FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL HEATH AT SILVER ROYD – Newcastle v Yorkshire Carnegie under-18s

18 Dec
2015-09-03 CLUB PIC TWO

DAVE CAMPBELL

 

2015-12-17 STEAMING CARNAGIE PACK SHARPENED

CARNEGIE-SCOTTISH AT SILVER ROYD photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough’s senior games (away from home) were washed away last weekend and in the case of the first team perhaps it was a relief as there were so many injured for the trip to Bradford Salem. The Silver Royd club are still suffering from an ever-lengthening injury list and it looks as if only one of their ‘walking wounded’ Mark Hopper has recovered and will play at hooker against visitors Heath RUFC tomorrow+-; veteran Nick Ingham comes in for Phil Watson in the second row and Jack Ireland makes his debut for Ben Martin at blind-side. Martin Robinson is preferred at scrum-half to Jordan Wakeham who scored two tries in the corresponding game at Heath. Jordan joins Billy Parker and Jacob Young on the bench.

Heath have had a mixed season with only six league wins and are two places and three points adrift of the Seasiders. On their last outing a couple of weeks ago the Halifax-based side were narrowly beaten 10-3 at home by Malton in the Yorkshire Shield. Their home fixture with Bridlington last Saturday fell foul of the weather.

Earlier in the season Scarborough travelled to Heath and came away with a 20-20 draw.  A clinical performance early on saw them lead 15-0 at half-time but the home side came back strongly after the break and a draw was a fair result although Scarborough was under the cosh in the latter stages of the game. Jordan Wakeham (2) and Ant Coffey were the Seasiders’ try scorers that day. The game with Heath which kicks off at 3pm is preceded by a game between Yorkshire Carnegie under-18s and Newcastle Falcons under-18s which will get underway at 12.30pm.

Last Sunday’s cracker of a British and Irish Cup match between Yorkshire Carnegie and London Scottish made up for the disappointment of having no club rugby on Saturday because of the weather.  And having personalities such as Kevin Sinfield OBE, Sir Ian McGeechan and former Scotland skipper and Carnegie coach Ian Redpath at Silver Royd gave the day a special feel. However, as much as I enjoy and look forward to these games wouldn’t it be great if all the hype and excitement was about our own club for a change?

Good news for Scarborough came at half-time in the British & Irish Cup game on Sunday with the announcement that Silver Royd would once again host the county championship ‘war of the roses’ game between Yorkshire and Lancashire; a testament to the club’s probity and organisation of these big events. The fixture is scheduled for May 2016.

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