From the Touchline with Dave Campbell BRIDLINGTON / VALKRYIES / RWC

25 Sep
By DAVE CAMPBELL

By DAVE CAMPBELL

PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS AT BRIDLINGTON

PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS AT BRIDLINGTON

Scarborough is on the road tomorrow to take on Bridlington in the first local Derby of the season. The men from Dukes Park have made a flying start to their Yorkshire One campaign winning all three of their opening games and amassing over 100 points in the process. Consecutive home wins over West Park Leeds 36-10 and Old Brodleians 26-8 was followed last week by a superb road show in which they disposed of Horsforth-based outfit Yarnbury 47-5. Bridlington coach Paul Cook has got his charges firing on all cylinders and although it’s still early days they now sit second in the league behind leaders Bradford & Bingley.

GRAEME JEFFREY SCORES AGAINST BRIDLINGTON

GRAEME JEFFREY SCORES AGAINST BRIDLINGTON

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men have also made an unbeaten start to the season but perhaps in a less emphatic way than our neighbours down the coast; an opening day 21-0 win over Selby at Silver Royd was followed by a disappointing 21-21 draw with Heath on the road.  Last week a scrappy game with West Park Leeds saw the Seasiders race to an early 15-0 lead as they had done at Heath the previous week; however it took a late Tom Harrison penalty to ensure an unconvincing 31-23 win.

ANT COFFEY STILL CARRYING A CALF INJURY

ANT COFFEY STILL CARRYING A CALF INJURY

The loss of in-form fullback Ant Coffey in the pre-match warm-up with a calf injury was a blow as were injuries to Tomasz Chadwick and Eamon Chapman who started on the bench and never looked really fit. Harry Domett was moved to fullback and Jordan Wakeham and Matty Young started on the wings with Craig Farrell starting his first game for a couple of years. It was a bit of mishmash and the resulting game was unsurprisingly scrappy.

TEENAGER HAYDEN OGILVIE STARTS IN THE FRONT ROW

TEENAGER HAYDEN OGILVIE STARTS IN THE FRONT ROW

For tomorrow’s game influential tight-head prop Paul Taylor and young Hayden Ogilvie start in the front row; Phil Watson is unavailable and James Leach joins Mikey Readman in the engine room with Chapman starting at No8 for Leach. In the backs Graeme Jeffrey returns from injury on the wing whilst Jordan Wakeham, Wesley Langkilde and Nick Ingham are on the bench.  Before a previous game with Bridlington their then coach criticised the makeup of the Scarborough side as being full of imports; for the record, nine of tomorrow’s team come from the club youth set up, five of them are 18 or under with three 17-year-olds in the pack! The game kicks-off at 3pm. Also in action against Bridlington are the Vikings at Silver Royd and the Danesmen at Bridlington.

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

The Valkryies continued their good start to the season with a convincing 44-22 win over visitors Morpeth at Silver Royd last Sunday. It was technically their best performance to date, their handling and ball retention was a vast improvement on their win at Acklam the previous week and a big home support was impressed and appreciative. Everyone played their part with Jess Glanvill, Mel Halstead, Jess Bray and skipper Cathy-Ann Myers having a big influence on the game. A great defensive display, two tries and a couple of conversions saw Halstead named Player of the Match. The Silver Royd ladies will be back in action on the 11th of October when they are in league action at Harrogate.

JAPAN CELEBRATE BEATING SOUTH AFRICA

JAPAN CELEBRATE BEATING SOUTH AFRICA

The Rugby World Cup is now in full swing and is breaking records for attendances, financial success and television audiences. There is absolutely no doubt that the game of the tournament so far was last weekend’s defeat of South Africa by Japan. I think it’s probably the most thrilling rugby match I’ve ever watched and had me on the edge of my seat for the full 86 minutes of its duration. It’ll take some topping; however maybe tomorrow night’s big game with Wales will be a classic. I certainly hope so.

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