FROM THETOUCHLINE Scarborough v Yarnbury preview

2 Oct
By DAVE CAMPBELL

By DAVE CAMPBELL

JAMES LEACH & MIKEY READMAN IN ACTION AT BRIDLINGTON photograph ANDY STANDING

JAMES LEACH & MIKEY READMAN IN ACTION AT BRIDLINGTON photograph ANDY STANDING

Next up at Silver Royd tomorrow are Leeds-based outfit Yarnbury RFC who are Scarborough’s Yorkshire One opponents on the club’s first Ladies Day.

In the recent past Yarnbury were promoted from Yorkshire Two at the end of season 2013/14 and were narrowly beaten 20-13 by Gloucester club Newent in the final of the Senior Vase. Last season the honours were even between the clubs with Yarnbury winning 25-24 at their place at the start of the season and Scarborough winning 35-27 at Silver Royd in the first game of this year. The west Yorkshiremen have a long string of injuries at the moment and it’s been reflected in their results with three heavy home defeats 21-36 to Heath, 5-47 to Bridlington and last week’s 8-52 drubbing by Old Brods. However, they did win their only away game so far, beating West Park Leeds 18-11 at The Sycamores.

With two wins and a draw behind them skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men travelled to unbeaten Bridlington last Saturday without the services of Ant Coffey, Tomasz Chadwick, Jordan Wakeham, Paul Taylor, Phil Watson and Drew Govier and turned in a creditable performance;  and despite having had Eamon Chapman sin-binned and Craig Farrell taken off injured, they led 15-9 at the break. They conceded a couple of early second-half tries and although they gave their all, Bridlington grabbed a narrow 22-18 victory with a late penalty.

EAMON CHAPMAN HAS LEFT SCARBOROUGH FOR GUERSEY RUFC photograph ANDY STANDING

EAMON CHAPMAN HAS LEFT SCARBOROUGH FOR GUERNSEY RUFC photograph ANDY STANDING

When the teams were announced on Wednesday, the Silver Royd faithful was wondering why last season’s first fifteen player of the year Eamon Chapman was not on the team sheet. Apparently the Aussie-born back row had been in contact with Guernsey Rugby Club in the Channel Islands and has decided to move on to sunnier climes. This was a big disappointment to all at Scarborough as he had committed to play for the club this season. It is a blow to lose such an experienced back row player but I have every confidence in the club’s youthful trio of loose forwards Drew Govier, Ben Martin and James Leach who have done so well this season.

JORDI WAKEHAM STARTS AT SCRUM-HALF TOMORROW photo Andy Standing

JORDI WAKEHAM STARTS AT SCRUM-HALF TOMORROW
photo Andy Standing

There seems so much in terms of injury and unavailability goes on between selection and kick-off, however here is the Scarborough team news as of Tuesday after training: Leach moves to No8 to replace Chapman whilst Phil Watson and Govier return to the pack. Wakeham returns at scrum-half as does Chadwick at inside centre to be joined by Coffey who has recovered from a calf injury and plays at outside-centre for the injured Ratcliffe.  Paul Taylor, Ben Martin and Matty Oxtoby are on the bench. However, it’s anybody’s guess what the starting fifteen will be tomorrow.

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