FRIDAY’S FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell | Heath | Mo | A busy ref

10 Apr

PICTURES BY Andy Standing

Paul Taylor in action against Bridgnorth

Paul Taylor in action against Bridgnorth

The dust has settled after last week’s big cup semi-final and although the disappointment still lingers at Scarborough Rugby club, it’s back to league action as they welcome Heath RUFC to Silver Royd tomorrow. Like Scarborough, Heath’s problem this season has been inconsistency; the men from North Dean won their opening game of the season with the 18-11 home defeat of Hullensians, then lost the next five on the trot. Four wins out of five followed that lean spell before they lapsed into inconsistency winning only three of their next eleven games. They have won only twice on the road; at Bridlington (14-0) early this year and at bottom club Pontefract in their last away game 25-21. A storming performance in their league outing two weeks ago saw them earn a losing bonus point when they went down 15-20 to league-leaders Doncaster Phoenix. Back in November Lee Douglas’ charges won 28-10 at Heath and picked up a winning bonus point thanks to tries from Matty Else, Mikey Readman, Taylor Smith and Nick Ingham. Tom Harrison converted all four.

TOM RATCLIFFE ON THE CHARGE IN FRONT OF A PACKED STAND LAST WEEK

TOM RATCLIFFE ON THE CHARGE IN FRONT OF A PACKED STAND LAST WEEK

At the time of going to press Lee Douglas’ selection included eighteen players who were all involved in last week’s cup game with the exception of Jordy Wakeham who didn’t  get off the bench last week and Taylor Smith; they play for the Vikings tomorrow. Corey Dennis and Phil Watson came through unscathed on return from injury last week and are in the squad. The only real long term injury worry now is Tomasz Chadwick.

MEN V VALKRYIES TAG-RUGBY LAST MONDAY

MEN V VALKRYIES TAG-RUGBY LAST MONDAY

Once again there was a good turnout for Mo Stevenson’s Memorial Day last Monday. Due to family commitments, I couldn’t make the 15 a side game but I did enjoy the tag-rugby between the men and the Valkryies and a sizeable sum was raised for St Catherine’s Hospice on the day.

MORE TAG ACTION

MORE TAG ACTION

There is plenty of rugby at Silver Royd tomorrow with the Vikings kicking off at 12.30pm against Leicestershire club Shepshed followed at three by Scarborough’s league game and the Danesmen’s  game with Driffield. The fun on the paddock continues in the evening when the Club Dinner and Presentation Night is held; all players, supporters, coaches and their partners are cordially invited; Dinner 7pm for 7.30pm with tickets at £10 per person.

Pete in action refereeing Mo's Memorial game.

Pete in action refereeing Mo’s Memorial game.

A big thanks is due to RFU referee Pete Stentiford who refereed Scarborough’s cup-semi last Saturday and acquitted himself well in a fevered atmosphere at Silver Royd in front of nearly 1,800 spectators. The Whitby-based whistler showed his undoubted commitment to grassroots rugby as he was back at the same venue for the late Mo Stevenson’s memorial match on Monday which raised money for St Catherine’s Hospice thanks again Pete!

It was nice to see former Scarborough back row Chris Lee on Monday. Chris lives in the Leeds area now and plays for West Park Leeds. They look odds on favourites for the runners-up spot in Yorkshire Two so we could well see him in action at Silver Royd next season.

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