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

15 Apr
2015-11-15 ISSAC V CROCS
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.


‘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.

2015-09-17 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.

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