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

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

  1. northcliff99 January 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    We must see some better decision making this week. At York with a 4 to 1 overlap we persisted in trying to score down a very narrow blindside. One quick pass and we would have won the game.

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