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

23 Jan

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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

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