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!

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