From the Touchline with DAVE CAMPBELL – Bradford & Bingley – Vikings – Valkryies – World Cup

14 Oct
By DAVE CAMPBELL

By DAVE CAMPBELL

TOM HARRISON IN ACTION AGAINST OLD BRODS Andy Standing

TOM HARRISON IN ACTION AGAINST OLD BRODS Andy Standing

Scarborough travel west on Saturday to take on league-leaders Bradford and Bingley looking for their first win on the road this season.  It won’t be an easy task as the ‘Bees’ currently lead Yorkshire One with a 100% unbeaten record. Last week they were on the road and came away with a comfortable 59-25 win at Yarnbury, their sixth bonus-point win of the season.

BEN MARTIN

BEN MARTIN HAD A CRACKER AGAINST BRODS Andy Standing

TEAM NEWS

Following last week’s remarkable comeback to draw 31-31 with visitors Old Brodleians, injuries have once again resulted in more disruption to Coach Lee Douglas’ plans. Influential tight-head prop Paul Taylor is injured and as last week Hayden Ogilvie, Ian Williams and Wesley Langkilde start in the front row, Mikey Readman and Phil Watson are in the engine room and Ben Martin, who had another cracker last week, joins fellow teenagers Drew Govier and James Leech in the back row. The three-quarters are completely re-shuffled with Graeme Jeffrey at fullback, Matty Young and Ratcliffe on the wings and Paul White and Anthony Coffey in the centres. Alessandro Zavatti, Matty Oxtoby and youngster Toby Welsby, who made a promising debut from the bench last week, are named as substitutes.

HARROGATE'S NEW GROUND AT RUDDING LANE

HARROGATE’S NEW GROUND AT RUDDING LANE

BRADFORD & BINGLEY

Bradford and Bingley have suffered consecutive relegations from National Three then North One but have in general played further up the food chain than Scarborough. The last meeting between the Seasiders and the Bees took place back in October 2002 in North Two East when I was ‘privileged’ to watch Scarborough slide to the club’s record defeat as they were blown away 116-3 at Wagon Lane.  In mitigation, the Tongan International Sevens side from the previous summer’s Commonwealth games in Manchester, who had trained at the club during the games, stayed on to play for the Bees that season.

MARTIN ROBINSON

MARTIN ROBINSON

THE VIKINGS

The Vikings entertain Hull-based side Marist RFC on Saturday; the Silver Royd second string is boosted by the inclusion of Mark Hopper, Joe Lenton, Martin Robinson and Andy Rossol who have all seen first team action this season. Marist RUFC was founded in 1959 and has evolved from the Marist College Hull Old Boys side. At one stage they played in Yorkshire Two and therefore have met Scarborough in league fixtures many times. However, I believe they have now dropped out of the league system and probably only field one side. Kick off at Silver Royd and Wagon Lane is 3pm.

VALKRYIES' LINEOUT AT HARROGATE

VALKRYIES’ LINEOUT AT HARROGATE

THE VALKRYIES

The Valkryies were the first side from Scarborough to play at Harrogate’s new ground at Rudding Lane last Sunday and came away with a victory that extended their unbeaten run in the Northern Woman’s League to three games. Tries from Mel Halstead and Aisling Robinson saw the Scarborough girls lead 10-5 at the break. Second half touchdowns from Jess Bray, Cathy-Ann Myers and Clair Wilknson, two converted by Player of the Match Mel Halstead saw the visitors to a comfortable 29-5 win. Hopefully Cathy-Ann’s team will be able to field props for their next game but they were the better side all over the paddock in this one with their handling improving game on game

THE ALL BLACKS

THE ALL BLACKS

THE RUGBY WORLD CUP

Even with England eliminated at the group stage there is still plenty of great rugby to be had for the neutral, although my lot are still in it, until Sunday at least!  Saturday sees injury-hit Wales take on South Africa at Twickenham then The All Blacks play France at the Millennium Stadium; games kick off at 4pm and 8pm respectively. On Sunday it’s Ireland-Argentina at one-o-clock in Cardiff followed by Scotland-Australia at Twickenham. My heart may say otherwise but being pragmatic it looks like South Africa-New Zealand and Ireland-Australia in the semis; could there by a big upset? Let’s hope so for the sake of the tournament. All games will be shown on the big screens in the J.M. Guthrie.

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