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

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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