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

8 Apr

2016-04-08 jeffers scores against Ribb SHARP

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.

2016-04-08 leachy scores sharp

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.

2016-04-08 tom ratcliffe v Ribb home SHARP

SKIPPER TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION LAST WEEK photograph ANDY STANDING

 

 

 

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