FRIDAY’S FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL MIDDLESBROUGH / THE VALKRYIES / RBS 6 NATIONS

27 Feb

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

TOMASZ CHADWICK IN ACTION AT MIDDLESBROUGH

TOMASZ CHADWICK IN ACTION AT MIDDLESBROUGH

MIDDLESBROUGH

Following last week’s thriller at Malton, Scarborough take on Middlesbrough at Silver Royd tomorrow. The Teesiders who are in fifth spot in the league with 53 points one above Scarborough on 51, were relegated from North One East at the end of last season and have blown hot and cold in their first season in Yorkshire One. They travelled to Bridlington on the first day of the season and came away from Dukes Park with a 25-21 win; then following defeats to Hullensians and Doncaster Phoenix they ended September in style thumping Malton & Norton 43-13 at home; their best result of the season.  Away from their Acklam Park HQ they have been less successful and after wins at strugglers Heath and Pontefract in October, they have failed to win on their travels since. Following a surprise home defeat to bottom club North Ribblesdale at the end of January, they bounced back last week thumping Pontefract 35-0 at home.

JOE LENTON ON THE CHARGE AT MALTON

JOE LENTON ON THE CHARGE AT MALTON

SCARBOROUGH

Following the home defeat of Hullensians in the league and a last-gasp 34-24 win at Medicals in the RFU Intermediate Cup, skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men made the short trip along the A64 to take on high-flying Malton at the Gannock last Saturday. A couple of early Malton tries and the big travelling support feared the worse; however it turned out to be a much more even game than those early scores would have suggested and in the end Malton ran out 29-21 winners of a game Scarborough could have won.

GRAEME JEFFREY RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW

GRAEME JEFFREY (SCORING) RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW

TEAM NEWS

For tomorrow’s game Corey Dennis and Harry Domett are still sidelined by injury but Graeme Jeffrey returns to action. When the protagonists last met in November, Scarborough led 24-7 at the break at Acklam Park but having lost fly-half Tomasz Chadwick just before half-time with a serious injury and Harry Domett red carded five minutes into the second forty for indiscipline, they collapsed to a 24-26 defeat after a stirring Middlesbrough fight-back. I’m sure Coach Lee Douglas’ charges will be determined to avenge that defeat tomorrow.

THE SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND

THE SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND

RBS SIX NATIONS 2015

RBS Six Nations International rugby continues this weekend games between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield and France-Wales in Paris tomorrow and the possible Grand Slam decider between Ireland and England in Dublin on Sunday. The game in Edinburgh is a potential ‘wooden spoon’ decider as the protagonists have yet to win in the championship although Scotland’s defeat in Paris (15-8) and against Wales (23-26) were narrower than the reverses of Italy who have conceded 73 points in the championship so far. Wales have won the last three meetings with France and will look for a repeat of their 16-6 win in Paris two years ago. Ireland have lost their three games with Stuart Lancaster’s men but are in great form this season winning 26-3 in Italy and beating France 18-11on their last outing in Dublin two weeks ago. Scotland and Wales’ games kick off at 2.30 and 5pm respectively. Ireland-England on Sunday kicks-off at 3pm.

ENGLAND'S ZOE ALDCROFT AND FATHER DAVE

ENGLAND’S ZOE ALDCROFT AND FATHER DAVE

ZOE ALDCROFT & THE VALKRYIES

Zoe Aldcroft continues her progress at international level tomorrow when she starts on the wing for England Women’s under-20s against France at Bordeaux. Already a European Championship winner with England’s under-18 Sevens team, this is another big step up for the former Scalby School pupil and I’m sure all our good wishes go with her. And on the subject of ladies rugby, Scarborough’s ladies team the Valkryies are back in action on Sunday when they take on Acklam Ladies at Silver Royd; kick-off 1pm. Skipper Cathy-Ann Myers’ side have been hugely entertaining to watch and it should be a great game. Why not pop up to the J.M. Guthrie for the Valkryies’ game then repair to the bar afterwards for Ireland-England on the big screens. Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me!

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

THE INTERMEDIATE CUP

As you will have seen in the Scarborough News print edition and on social networks Scarborough have drawn Blackburn RFC in the quarter-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup at Silver Royd. The game is on Saturday the 14th of March with a 3pm kick off and with the winners being only eighty minutes from a Twickenham final, it should be a real cracker.

PHIL WATSON

PHIL WATSON

PHIL WATSON

News coming out of Silver Royd this week is that former club skipper Phil Watson who sustained a serious injury in Mo Stevenson’s Memorial Game last April return to training this week. Hopefully we may see the big man in action before the end of the season.

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