From the touchline with DAVE CAMPBELL – Crocs – Valkryies – Dave – Zoe – Mo

25 Mar

 

2016-03-24 WESLEY SCORES AT CROCS

WESLEY LANGKILDE SCORES AT OLD CROSSLEYANS LAST WEEK photo Andy Standing

I was unable to produce a blog previewing last weekend’s game at Old Crossleyans for personal reasons but the team did in the end come away from west Yorkshire with a bonus point win. There is no game tomorrow but here is  my report from Old Crossleyans:

‘Scarborough got off to a flying start running in three tries in the opening 13 minutes at Old Crossleyans. But having fallen behind at the break, they bounced back to grab a bonus-point win.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men took control from the start playing a fast and furious brand of rugby and took a 5-0 lead in the 7th minute with try from prop Wesley Langkilde.

The Seasiders were irresistible in the early exchanges and when wing Graeme Jeffrey broke a couple of tackles and galloped out of his own half his pass found Isaac Faamau. The marauding No8 released fly-half Tomasz Chadwick who switched play right to left with a cross-field kick and centre Ant Coffey plucked the ball from the air and powered over in the 11th minute.

Coffey had barely time to convert for 12-0 when he was back in action two minutes later involved in a sweeping move from deep finished off by Langkilde for 17-0.

Apparently exhausted by their early efforts the Seasiders took their foot of the gas and the Halifax-based side took control of the second quarter.

A try from flanker Billy Hammond gave ‘Crocs’ a foothold in the game in the 21st minute and fullback and skipper Chris Vine reduced the arrears to ten points with the conversion.

Centre Luke Saltonstall intercepted a loose Scarborough pass in midfield to race away and score in the 25th minute. Vine converted to cut the Scarborough advantage to three points.

Leading 17-14 Scarborough couldn’t buy some possession at that stage and when left wing Gareth Sweeney got on the end of a slick move following forward pressure on the Scarborough line, the first half transformation was complete and Crossleyans led 19-17 in the 37th minute.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe had a chance to snatch the lead back with a difficult penalty on the stroke of half-time but his effort just missed the upright.

The second half was a far less frenetic affair than the first and Scarborough took control through the forwards who reasserted the dominance they had shown early in the game with lock James Leach, Faamau and flanker Ben Martin in punishing form.

A series of attacking five metre scrums saw the visiting eight turn the screw and Crossleyans’ replacement Rory Davis was sin binned in the 53rd minute.

The Seasiders continued to pile on the pressure and regained the lead in the 55th minute when the impressive Isaac Faamau drove over and Ratcliffe converted from the touchline for 24-19.

A Tom Ratcliffe penalty in the 68th minute increased the gap between the sides to eight points before scrum half Jordan Wakeman put the outcome beyond doubt side-stepping through a pedestrian ‘Crocs’ defence for a signature opportunist try late in the game.

Two of the youngest players in the team James Leach and Ben Martin were named men-of-the-match; both players grow in confidence and stature with every game and worked tirelessly in an improved pack performance.’

THE VALKRYIES

2016-03-24 AISLING ROBINSON

AISLING ROBINSON SCORES AGAINST ACKLAM   photograph Andy Standing

Last Sunday the Valkryies blew away the challenge of a spirited but limited Acklam side running in twelve unanswered tries in a one-sided affair at Silver Royd.

Playing with a northerly breeze behind them the Valkryies made a brisk start and were on the scoreboard within three minutes when skipper and scrum-half Cathy-Ann Myers powered over for the opening score and a 5-0 Scarborough lead.

Fullback Mel Halstead failed to convert but made amends in the 7th minute when she scampered away to cross and double the Valkryies’ advantage.

The Silver Royd ladies took control with some powerful forward drives and it was no surprise when fly-half Danni Rowley increased the lead to 15-0 with a superb solo effort in the 14th minute.

And the one-way traffic continued with tries from the Mel Halstead in the 17th 19th and 24th minutes with No 8 Clair Robinson fitting one in in the 18th minute. Halstead converted three for a 41-0 lead in the 24th minute.

The Teeside girls struggled for possession as they failed to chase their re-starts, handing possession back more often than not to Cathy-Ann Myers. On a couple of occasions she chipped over the visitors’ defensive line for a teammate (Mel Halstead) to chase-down and score without an Acklam hand touching the ball from the re-start kick.

The Scarborough girls finished off the half with tries from Jess Glanville and a fifth from Halstead who converted both for a 55-0 half-time lead.

With the wind behind them after the break Acklam showed much more resolve and the Valkryies found handling difficult with the breeze in their faces.

However a lack of possession hampered the visitors’ offensive ambitions and the Valkryies got the scoreboard ticking over with again with spectacular tries from Aisling Robinson, a hard running blond-bombshell in the centre who crossed in the 49th and 51st minutes for 65-0. And the final try came in the 75th minute from Myers who had set the ball rolling in the 3rd minute.

This game was a walk in the park for the Valkryies; not that their opponents were so terribly poor but that they never at any time in the game won enough possession to really compete.

ZOE ALDCROFT

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ZOE ALDCROFT

It’s been a busy week for local rugby star Zoe Aldcroft; she travelled to France with the England under-20s last Saturday then turned out for Northumberland University in the final of the Universities Women’s rugby competition at Twickenham on Wednesday. Unfortunately both games ended in narrow defeat for the rangy back row forward a mere glitch I think in an otherwise steady progress to full International Honours.

DAVE PRINCE

As you will know from this blog and local media my friend and fellow rugby reporter Dave Prince passed away suddenly on the 12th of March. I attended his funeral yesterday at Scarborough Crematorium and it was packed out with standing room only in the ante room. A ‘wake’ was held at Scarborough Rugby Club and many stories were told by family and friends. The big fella’ had a good ‘send off’ and will be sorely missed.  R.I.P DAVE

MO STEPHENSON

Easter Monday is Mo’s Memorial Day and everyone is invited to Scarborough Rugby Club to remember Mo and Keith Marshall who sadly died last year. The day’s events will be as follows:

NOON: A TAG RUGBY TOURNAMENT FEATURING SCARBOROUGH COLTS, THE VALKRYIES AND STAXTON CRICKET CLUB

1.15PM: LUNCH (£15pp) TO BOOK CONTACT JOHN ON 0740 067347

2.45PM: THE BIG MATCH – KLOSTERS XV versus KEITH MARSHALL XV

4.15PM: PRESENTATIONS & AUCTION

4.30PM: LIVE MUSIC with JACK ANDERSON & LAURA WELBURN

SHOULD BE A GREAT DAY!!

 

 

 

 

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