Archive | August, 2015

SCARBOROUGH BEAT HIGH-FLYING POCKLINGTON AT SILVER ROYD

30 Aug
NEW KIWI FULLBACK ANT  COFFEY OPENED THE SCORING

NEW KIWI FULLBACK ANT COFFEY OPENED THE SCORING

 SCARBOROUGH 31 POCKLINGTON 26

By Dave Campbell

 

Having played and beaten Yorkshire One sides Malton and West Park Leeds in previous pre-season games, North One East side Pocklington came into the game as firm favourites. However Scarborough played an entertaining brand of running, handling rugby from the start and for most of the game looked the sharper of the two teams, running in five tries.

The Seasiders took a 7-0 lead in the 6th minute when a move started in their own half by prop Wesley Langkilde was moved through four pairs of hands for Kiwi debutante fullback Ant Coffey to power over wide on the left. Fly-half Tom Harrison added the extras for a 7-0 lead. The Scarborough advantage was however short lived and a slick move near the home line saw Pocklington level the scores with a converted try.

Scarborough bossed the forward exchanges in tight and loose and their entertaining brand of rugby brought tries for skipper Tom Ratcliffe, centre Tomasz Chadwick  and Paul White in the 15th, 25th and 39th minute respectively. Harrison converted two and Scarborough deservedly led 26-7 at the break.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men struggled when they made a string of substitutions in the third quarter and ‘Pock’ ran in converted tries in the 47th and 59th minute. A hard fought fourth quarter thrilled a sparse Silver Royd turnout and the visitors levelled the scores at 26-26 in the 79th minute.

That looked to have settled the ‘friendly’ in a satisfactory way.  However, when Pocklington infringed in midfield and Harrison’s kick took play deep into the visitors’ territory; following an attacking lineout, back row Eamon Chapman brushed aside the attentions of a packed visiting defence to clinch the game with a powerfully taken try for a well deserved Scarborough win.

THE KEY FACTS:

SCARBOROUGH:  TRIES:  COFFEY RATCLIFFE CHADWICK  WHITE CHAPMAN – CONVERSIONS: HARRISON 3

 FULL REPORT AND TEAMS IN THURSDAY’S  SCARBOROUGH NEWS

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POCKLINGTON STEP IN FOR MOORTOWN AT SILVER ROYD ON SATURDAY

27 Aug

2015-02-15 CHARLIE  SCORES

With Yorkshire Two outfit Moortown failing to raise a team for their  Yorkshire Shield first round tie against Scarborough, Pocklington who were let down by Beverley in the Cup, have stepped into the breach to play a pre-season ‘friendly’ with Lee Douglas’ charges at Silver Royd on Saturday; kick-off 3pm.

‘Pock’ were promoted from Yorkshire One two seasons ago and have held their own with ease in North One (east); this will be their third pre-season game having had games with Malton and West Park Leeds so far this month. Scarborough on the other hand have yet to have a full game so far having been let down by Acklam last week.

ANT COFFEY

ANT COFFEY

 Negotiations in the recruitment field have been tortuous this summer with many overseas players wanting payment for their services which is against Scarborough RUFC policy; however recruitment officer Nick Ingham has recruited two overseas players, Ant Coffey a utility back and Andy Zafatti a prop who join us from New Zealand and Canada respectively.

ANDY ZAVATTI

ANDY ZAVATTI

A large number of players from last season have been working on their fitness and physique throughout the summer with particularly Tomasz Chadwick, skipper Tom Ratcliffe, Paul Taylor, Phil Watson and Mikey Readman in good shape. Eamon Chapman flew back from Australia this week and there will be a clutch of good young players moving up to the senior ranks this season. Hayden Ogilvie will play in the front row I’m told and a big, nasty No8 (not sure about the adjectives) is in the pipeline.

FIT AGAIN PHIL WATSON RETURNS TO ACTION

FIT AGAIN PHIL WATSON RETURNS TO ACTION

With Bradford & Bingley, West Park Leeds and Bradford Salem further strengthening Yorkshire One this season, Lee Douglas will have a chance to assess his squad in match conditions ahead of what looks like a tough campaign ahead, starting with the visit to Silver Royd of Selby on the 5th of September.

Finally, having been under construction for most of the summer, Scarborough Rugby Club’s website should be on-line this time next week.  It has been sorely missed but I’m told the new site will be a revelation. I can’t wait!!

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