FRIDAY’S FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell – Scarborough travel to Pontefract for final game

24 Apr

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

TAYLOR SMITH LEADS THE CHARGE AT PONTEFRACT

TAYLOR SMITH LEADS THE CHARGE AT PONTEFRACT LAST MONTH

With nothing riding on the game, I was more than surprised that Scarborough’s abandoned fixture at Pontefract is going ahead. The west Yorkshiremen were, as far as I could see already relegated from Yorkshire One in second-bottom place nine points adrift of Heath RFC in third bottom. However, rumour now has it that a team further up Yorkshire One  may be deducted points for some infringement of Northern Rugby Football Union rules and there is a possible escape route for Pontefract; so the only outstanding league fixture must be played.

BILLY PARKER RETURNS TOMORROW

BILLY PARKER RETURNS TOMORROW

Although many of the Scarborough players could have had made long term holiday arrangements this weekend, in fact only one player, Graeme Jeffrey is unavailable; however Eamon Chapman, Mark Hopper and Harry Domett miss the game through injury. The Seasiders retain the same back division as last week, except that Billy Parker replaces Jeffrey and Joe Marshall moves back to the wing. Up front Paul Taylor, Ian Williams and Wesley Langkilde make up the front row with James Leach in the engine room.  Nick Ingham plays No8 with Taylor Smith and Hayden Ogilvie making up the breakaway unit. Jesse MacDonald, Phil Stewart and Martin Robinson are on the bench.

JORDAN WAKEHAM CONTINUES AT SCRUM-HALF

JORDAN WAKEHAM CONTINUES AT SCRUM-HALF

The abandoned game a few weeks ago was stopped after 30 minutes with Scarborough 10-7 ahead. However, back in the November Coach Lee Douglas’ men  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 key players missing it will be a tricky afternoon for skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men but he’ll be buoyed by the return of the experienced Billy Parker at centre and a start for talismanic prop Paul Taylor in what will definitely by the last game of the season.

INSPIRATIONAL PAUL TAYLOR

INSPIRATIONAL PAUL TAYLOR

If they fail to beat the drop, Pontefract will be 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 inaugural season in 1987. 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 after eleven years.  They have struggled over the last few seasons and so far this campaign have won only five games; three early season victories against Yarnbury in September, Hullensians in October and Old Brodleians in mid November were followed by the single point 27-26 defeat of York on the 3rd of January following a four month drought. Last week they relegated fellow strugglers Wath-upon-Dearn beating them 44-17 at their Moor Lane HQ.

TOM HARRISON RACES AWAY TO SCORE AGAINST SELBY

TOM HARRISON RACES AWAY TO SCORE AGAINST SELBY LAST WEEK

Although tomorrow’s game is the last of the regular season, next weekend sees three days of sporting action with Rugby (Women, girls and youth), Football and Cricket all being played at Silver Royd. More details in local and social media in the coming week. 

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