Archive | April, 2016

Scarborough sunk by late penalty at Selby

24 Apr

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE
SELBY 33 SCARBOROUGH 31
By DAVE CAMPBELL

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A much-reshuffled Scarborough side ended their league campaign with a typical curate’s egg of a performance at relegation threatened Selby.
Playing into the teeth of a biting wind the visitors struggled in the early stages of an error-strewn first half.
And although Selby led 11-6 on the half hour, a try from Scarborough skipper Tom Ratcliffe saw the scores tied 11-11 at the break.
An exciting second half saw the sides share six tries with the Seasiders leading 31-30 going into injury time.

Scarborough’s front row which had been re-shuffled several times during the game struggled at a thrice set scrum just inside their own 10 metre line in the sixth minute of injury time. And when referee Mr Saunders eventually ran out of patience, visiting loose head Alassandro Zavatti was pinged for standing up.

Selby fly-half Scott Hunt was unerring with his kick and Selby celebrated a memorable win.

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES FROM ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

Scarborough at Selby – Vikings in semi-final – Valkryies

22 Apr
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Tom Harrison returns at Selby

Scarborough travel to Selby tomorrow for the final game of the season with much at stake for the hosts. Starting with a 0-21 reverse at Silver Royd on the opening day of the season Selby have struggled since and find themselves third from bottom in Yorkshire One and they could be doomed to the drop if results don’t go their way on Saturday.

Two points separate Selby from second-bottom club Crossleyans and a Selby defeat and a Crossleyans win would see Selby relegated. Crossleyans entertain fellow west Yorkshiremen Old Brods so a nail-biting finish to the season is in store. Last Saturday both teams lost on the road, Crossleyans 37-7 at York and Selby 25-18 at Yarnbury.

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ISAAC FAAMU

Scarborough’s 18-man squad for the game surprisingly includes the return of long-term injury victim Tom Harrison who only returned to training this week. Player of the season Isaac Faamau returned to New Zealand this week because of a close family illness but Jordan Wakeham who was feared to have sustained a serious abdominal injury has fortunately recovered and plays; Mikey Readman misses the game.

Sitting comfortably in sixth position Scarborough travel looking to enjoy a game with the pressure off but for Selby it’ll be a stressful afternoon. I feel a high scoring game is on the cards to match the our last couple of visits to Selby’s Sandhill Lane HQ where we were 36-33 winners in the Yorkshire Shield semi-finals in 2013-14 and 32-30 winners on the opening day of  last season.

Following last weekend’s cancellation due to unfit pitches, the Vikings take on BP Chemicals in the semi-final of the East Yorkshire Merit League at Silver Royd; Kick-off is at 3pm.

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Avid Harrogate Minis fans at Silver Roys!

Last Saturday’s seventh Breakaway Travel / Scarborough RUFC mini festival was a resounding success showcasing the club’s junior/youth section which goes from strength to strength. Read all about it in Tomasz Chadwick’s column in this week’s Scarborough News.

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THE VALKRYIES ON TOUR IN NEWCASTLE

And finally, Scarborough’s women’s team, The Valkryies concluded their very successful opening league season with a tour to the Newcastle area. Although their game at Novocastrians was called off due to a waterlogged pitch a terrific time was had by all and the Silver Royd ladies are already looking forward with relish to their second league season.

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OUR GLAMEROUS VALKRYIES IN PARTY MOOD

 

VALKRIES END OF SEASON AWARDS

16 Apr

The VALKRYIES have had a terrific first full league season and won the following ar the end of season event;
Danni Rowley was players’ player of the year. Mel Halstead was the Coaches player of the year and Kim Wray was the most improved player.

Comment from the mini section

16 Apr

As well as Isaac, award winners were Ben Martin, Drew Govier, James Leach, Alex Rowley and George Wardell all of who have played in the mini and junior teams at Scarborough RUFC. Congratulations to those guys and to the coaches who guided them through the years. I know that keith would have been very proud of the “young sirs”.
I replied: I did mention Ben, Drew and James,  however I’m suffering from Cancer at the moment so can’t attend everything unfortunately . I’ll put your comment on my website and well done to all the minis and ex minis; sorry. 

I’m sure Keith would indeed be very proud of them as we all should be and indebted to their Coachs.

From the touchline with DAVE CAMPBELL – Salem at Silver Royd – Player of the season – Mini rugby festival

15 Apr
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ISAAC FAAMAU Player of the Season  photograph by ANDY STANDING

Bradford Salem who are next up at Silver Royd tomorrow for the final home game of the season were promoted from Yorkshire Two at the end of last season with an unbeaten record. They made a steady start to this season winning six of their eleven games between September and the end of November including away wins at York, Old Brods, Selby and West Park Leeds. This fruitful start to the season also saw them defeat Bridlington 30-22 at their Shay Lane HQ.

Since the end of November the west Yorkshiremen have had a slump in form, winning only two of their last thirteen games and those were against strugglers Selby and West Park. Last Saturday they went down 20-5 at home to Yarnbury providing the Horsforth-based outfit with only their second away win of the season; their first being back on the 12th of September last year. An injury-time Tom Ratcliffe drop-goal clinched both points and a 13-10 Scarborough win at Shay Lane four weeks ago.

 

Scarborough’s inconsistency of results continued with a narrow 22-24 defeat at high-flying Malton last week following wins over Old Crossleyans and North Ribblesdale in the previous two weeks. The Seasiders would have won the game had they finished some of their excellent approach play more clinically. However skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men played well in an absolutely cracking Yorkshire One game.

Tomorrow’s league game will kick off early at 2.30pm to accommodate the Vikings who take on BP Chemicals RUFC in the semi-final of the East Yorkshire Merit League competition which kicks off at 4pm. Other action at Silver Royd will see the club’s veterans XV take on Roundhegians Veterans this evening at 7pm under lights. Why not get along early and enjoy a pre-match snack or bar meal in the club.

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‘JEFFERS scores against Bradford and Bingley PHOTOGRAPH Andy Standing

At the end of last season Graeme Jeffrey informed all who would listen that it would be his last as a first teamer. However he keeps playing and running in tries for fun. I’m now informed that this is DEFINATELY his last season playing first team rugby and today will be his last home first team game. If it is, and I wouldn’t bet on it, I’ve got to say that it has been a pleasure to report on and know this talented, self-depreciating and affable man for so many years.

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BEN MARTIN

Last Saturday’s players’ award event at the J.M. Guthrie saw Isaac Faamau named player of the season, Ben Martin young player of the year and Drew Govier most improved player. James Leach who has been the Scarborough News man of the match for the last two games was named Sponsors Player of the Year.

This weekend also sees the club hosting another Breakaway Travel Minis Festival in association with Sale Sharks. Over a 1,000 players and spectators will attend between this evening and Sunday. Sixty teams from all over the UK will take part and entrance for spectators is free. You’ll be very welcome at Silver Royd. MORE DETAILS ON TOM CHADWICK’S COLUMN IN THIS WEEK’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.

FROM THE TOUCHLINE by DAVE CAMPBELL – Who’s this wee laddie?

13 Apr

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I was snooping around facebook this week and came across the photograph above; it’s of the Harrogate Colts side which beat Redcar in the final of the Yorkshire Colts Cup at Newby in April 1987. I remember the evening well as a dressing room full of Redcar Colts decided to throw a wobbly after their defeat and started breaking glass; namely chucking stuff though the closed dressing room windows. They were swiftly removed from the premises by some burly Scarborough players. DO YOU RECOGNISE THE YOUNG PLAYER ON THE FAR LEFT OF THE PICTURE AS YOU LOOK AT IT?

From the Touchline with DAVE CAMPBELL – LOCAL DERBY AT MALTON TOMORROW

8 Apr

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GRAEME JEFFREY SCORES AGAINST NORTH RIBBLESDALE LAST WEEK photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough makes the short journey along the A64 tomorrow for their final local derby of the season against high-flying Malton & Norton.

The men from Gannock are in the second place in Yorkshire One behind already promoted Bradford & Bingley and will look to continue the form which has taken them to the play-off for promotion to North One East. 

Although they have been successful in only one derby game at York earlier in the season, the Seasiders come off a stunning nine-try defeat of visitors North Ribblesdale winning 56-3 at Silver Royd last week. 

A much improved performance from the pack which was bolstered by the return of prop Paul Taylor and a man-of-the-match performance from James Leach, was the basis of that success. Both players and influential No8 Isaac Faamau who has recovered from a groin injury are in the squad for tomorrow’s game. 

Malton have lost only two games this season at home to York 10-11 in September and Bradford & Bingley 10-22 in December. They had too much for Scarborough winning 28-5 at Silver Royd also in December. 

A big crowd is expected at the Gannock and if both teams play to their potential it should be a full-blooded local derby with plenty of running rugby to enjoy.

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PAT LEACH SCORES AGAINST NORTH RIBBLESDALE photograph ANDY STANDING

 

 

LAST WEEK’S MATCH REPORT

SCARBOROUGH 56 NORTH RIBBLESDALE 3

By JAKE MENSAH & DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough swept aside the challenge of visitors North Ribblesdale running in nine tries without reply for a 56-3 bonus-point win at Silver Royd.

The Seasiders made a promising start and but for a couple of tight forward passes, wingers Graeme Jeffrey and Jack Anderson could have had a try apiece in the opening ten minutes. However, skipper Tom Ratcliffe nudged his side 3-0 ahead with a penalty in the 16th minute.

Both sides had chances in the opening quarter but the visitors were badly let down by their pedestrian back division whilst a hard-working back row of Drew Govier, Ben Martin and Isaac Faamau tamed the ‘Ribb’ forwards.

And Coach Lee Douglas’ charges opened their try-scoring account in the 24th minute when the ball was moved from an attacking scrum to Martin on the visitors’ 22 and the young open-side galloped over for an 8-0 lead. Ratcliffe missed the conversion.

Fly-half Michael Waite reduced the arrears to five points with a penalty in the 32nd minute when Scarborough drifted offside prior to the influential Faamau leaving the field with a groin injury to be replaced by Richard Scales.

With Paul Taylor on at tight-head for Wesley Langkilde Scarborough turned the screw and when a slick threequarters’ move was held up in the ‘Ribb’ 22, lock forward James Leach’s muscular drive from close range scattered the try-line defence and he touched down to make it 13-3 in the 37th minute. Ratcliffe added the extras for a 15-3 half-time lead.

A try within a minute of the re-start got the second-half ball rolling when a break from fullback Ant Coffey released Ratcliffe; the big centre beat his man and sent Jeffrey over for 20-5. Ratcliffe failed to convert.

The game began to open up as Scarborough got their backs going with several infield moves off the top of a series of lineouts; however the next score came from a lineout but was moved blind and scrum-half Jordan Wakeham scampered up the touchline, cut inside and scored under the posts in the 57th minute. Ratcliffe added the conversion for 27-3.

The thrills continued when fly-half Tomascz Chadwick broke from the North Ribblesdale ten metre line to break the defensive line and race to the posts. Ratcliffe converted on the hour for 34-3.

The Scarborough eight were well in control and a maul following a lineout saw Leach drive to the line and release Ratcliffe for try number six. The conversion was missed but Scarborough led 39-3.

 

With continued dominance in the forwards the Seasiders’ scored a perfect phase-one try in the 73rd minute when the ball was moved from a 5 metre attacking scrum through hands for Jeffrey to cross for his second try of the afternoon.

A rare North Ribb incursion saw the men-from-Settle butcher possession on the Scarborough 22 and good work by Coffey, White, Wesley Langkilde and Taylor took play to the other end of the field.

And young prop Langkilde finished the game in fine style with a couple of well taken tries; the first from a catch-and-drive in the visitors 22 in the 78th minute the second from a pass which saw the big front-rower glide through a hesitant defence and touchdown between the uprights. Ratcliffe converted for a resounding 56-3 win.

An entertaining and well deserved win: pick of the backs were Wakeham, Coffey, Chadwick and Ratcliffe whilst Paul Taylor, Wesley Langkilde, Ben Martin and James Leach took the plaudits in a dominant Scarborough pack.

REFEREE: MR JON HILL

SCARBOROUGH: COFFEY ANDERSON WHITE RATCLIFFE JEFFREY CHADWICK WAKEHAM LANGKILDE WILLIAMS ZAVATTI READMAN LEACH GOVIER MARTIN FAAMAU SUBSTITUTES: SCALES LENTON TAYLOR

NORTH RIBBLESDALE: J.LONG HAYES T.LONG RICHARDS MOORE M.THWAITE FOX LYNNE STUBBS J.THWAITE GARTH BOOTH TUNNEY CARR A.THWAITE SUBSTITUTES: WILSON LAMBERT WOOD

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: JAMES LEACH

James had another outstanding game at lock forward both in the tight and loose where his agility and power were major factors in the Scarborough pack’s dominance.

MENSAH’S MUSINGS

Although the Scarborough faithful were delighted by the back’s hard-running, handling performance it was undoubtedly facilitated by a powerful pack of forwards with Paul Taylor who has been sorely missed of late and young James Leach providing cohesive heft in the tight five.

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SKIPPER TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION LAST WEEK photograph ANDY STANDING

 

 

 

From the Touchline with DAVE CAMPBELL Scarborough beat North Ribblesdale 56-3 at Silver Royd

3 Apr

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Tomasz Chadwick (pictured) scored a spectacular solo try against North Ribblesdale (picture Andy Standing)

 

Scarborough ran in nine tries without reply in a 56-3 thrashing of visitors North Ribblesdale at Silver Royd yesterday.

The Seasiders opened the scoring with a penalty from skipper Tom Ratcliffe before running in a couple of tries, one converted, in a lethargic first half performance which nevertheless saw them lead 15-3 at the break, veteran flyhalf Michael Thwaite having landing a penalty for the visitors.

A try from wingman Graeme Jeffery within a minute of the re-start got the second-half off to a flying start and Coach Lee Douglas’ charges took control scoring seven touchdowns without reply including a brace apiece for Jeffrey and prop Wesley Langkilde.

A great second forty minutes in which young second row James Leach and returning veteran prop Paul Taylor delighted a big turnout saw the Seasiders avenge an early season 21-42 reverse against the same opposition and earn a bonus point which moves them up to fifth in Yorkshire One.

 

FULL REPORT BY JAKE MENSAH & DAVE CAMPBELL AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

 

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