matty Oxtoby returns to action tomorrow at York                                       PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

Second row Nick Ingham was injured in last week’s game and is replaced tomorrow by Matty Oxtoby who plays at blind-side with Matthew Else moving into the second row and Eamon Chapman at No8. The back division is as last week with Martin Robinson retaining the scrum-half position and young Jordi Wakeham having a run out in the Vikings as is Tomasz Chadwick who returns from injury. I have been covering Scarborough for more than three decades and I can’t remember winning an away game at York; by the law of averages it must be Scarborough’s turn soon.

Kathryn and Harry Domett

                       Kathryn and Harry Domett

Kiwi Flyer Harry Domett who first joined the club in 2010 returned to first team action last Saturday following suspension and celebrated with a couple of cracking tries. The proudest person in the ground was undoubtedly his mum Kath who is visiting from New Zealand and it was a privilege to meet both charming mother and her son after the game. Her last ‘appointment’ before returning home is to cheer the team on against York tomorrow; perhaps her visit will coincide with a long awaited victory at Clifton Park. I certainly hope so.

 

JACK EVANS

            JACK EVANS

I heard the sad news last week that John ‘Jack’ Evans a former Chairman of the Scarborough RUFC general committee in the late eighties had passed away over the Christmas period. Jack was a personal friend and contributed much to the club as a committeeman and supporter. He served in the Royal Navy and played his rugby at Ilkley and the Vale of Lune. My thoughts are with his wife Margaret, sons Nigel and Christopher and his grandchildren.

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