FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – MALTON – VALKRYIES – LONDON SCOTTISH

4 Dec

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DAVE CAMPBELL

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SCARBOROUGH V BRADFORD & BINGLEY photograph ANDY STANDING

Hopefully the weather will have improved from last week for Scarborough’s Yorkshire One derby fixture with neighbours Malton and Norton at Silver Royd tomorrow. For Last week’s Yorkshire Shield second round ties the weather was atrocious wherever you were and particularly so here on the Yorkshire coast. Driving rain and gale force wind made it a very difficult day for rugby; Bradford & Bingley coped more successfully with the elements than the Seasiders and deserved their 22-8 win. They have been drawn against Malton at the Gannock in the quarter final.

Malton were also in Shield action last week at Heath where they had earlier lost 25-23 in the league but like the Bees they put in a superb performance and won 10-3, their fourth consecutive win. Having had a great league season in 2014-15 Malton ended runners-up but failed at the final hurdle losing in the play-offs. Undaunted they have come straight back in this campaign and sit in second place having lost only twice in twelve league games. Their last league outing saw them beat struggling Yarnbury 20-15 at the Gannock.

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TOM RATCLIFFE MOVES BACK TO THE WING TOMORROW photograph ANDY STANDING

Malton welcome back several first team players tomorrow who have recovered from injury whilst Scarborough’s lengthening injury-list with established first-teamers Paul Taylor, Ian Williams, James Leach, Anthony Coffey, Harry Domett and Graeme Jeffrey all missing last week has improved slightly with Jeffrey and Williams returning to action on Saturday.  Skipper Tom Ratcliffe vacates the fullback position for Jeffrey and last week’s try-scorer Toby Welsby drops down to the bench. Ian Williams returns as hooker but front-rowers Mark Hooper, Taylor and Hayden Ogilve are injured so Alessandro Zavatti starts at loose-head prop. At the time of going to press a front-row replacement had yet to be named and if Coach Lee Douglas is struggling in that department, it could be a long afternoon for the Silver Royd front-row.Elsewhere, the Vikings are at the Gannock to play Malton 2nds and The Danesmen take on Malton 3rds at Silver Royd, All games kick-off at 2.15pm.

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ALESSANDRO ZAVATTI starts at loose-head

The Valkryies travelled to Barnsley last Sunday looking to get back on track following their defeat by leaders York RI on their last league outing.  However they found the south Yorkshire ladies in punishing form running in four second half tries following a scoreless first half.   Despite Strong winds and driving rain both sides produced a well-structured game although the elements made things difficult for the protagonists.    The Valkryies played with the wind in the first half but the slippery ball and capricious wind resulted in a glut of turnovers. However the Scarborough girls harnessed the wind well and put Barnsley under pressure with some well-judged kicking out of hand but the home defence held firm.   Barnsley lost the services of flanker Chanel Rushforth who was taken to hospital with concussion in the second quarter but rallied to have a pot at goal just before half-time. However Katie England’s kick sailed wide and the half ended scoreless.  With the wind behind them in the second half Barnsley pressed Scarborough from the start and it was no surprise when England went over to open the scoring and converted for a 7-0 lead. Mid-way through the half further tries by Leonora Salvucci and Becky Patrick stretched the Barnsley lead to 17-0 as the visitors tired in the stamina-sapping conditions.   Barnsley was slow to a breakdown in the 72nd minute and Scarborough prop Samantha Knight picked up and powered through a gap to touchdown. Mel Halstead added the extras to reduce the arrears to ten points at 17-7.  From the restart the south Yorkshire girls came straight back and following good work by Sally Wenham and Sarah Hill; Dawn Woodcock went over for her side’s fourth try. England converted for 24-7 to clinch the points.  Both sides did particularly well to produce an exciting game in appalling conditions with Barnsley deserved winners. Leah Gillon(forwards) and Rachel Thomson(backs) were named players of the match.

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THE VALKRYIES AFTER THEIR GAME AT BARNSLEY

The Valkryies next scheduled home match against Bishop Auckland Ladies on the 13th of December will now be played on the 31st of January 1916 due to a clash with the British and Irish Cup game between Yorkshire Carnegie and London Irish. The Silver Royd ladies are next in action at Morpeth on the 17th of January. Their next home outing will be on Sunday 24th of January when the take on Harrogate Ladies.

London Scottish v Rotherham Titans, Green King IPA Championship,

LONDON SCOTTISH V ROTHERHAM

The visit of London Scottish next weekend reminds me of my first visit to ‘Scottish’ at Richmond almost fifty years ago. I was serving in the RAF at the Air Ministry building in Whitehall and a colleague played for the ‘Exiles.’ I’ve got to say that even as a smart young airman I was treated like something the cat had dragged in once they found out that I came from the west of Scotland and went to a school where they didn’t play rugby; which was a surprise as at that time their star man was Scottish International second row Alastair McHarg who came from Irvin in Ayrshire.  It was quite the ‘knobbiest’ rugby club I’d ever visited.  I hope we can provide a much warmer welcome at Silver Royd than I received from the posh retread Jocks at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

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