FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL ***** YORK AWAY ***** WESLEY LANGKILDE ***** THE VALKRYIES

6 Nov

JORDAN WAKEHAM SCORED TWO FIRST HALF TRIES AT HEATH TODAY picture: ANDY STANDING

Scarborough returns to action following the break for the Rugby World Cup final with a short trip down the A64 to take on York at Clifton Park tomorrow. The Minster-men have made an indifferent start to the season with a few good results on the road including an 11-10 win at Malton but have lost their last three games at home to Bradford Salem, Heath and Bridlington. Their last league outing on the road saw them go down 26-39 to struggling Yarnbury.

TOMASZ CHADWICK RETURNS TOMORROW

TOMASZ CHADWICK RETURNS TOMORROW

Scarborough are struggling with injuries and are still without Harry Domett (knee), Ant Coffey (ribs) and influential prop Paul Taylor who continues to be plagued by back problems. However, they have some good news as Tomasz Chadwick who has been suffering from a long-term hamstring problem returns tomorrow. He plays in the centre with Alex Renwick making up the Seasiders’ seventh different centre pairing in nine league games. Up front Andy Rossol returns to the back row and teams up with Drew Govier and James Leach whilst newcomer Issac Faamau starts on the bench with Alessandro Zavatti and Joe Lenton. Paul White is unavailable for this game.

ISSAC FAAMAU (LEFT) MAKES HIS DEBUT TOMORROW

ISSAC FAAMAU (LEFT) MAKES HIS DEBUT TOMORROW

It seems incredible but I’ve yet to see Scarborough beat York away from home in over 30 years covering the club; however the games have always been close. On their last couple of visits to Clifton Park, the Seasiders have surrendered early leads to lose 19-14 last year and 27-22 the season before. This season Scarborough have made a marginally better start than their opponents so could my patience be rewarded on Tomorrow? Elsewhere the Vikings and Danesmen are also in action against York 2nds and 3rds at Silver Royd and Clifton Park respectively; don’t forget all games kick-off at 2.15pm.

WESLEY LANGKILDE

WESLEY LANGKILDE

I’ve written quite a bit about the Silver Royd ‘Bratpack’ of teenage players and they have been exceptional this season. However they are not the only ones to have risen to the challenge of Yorkshire One rugby. Paul Taylor’s ongoing injury problems have catapulted Wesley Langkilde into the limelight where he no longer is a bit player in the Seasiders’ front row; having lost weight during the summer, the big Kiwi prop is getting fitter week on week and has become a favourite of the Silver Royd faithful. Keep it up Wes!!

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

The Valkryies made the long trip to Derby on October 25th and came away from the east Midlands with a stunning four try victory from their first ever National Knockout Cup game.The visitors had the majority of possession in the first half, controlling it well and going through the phases.  Their industry on the training ground was paying off and slick work, from organisation in defence and quick line speed to securing ball at the breakdown, saw them dominate. The Valkryies took an early lead when they were awarded a penalty try when Mel Halstead was high-tackled in the act of scoring in the 10th minute. She converted herself for a 7-0 lead.   Bex Carr grabbed the visitors’ second touchdown following good midfield work to stretch the lead to 12-0 before a Derby try cut the lead to 12-5 midway through the half. Clair Wilkinson rounded off a great first-half for the Vakryies with a surging run to cross for a 17-5 lead at the break.  The Vipers had much more possession in the second half but the Scarborough side stuck to their task with terrific defending from Carr, Halstead and Casey Jordan when Derby was camped on their line. As the Valkryies tired, the Vipers drove over for a converted try to put them within five points of the visitors at 12-17 and only a converted try from victory. Scarborough maintained their composure and went looking for the try that would secure the win. They re-doubled their efforts and got the win their efforts so richly deserved when skipper and scrum-half Cathy-Ann Myers jinked through a mesmerised Derby defence to power over for the clinching try. Mel Halstead added the extras for a memorable 24-12 win.

VALKRYIES SKIPPER CATHY-ANN MYERS IN ACTION

VALKRYIES SKIPPER CATHY-ANN MYERS 

This first cup win was all the more creditable as the Scarborough girls lost two players unavailable on the morning of the match and played the whole game with fourteen. As they have progressed, the skill levels within the group have improved exponentially and they play some good structured rugby with not a little flair. After their cup triumph in they are back in league action at Silver Royd on Sunday against joint-leaders YORK RI. Both sides are unbeaten so far this season so it should be a Cracker. Kick-off is at noon.

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