Archive | March, 2015

Injured referee causes Pontefract-Scarborough to be abandoned FULL DETAILS IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS ON-LINE TOMORROW

28 Mar
SCARBOROUGH'S TRY SCORER AT PONTEFRACT MARTIN ROBINSON

SCARBOROUGH’S TRY SCORER AT PONTEFRACT MARTIN ROBINSON

Scarborough’s Yorkshire One fixture at Pontefract this afternoon was abandoned after 25 minutes when the match referee was unable to carry on after sustaining an ankle injury. The Seasiders were leading 10-7 at the time thanks to a try from scrum-half Martin Robinson which was converted by skipper Tom Ratcliffe who had earlier kicked a long-distance penalty. Pontefract took an early lead with an interception try.

FRIDAY’S FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL Pontefract | Selection | injury list | under-17s | Valkryies | 6 Nations | I’ll be at the semi!

27 Mar
WESLEY LANGKILDE ON THE CHARGE AGAINST OLD BRODLEIANS

WESLEY LANGKILDE ON THE CHARGE AGAINST OLD BRODLEIANS picture by Andy Standing

Scarborough travel to Yorkshire One bottom club Pontefract tomorrow for their last league game on the road this season. Defeat tomorrow will see the West Yorkshiremen relegated to Yorkshire Two for the first time in their 125 year history. Strictly speaking of course, the league system for Rugby union goes back only 28 years to its inauguration in1987. Pontefract started in North East Two, gained promotion to North East One, were relegated back to North East Two in 1988/89 and were further relegated to Yorkshire One in 2000/01.  They have struggled over the last few seasons and so far this campaign have won only four games; three early season victories against Yarnbury in September, Hullensians in October and Old Brodleians in mid November were followed by a four month drought in which they recorded only one win, a single point 27-26 defeat of York on the 3rd of January. Last Saturday they were beaten 25-21 at home by fellow strugglers Heath RFC.

PHIL WATSON PLAYS FOR THE VIKINGS TOMORROW

PHIL WATSON PLAYS FOR THE VIKINGS TOMORROW picture Dave Campbell

Following an outstanding performance in the Intermediate Cup quarter-final in which they defeated high-flying Lancashire outfit Blackburn 26-0 at Silver Royd, Scarborough slid to an 8-20 home reverse at the hands of Old Brodleians last week. A truly wretched performance disappointed the Silver Royd faithful and they know that they have to improve to progress in the Cup next week. They travel to Pontefract tomorrow without the services of Tomasz Chadwick, Tom Harrison, Corey Dennis Harry Domett and back row dynamo Eamon Chapman who are all injured. Influential tight-head prop Paul Taylor is on duty with the ambulance service and will turn out for the Danesmen against touring Warwickshire side Kenilworth at Silver Royd when he finishes duty. Also in action, this time for the Vikings at Goole is former club captain Phil Watson who plays for the first time since being injured in the Mo Stevenson Memorial game a year ago. Also in the club’s second string are veteran props Andy Downes and Tom Fish; could all three stake a claim to be amongst the seven substitutes for next week’s cup game?

Back in the November Scarborough had too much fire-power when Pontefract visited Silver Royd running in five tries in a 34-5 win. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe (2), Eamon Chapman, Graeme Jeffrey and Mikey Readman bagged the touchdowns with Tom Harrison kicking nine points. With so many key players missing it will be a tricky afternoon for skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men, who despite this season’s inconsistency should have enough to beat the league’s basement club with the influential Nick Ingham and Taylor Smith returning to action.

UNDER-17S IN ACTION AGAINST HULLIONIANS picture Dave Campbell

UNDER-17S IN ACTION AGAINST HULLIONIANS picture Dave Campbell

 Another trip up to Silver Royd last Sunday gave me a chance to catch the under-17s game between Scarborough and Hullionians. A gorgeous sunny spring morning and some enthusiastic and skilful youth rugby blew away the cobwebs and memories of the first team’s ‘orrible performance aganst  Brods the day before. The lads from Humberside were deserved 26-5 winners and there was certainly a bit of edge about the game but Scarborough turned in a pretty feisty performance and came out of the game with plenty of credit. Once again, if you can get up to Silver Royd on a Sunday morning you’ll be rewarded for your efforts

 2015-02-06 6NATIONS2015

Last Saturday’s finale to this year’s RBS SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP was an absolute thriller. With Wales hammering Italy at Lunchtime then the pitiful Scots conceding forty points to a rampaging Irish team. England’s game with France was pure theatre with Stuart Lancaster’s men pulling out all the stops to win the title on points (scored) difference. A tumultuous eighty minutes saw England fall six points short despite beating France 55-35 in a fabulous game for the neutral; such unrelenting effort! Such passion! How can England’s footie game against the might of Lithuania this evening come anywhere near to matching the sheer drama of that last day?……… I’m a big football fan but I know it just can’t.

SKIPPER CATHY-ANN MYERS IN ACTION AGAINST BARNSLEY photograph ANDY STANDING

VALKRYIES SKIPPER CATHY-ANN MYERS IN ACTION AGAINST BARNSLEY
photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough’s women’s XV, the Valkryies travel to Teeside on Sunday to take on Acklam Ladies. Although they failed to raise a side for a game at Barnsley last week, the girls from Silver Royd will look to continue the form which saw them beat Acklam 92-0 in their last outing running in 16 tries in the process.

Himself!

Himself! photograph Diana Campbell

Finally, I was scheduled to miss next week’s big game at Silver Royd as I was due to attend a family occasion in London. However due to a change in circumstances,  the ‘Do’ has been put back to June so I’ll be at Silver Royd instead; obviously I’ll have to put on a disappointed air for the next few days…..YES!!!

SCARBOROUGH 8 OLD BRODLEIANS 20

23 Mar

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

WESLEY LANGKILDE ON THE CHARGE AGAINST OLD BRODLEIANS

WESLEY LANGKILDE ON THE CHARGE AGAINST OLD BRODLEIANS WITH JAMES LEACH,MIKEY READMAN,  MATTY ELSE AND JAMES LEACH IN SUPPORT

After the Lord Mayor’s show………..etc  Not for the first time the proverb resonated as far as Scarborough was concerned, as they followed an outstandingly focused  cup effort against Blackburn with a distracted, introspective performance against an Old Brodleians’ side definitely ‘up for it’ at a somewhat hung-over Silver Royd. 

Scarborough hardly had time to settle to their task before they were behind in this game. A terrific burst town their right flank by Brods’ No8 Rob Jennings saw the ball moved inside and was knocked on. Scarborough’s front row was penalized at the resulting scrum and the ball was moved inside from the tap-penalty to centre Pete Williams who powered over for the opening try with only four minutes on the clock. Fly-half Danny Woods missed with his conversion attempt but Brods led 5-0. 

The Seasiders struggled from the re-start and found it difficult to lay a hand on the elusive visiting backline; however good work from the home back row with Eamon Chapman and Haydon Ogilvie heavily involved saw Scarborough drive into Brods’ territory before clean ball won in the visitors’ 22 was moved right to left and slick handling by fly-half Tom Harrison and skipper Tom Ratcliffe saw fullback Graeme Jeffrey up in support, drive over in the 11th minute for 5-5. Harrison missed the conversion. 

Brods were reduced to 14 men when they lost a player sin-binned in the 20th minute, but the Seasiders took no lessons from their try which was achieved through slick and pacy back play and looked to batter their way over from close range. They never really had the coordination to execute this plan and with their backs unemployed behind them,  failed to produce a score before Harrison nudged his side ahead with a penalty on the stroke of halftime to lead 8-5 at the break. 

Harnessing the stiff northerly breeze, Brods took the game to Scarborough and camped in their half for the early first half exchanges. However, although the Seasiders struggled to cross the gain-line, flying Kiwi winger Harry Domett went looking for the ball and was always a menace to the visitors when he was on the charge. Scarborough continued to play through the forwards driving at the visitors’ line from close range and the use of prop Wesley Langkilde as a battering ram was not a success. 

Old Brodleians always looked the more interested side and looked the team more likely to penetrate but came up against some great defensive work by Chapman, Ogilvie and Joe Marshall who came looking for work from his lonely patrol on the wing. Unsurprisingly Wood levelled the scores at 8-8 with a penalty on the hour. 

And they continued to press before Williams burrowed over from short range five minutes later to nudge them 13-8 ahead. The west-Yorkshiremen always looked the more likely side to score next and so it proved as a break through the middle saw Australian second row Sterling Ross batter his way to the line and stretch the lead to 18-8 in the 73rd minute. Wood added the extras for 20-8. 

Scarborough came back strongly in the late exchanges and terrific work from the influential Harry Domett, centre Billy Parker and young back row replacement James Leach promised a positive end to a disappointing game; however it wasn’t to be and a pretty wrenched effort following last week’s heroics came to a disappointingly downbeat end. 

Scarborough forgot the basics they adhered to and were so successful with last week; erect body positions, static reception of passes and poor set-piece was their downfall in this game. Pick of the forwards were Chapman, Ogilvie and James Leach; behind them Harrison, Ratcliffe and Domett excelled. Next week they travel to Pontefract to play the bottom club in the league and the fact that they have a cup semi-final the following week will be no excuse not to put in a shift for the sake of the other teams fighting to avoid relegation. 

I am very aware that the game is amateur at this level and is played for fun but I would really like to see these young men achieve their full potential. This performance was typical of their maddeningly inconsistent season, the ups and downs of which puzzle their long-suffering supporters. There was inevitably going to be a ‘come-down’ from last week’s efforts but this season’s mercurial form fails to ring true; should they not be buoyed and exhilarated by last week’s success? Apparently not; there is far too much navel gazing going on and it takes mental strength to live (play) in the moment and look ahead positively. 

SCARBOROUGH: JEFFREY MARSHALL RATCLIFFE PARKER DOMETT HARRISON ROBINSON HOPPER WILLIAMS LANGKILDE READMAN ELSE OGILVIE WHITE CHAPMAN SUBSTITUTES:  MACDONALD LEACH WAKEHAM 

OLD BRODLEIANS: (SQUAD) RAVEN OGDEN MCLAUGHLIN WILLIAMS ROSS WILSON SYKES JENNINGS GEORGIOU SWATT VAUGHAN WOOD TOWN BRIGGS HOYLE KOSOVHANI BROWN SPIVEY 

REFEREE: MR ADAM ROBSON

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell – Old Brods / Bridgenorth / U14s & Minis / Zoe Aldcroft / 6 Nations

20 Mar
WESLEY LANGKILDE ON THE CHARGE AGAINST BLACKBURN picture Andy Standing

WESLEY LANGKILDE ON THE CHARGE AGAINST BLACKBURN
picture Andy Standing

After all the razzmatazz of last week’s Intermediate Cup quarter-final defeat of Blackburn, Scarborough come back down to earth tomorrow playing Old Brodleians in Yorkshire One at Silver Royd.

The west Yorkshiremen had a poor start to the season winning only two of their opening twelve league games. However their fortunes improved after the turn of the year and they have lost only one game in their last four; at North Ribblesdale where they let a 22-0 lead slip and went down 26-25; a bit like Scarborough’s defeat at the same venue a couple of weeks ago. Their three wins were all at home; against Middlesbrough 15-0, Heath 33-15 and the 53-14 demolition of bottom club Pontefract two weeks ago.

WAKEHAM, OGILVIE AND INGHAM IN ACTION AGAINST BLACKBURN Andy Standing

WAKEHAM, OGILVIE AND INGHAM IN ACTION AGAINST BLACKBURN Andy Standing

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men travelled to Hipperholme back in November and came away with a 25-13 win; tries from Corey Dennis, Jesse Macdonald and Eamon Chapman plus ten points from the boot of Tom Harrison saw the visitors home after a hard-fought game. For tomorrow’s game Corey Dennis, Tomasz Chadwick, Taylor Smith and Paul Taylor are all sidelined by injury; Nick Ingham is unavailable. Wesley Langkilde starts at tight-head, Paul White is at open-side and Matty Else moves to second row with Eamon Chapman replacing him at No8. Jesse Macdonald, James Leach and Jordi Wakeham are on the bench. Last season Old Brods got revenge for a controversial 23-22 home defeat by beating Scarborough 22-20 at Silver Royd despite a brace of touchdowns by now-retired Craig Farrell. With five first-teamers missing and given ‘Brods’ resurgence it looks like tomorrow’s game will be a close-fought affair with the Scarborough players looking to impress coach Lee Douglas ahead of the big cup game in  two weeks time. The Vikings are also at home where they also host Old Brodleians.

BRIDGNORTH ON THE CHARGE AGAINST NORTHAMPTON OLD SCOUTS

BRIDGNORTH ON THE CHARGE AGAINST NORTHAMPTON OLD SCOUTS LAST SATURDAY

Following their quarter-final success, Scarborough will host Bridgnorth RFC from Shropshire at Silver Royd on Saturday the 4th of April at 3pm. I can tell you that they are a formidable team and lead their league having gone the season unbeaten so far and like Blackburn have scored over 1000 points. So as you can see it’ll be no walk in the park and will be a tough test for Lee Douglas and his charges. On a cold January day in 1962, a motley assortment of young men assembled on the Crown Meadow for the first ever training session for what is now Bridgnorth Rugby Club and there has been a club there since.  It would be another 25 years until the introduction of the Courage Clubs Championship in 1987 and the club would make a slow start to their league history but recent success sees them playing at level 7 in the Midlands 2 West/North league;  more about Bridgnorth RFC in the next couple of weeks.

SCARBOROUGH CLEAR OUT A RUCK AGAINST MALTON  LAST SUNDAY

SCARBOROUGH CLEAR OUT A RUCK AGAINST MALTON LAST SUNDAY

BRIDLINGTON KIDS IN MINI ACTION

BRIDLINGTON KIDS IN MINI ACTION

BRID KID CONTEMPLATES HIS NEXT MOVE

BRID KID CONTEMPLATES HIS NEXT MOVE

After all the excitement last Saturday I went up to Silver Royd on Sunday to take in the under-14s game with Malton and Norton and the mini-rugby tournament. It was a glorious morning and the place was packed with youngsters. Malton were runaway winners of the under-14s game and the Minis and their parents had a whale of a time in the open air and bright sunshine. It really is a great tonic to get up there on a Sunday and enjoy watching the future of Scarborough Rugby Club.

ZOE ALDCROFT AND DAD DAVE

ZOE ALDCROFT AND DAD DAVE

Scarborough’s own Zoe Aldcroft is back on international duty tomorrow when she is on the bench for England under-20s women when they take on France at Esher RFC in Surrey. Zoe started on the wing in England’s 25-0 defeat in Toulouse earlier in the month and will look to help her red rose teammates avenge that defeat in the Home Counties tomorrow.

2015-03-20 6 NATIONS TABLE

Finally, tomorrow is the last day of the RBS SIX NATIONS 2015 with England, Ireland, Wales and France all in with a shout to win the championship. It should be a stroll in the park for Wales in Rome, a closer game than Ireland expect but an away win in Edinburgh and an emphatic win for England against what has been a disappointing French side this year. Several permutations but we’ll know the outcome by 7pm tomorrow; take your pick!

Scarborough’s semi-final opponents Bridgenorth RFC – all you want to know BY DAVE CAMPBELL

18 Mar
BRIDGNORTH ON THE CHARGE AGAINST NORTHAMPTON OLD SCOUTS

BRIDGNORTH ON THE CHARGE AGAINST NORTHAMPTON OLD SCOUTS

Bridgnorth is in Shropshire situated on the Severn Valley; It’s split into High Town and Low Town named on account of their elevations relative to the River Severn which separates the upper town on the right bank from the lower on the left.

On a cold January day in 1962, a motley assortment of young men assembled on the Crown Meadow for the first ever training session for what is now Bridgnorth Rugby Club and there has been a club there since.  It would be another 25 years until the introduction of the Courage Clubs Championship in 1987 and the club would make a slow start to their league history but recent success sees them playing at level 7 in the Midlands 2 West/North league.

Nicknamed the ‘All Blacks’ the club boast on their website that they ‘play for fun but like to win.’ However they have signed Worcester Warriors star Matt Farrington a 24 year old who has also coached at the club. He started as a mini at the club and moved on to Dudley, Stourbridge and Worcester before rejoining the club this year. However he is recovering from a serious knee injury and will play at Twickenham if the club is successful at Scarborough.

MARK FARRINGTON (SECOND LEFT) SIGNS FOR BRIDGNORTH

MATT FARRINGTON (SECOND LEFT) SIGNS FOR BRIDGNORTH

The ‘All Blacks’ struggled last season and finished at the lower end of Midlands 2 West/North. This season has seen a complete transformation with the club unbeaten so far having racked up over 1000 points whilst only conceding 113; an amazing turnaround!

BRIDGENORTH RFC's GROUND UNDER WATER

BRIDGNORTH RFC’s GROUND UNDER WATER

The club is looking to move to ensure their future and the following story was carried in the SHROPSHIRE STAR last year. ‘Bridgenorth RUFC has been offered favourable terms on the Swancote Country Club – about a mile from the town on the A454. Under its plans, large parts of the 28-acre site would be demolished to make way for a new ground, clubhouse and leisure facilities. Leaders of the 52-year-old rugby club said the move would secure its long-term survival. They  say they are acting out of frustration after a two-year battle with the town council over parking, constant worries about floods and a lack of space to build on the thriving junior section. The plans, which have been drawn up by Wolverhampton-based architects Tweedale, include eight pitches, changing  rooms, a bar, function room, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, beauty therapy rooms, a soft play area and a 500 capacity spectators stand overlooking the main pitch. Club chairman Peter Parkes told a meeting of more than 260 members this week that after months of discussions and investigative work, the preferred option was the development of a new ground at Swancote. Work could begin by the end of the year if members back the plans. He added: For this plan to come to fruition, everybody at the club needs to be on side.’   Flooded pitches at the Edgar Davies Ground are among the reasons Bridgnorth Rugby Club is looking to make a move

As yet I don’t know what progress has been made on the move but the club is still playing at the Edgar Davies Ground.

BRIDGNORTH CELEBRATE!

BRIDGNORTH CELEBRATE!

And finally, I was stationed near the town in the Royal Air Force in 1960 so I pre-date the club!!

2015-03-19 BRIDGNORTH BADGE

SCARBOROUGH 26 BLACKBURN 0 pictures Andy Standing

16 Mar
WESLEY LANGKILDE ON THE CHARGE

WESLEY LANGKILDE ON THE CHARGE

By Dave Campbell                                                          

Scarborough blew away the challenge of high-flying Blackburn and marched into the semi-finals of the Intermediate Cup at a packed and passionate Silver Royd.  A powerful pack performance was the cornerstone of the Seasiders’ best outing of the season running in four tries without reply against a side which has scored over 1000 points so far this season. 

Playing in bright sunshine with a stiff north-easterly wind behind them the men from Lancashire made early inroads but lacked penetration against a bristling Scarborough defensive line. Against a bigger side, Scarborough accepted the physical challenge and their ‘in your face’ attitude had the visitors rattled especially when Paul Taylor joined the fray at tight-head in the 11th minute. 

WAKEHAM, OGILVIE AND INGHAM IN ACTION AGAINST BLACKBURN

WAKEHAM, OGILVIE AND INGHAM IN ACTION AGAINST BLACKBURN

Most of the game was being played ten metres either side of halfway as the forward sparring continued but slick Blackburn handling on the home ten metre line in the 14th minute released winger Matt Hughes to power down the right touchline into the Scarborough 22. However some great cover tackling snuffed out the threat and the chance was gone. 

Scarborough was winning the back-row battle and Messrs Chapman, Ogilvie and Else were suffocating the visitors’ mid-field efforts. Blackburn employed the boot of flyhalf Sam Morgan to make ground looking to turn the Scarborough defence but his efforts rarely troubled the Seasiders’ back three of Harry Domett, Graeme Jeffery and Joe Marshall who counterattacked from deep. 

SCARBOROUGH HOOKER IAN WILLIAMS

SCARBOROUGH HOOKER IAN WILLIAMS

Tom Harrison’s kicking continued to trouble the visitors and when he set up an attacking five metre lineout in the 28th minute, the home pack executed a perfect catch and drive and prop Mark Hopper was driven over for the opening try. Harrison added the extras with a remarkable touchline conversion into the wind for a 7-0 lead. 

With Scarborough having a stranglehold up front and in midfield, Blackburn had great difficulty getting their much-vaunted back division into action and although the visiting threes appeared powerful they were often muscled out of it by the home defence.

PICK OF THE BACKS TOM HARRISON

PICK OF THE BACKS TOM HARRISON

 With half-time beckoning a bustling line-break by centre Billy Parker was taken on by skipper Tom Ratcliffe. The big centre was tackled inches short of the line and from the ensuing ruck Taylor powered over between the uprights. Harrison converted for a 14-0 halftime lead. 

Blackburn made a positive start to the second forty minutes and surprisingly marched the home eight back at a couple of early scrums but couldn’t sustain the momentum and lost their foothold in Scarborough territory when a clearance from Harrison took them back deep into their own half. 

BLACKBURN SCRUM-HALF SEAN HALL CLEARS FROM A RUCK

BLACKBURN SCRUM-HALF SEAN HALL CLEARS FROM A RUCK

The visitors continued to play with purpose and made some progress into the Scarborough half thanks to some elusive running by their man-of-the-match scrum-half Sean Hall. However their execution let them down so many times and when a promising attack floundered on the Scarborough 22, Harrison intercepted a sloppy pass and was only caught on the visitors’ ten metre line. 

Blackburn looked to run from far too deep and when they were squeezed in midfield, invariably lost possession. And from some good work in the loose by the indefatigable Eamon Chapman the ball was moved to Harrison 35 metres out; his superb looping run into the 22 saw the big No7 released to power over in the 52nd minute. Harrison missed his only conversion of the afternoon but Scarborough led 19-0. 

There was still plenty of fight left in the Lancastrians and unfortunately it spilled over near the touchline near halfway on the hour mark. However the referee Tom Doig sorted it out with calm authority and the handbags were stowed away for the remainder of the game. 

EAMON CHAPMAN TURNED IN A PERPETUAL MOTION PERFORMANCE

EAMON CHAPMAN TURNED IN A PERPETUAL MOTION PERFORMANCE

With Jordi Wakeham on for Robinson at Scrum-half the Blackburn defence was given a few more problems to solve and had their hands full containing his probing runs. Having almost created a try with a penetrating break with a few minutes to go Wakeham executed the coup de grace with a rapier-like dart into the 22, releasing Chapman for his second try on 80 minutes. Harrison converted to get the party started!

Scarborough march into Intermediate Cup semi with 26-0 defeat of Blackburn

15 Mar
WAKEHAM, OGILVIE AND INGHAM IN ACTION AGAINST BLACKBURN Photograph Andy Standing

WAKEHAM, OGILVIE AND INGHAM IN ACTION AGAINST BLACKBURN
Photograph Andy Standing

Scarborough blew away the challenge of high-flying Blackburn and marched into the semi-finals of the Intermediate Cup at a packed and passionate Silver Royd. yesterday afternoon.  A powerful pack performance was the cornerstone of the Seasiders’ best performance of the season running in four tries without reply against a side which has scored over 1000 points so far this season.

FULL REPORT AND VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH LEE DOUGLAS IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS ON-LINE LATER TODAY.

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell Blackburn / The Intermediate Cup / under-15s / RBS 6 Nations

13 Mar
BLACKBURN ON THE ATTACK

BLACKBURN ON THE ATTACK

Players, officials and supporters of Scarborough RUFC are gearing up for what will be the club’s biggest game of the century (all 15 years of it) when Blackburn RFC travel across the Pennines for the quarter-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup at Silver Royd on Saturday.

The Lancashire club’s narrow 28-24 home defeat of visitors St Benedict’s RFC last Saturday saw them move up to top spot in the North Lancs/Cumbria League. Blackburn have lost only twice this season both narrowly; back on the 4th of October 23-19 at St Benedict’s and in mid-January at home 8-7 to promotion rivals Leigh since when they are unbeaten. They have twice topped three figures without reply, beating Furness 100-0 in October and Hawcoat Park 116-0 two weeks ago. Progress to the last eight of this competition was made with a 36-12 win at Aspatria and a 16-16 home draw with Cheshire-based Northwich. Scarborough reached this stage in the competition with the 55-0 defeat of Consett here at Silver Royd and a 34-24 win on the road at Medicals (Newcastle).

SCARBOROUGH FRONT ROW

SCARBOROUGH FRONT ROW

Scarborough’s inconsistent season in the league continued with a 19-32 reverse at North Ribblesdale last week after racing to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter of the game. A huge contributing factor to their inconsistency this season has been a dearth of fit and experienced props. The side’s only specialist tight-head prop Paul Taylor has been dogged by injury and restricted by work commitments, leaving only inexperienced players to fill the gap and without a dedicated number three it’s more than difficult to anchor the scrum and provided a platform for a useful back division; this problem has to be addressed by next season.

PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS picture Andy Standing

PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS
picture Andy Standing

Long term injury victim Phil Watson, Taylor Smith and Tomasz Chadwick will miss the game but skipper Tom Ratcliffe will welcome Paul Taylor and Corey Dennis back from injury to a 22 man squad. Seven substitutes are allowed in the Intermediate Cup and Phil Stewart and Paul White are included in the squad. There are no other senior games on Saturday as the senior players want to attend the big game to cheer on their teammates.

TWICKENHAM

TWICKENHAM

Scarborough’s best effort in the National knockout competitions was to reach the semi-final of the Tetley’s Bitter Vase in 1999 when they lost at Billericay and missed out on a Twickenham final. Back then there was universal entry to all competitions every season with all RFU registered clubs taking part; 500+ clubs started in the Tetley Bitter Vase in that year. Matty Else is the only player who played at Billericay to play tomorrow although CEO Graeme Young also played that day.

MATTY ELSE STILL PLAYING!

MATTY ELSE STILL PLAYING!

Over the years I have been fortunate to travel around England reporting on our cup exploits for the then SCARBOROUGH EVENING NEWS, visiting clubs from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Billericay in Essex: I also took in our games at Chester-le-Street just over the boundary rope at Durham CCC’s Riverside ground in the Shadow of Lumley Castle, Daventry just off the M1 in Northamptonshire, Stoke (Trentham RFC) and Derby University to name but a few; at Newby we hosted such diverse opponents as York Railway Institute, Knottingly and London club Old Hamptonians who played in the shadow of Hampton Court Palace but have dropped out of the leagues and now play in division 6 of the Middlesex Merit Tables. It was a sad day when universal entry to the competitions ended but it was great fun while it lasted. That’s all in the past now and Blackburn’s superb playing record makes them firm favourites to progress further but as is always the case in knockout competitions, it depends on which side ‘turns up’ on the day.

THE UNDER-15S IN ACTION LAST SUNDAY

THE UNDER-15S IN ACTION LAST SUNDAY

 I took a trip up to the club last Sunday lunchtime and was treated to a terrific YRFU under-15s Bowl semi-final between Scarborough and Old Rishworthians. It was an excellent game well refereed by Daryl Conlin with the visitors edging it 12-10. Young Sean Mould scored both of Scarborough’s tries and both sides had vocal but seemly and friendly support from the sidelines. Why not pop along on this Sunday at 11am when the under-14 side take on Malton; it’s entertaining and you’ll get a glimpse into the future of the club.

THE NEW ITALY?........ I'M AFRAID SO!

THE NEW ITALY?…….. I’M AFRAID SO!

Finally, another RBS Six Nations weekend is upon us and with all the excitement surrounding the game at Silver Royd tomorrow, it almost slipped my mind. The big one this weekend is Wales v Ireland at the Millennium Stadium at 2.30pm tomorrow followed by Scotland (are they the new Italy? Answer: I’m afraid so) taking on England at Twickenham at five. A narrow Irish win and a barrow load for England against Scotland are my predictions. Italy hosts France at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday at 3pm. All games will be shown on the big screens at the J.M. Guthrie.

WINNERS OF SCARBOROUGH-BLACKBURN DRAWN AT HOME IN CUP SEMI-FINAL!

11 Mar
SCARBOROUGH PACKS DOWN AGAINST CONSETT IN THE GROUP STAGES OF THE INTERMEDIATE CUP

SCARBOROUGH PACKS DOWN AGAINST CONSETT IN THE GROUP STAGES OF THE INTERMEDIATE CUP photograph Andy Standing

The winner of the Scarborough-Blackburn Intermediate Cup quarter-final at Silver Royd on Saturday will have the advantage of a home semi-final against the winner of the Midland region quarter final. The semi-final will be on Saturday the 4th of April. WHAT AN INCENTIVE FOR BOTH TEAMS!

Scarbrough let a 19-0 lead slip and lose 32-10 at North Ribblesdale

8 Mar

Inconsistent Scarborough grabbed an early 19-0 lead at North Ribblesdale yesterday then snatched defeat from the jaws of victory conceding 32 points without reply. Self belief seems a major problem for the men from Silver Royd which bodes ill for next week’s Intermediate Cup Quarter-final. Their opponents Blackburn had a narrow 28-24 home win against St Benedict’s RFC yesterday. Full report from Dan Gregory later today in the SCARBOROUGH NEWS on-line.

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