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

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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!!!

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