Archive | December, 2016

Full report on Scarborough v Bridlington

23 Dec

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 As I write this I’m still recovering from what was undoubtedly the best game played at Silver Royd this season. No doubt encouraged by much advertising and social media comment over 900 turned up for the game with over 200 guests dining before the kick-off.

Scarborough turned in their best performance of the season by some way in a superb local-derby with Bridlington at Silver Royd. However leading 15-12 they conceded an injury-time try which saw the men from Dukes Park snatch a narrow win following a rousing game.

A crowd of almost 900 people gave both sides a rousing welcome and the game kicked off in a febrile atmosphere. Bridlington had the better of early possession and having driven into the Scarborough 22 took an early first half lead when lock Paddy Waines went over from close range in the 7th minute. Fullback Johnson converted.  

With their tight-five having a good afternoon Scarborough were managing to see more possession than they have over their last few games. And when a Tom Harrison break released Tom Ratcliffe down their right flank it looked as if he would make it to the line; however the big fullback was mown down by a high tackle and after lengthy treatment was taken off and played no further part in the game.

The resulting penalty found touch in the visitors 22 and from the lineout the ball was moved infield where swift hands released No8 Isaac Faamau to smash through the middle of the Brid defence and crash over between the uprights. Flyhalf Harrison added the extras to level at 7-7 in the 15th minute.

A ‘no quarter given or taken’ midfield battle continued with Bridlington’s Matui Welsh, Ryan Girking and Jamie Martin mixing it with Scarborough’s Harrison, Graeme Hogg and Loni-Loni very much to the enjoyment of the festive crowd.

Scarborough’s breakaway unit of Ben Martin, Devin Ibanez and Faamau were relishing their work and it was a break from Faamau down the left lank that led to the Silver-Royders second try. The visiting defence failed to stop the big No8 as he charged out of his own half and timed a terrific outside pass to lock forward Aaron Wilson, up in support, to power over near the corner flag in the 36th minute. Harrison failed to convert but Scarborough led 12-7.

Scarborough could have gone further ahead a couple of minutes later when Hogg came onto a crash ball to go over between the posts. However referee Mr Carl Walsh judged the pass to the bustling Scot to be forward and a disappointed home side went to the break 12-7 ahead.

The close-fought nature of the contest continued after the break with perhaps Bridlington looking the sharper side going forward. However solid defence saw Scarborough still ahead and when they were awarded a penalty on the Brid ten metre line, Hogg delivered a mighty hoof to stretch the lead to 15-7 in the 58th minute.

That eight point advantage was short lived as the visitors piled on the pressure and good work in the centre made room for fly-half Welsh to elude the attentions of the Scarborough defence to stride over in the 63rd minute for an unconverted try which reduced the arrears to three points

In a punishing fourth quarter battle for both sides Graham Hogg had a couple of chances with long range penalties which could have stretched the Scarborough lead but was unsuccessful.

In injury-time Scarborough had the put-in at a lineout in the northwest corner of the ground where Bridlington had scored their opening try. The visitors won the lineout and broke from defence; Scarborough conceded a penalty on halfway and the kick took play into the home 22. Brid gained possession from the lineout and the ball was moved infield from the resulting maul for Martin to sprint over when Scarborough ran out of defenders in the fourth minute of injury time.

The conversion was missed and Scarborough had one more attack but Bridlington held on for a narrow but deserved 17-15 victory based on concentration, composure and team spirit.

For Scarborough there were many positives to be taken from this marvellous local derby, not least the outstanding performance of fly-half Tom Harrison who has matured this season as a player. The back row particularly Devin Ibanez, was dynamic and the team showed the spirit and composure which could see them challenge for promotion in the New Year. But it’ll be behind Bridlington who look almost certain to go up to North One as champions.

SCARBOROUGH: JEFFREY RATCLIFFE LONI-LONI HOGG YOUNG HARRISON WAKEHAM JONES(CAPT) TERBLANCHE WATSON WILSON MARTIN IBANEZ FAAMAU SUBSTITUTES: ZAVATTI SCALES HOLLIDAY (ALL USED)

MAN OF THE MATCH: DEVIN IBANEZ

The young American open-side flanker had his best game since arriving at Silver Royd. His tackling was fearsome and his durability is amazing for his physique. He was perpetual motion in defence and attack and he must have covered more ground than any other player on the paddock. I believe he will have returned to the USA by the time you read this. I fervently hope he returns. 

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Next week I’ll review the season so far and what we can expect in 2017; also read my Scarborough rugby column in the Scarborough Review out next week. Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

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Injury time try sees Bridlington snatch win in Silver Royd thriller.

18 Dec

 

 SCARBOROUGH’S TRY SCORERS AGAINST BRIDLINGTON: AARON WILSON (LEFT)) AND ISAAC FAAMAU (RIGHT)

SCARBOROUGH 15 BRIDLINGTON 17

By DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough turned in their best performance of the season by some way and led 15-12 on 80 minutes in a superb local-derby with Bridlington at Silver Royd. However they conceded an injury-time try which saw the men from Dukes Park burgle a narrow win following a rousing game.

Bridlington took an early first half lead when lock Paddy Waines scored a converted try from close range in the 8th minute. In front of a large and vocal home support Scarborough came straight back and were rewarded by a try from No8 Isaac Faamau converted by fly-half Tom Harrison to level at 7-7.

Faamau was in the thick of things when a break from deep in home territory saw the big No8 release lock Aaron Wilson who scored in the corner to see the Seasiders lead 12-7 at the break.

A penalty from centre Graham Hogg stretched the Scarborough lead to 15-7 on the hour but the visitors struck back with a try from fly-half Matui Welsh three minutes later to cut the lead to 15-12.

A punishing fourth quarter battle for both sides saw Hogg miss with another couple of long range penalties which could have stretched the Scarborough lead before that late try from centre Jamie Martin broke Scarborough hearts.

ONLY A BRIDLINGTON SQUAD WITHOUT NUMBERS WAS SHOWN IN THE MATCH PROGRAMME SO IF I HAVE NAMED THE WRONG SCORERS PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Dave!!

Dave Campbell looks forward to Scarborough’s clash with Bridlington Tomorrow.

16 Dec

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I’ve been looking forward to tomorrow’s game for a while as it’ll be interesting to see how skipper Matty Jones’s men fare against what is undoubtedly the best team in Yorkshire One. Bridlington got off to a flier with the 24-10 home defeat of Old Brods and went on to win their opening 13 games of the season stacking up 512 points; the highest total in the league and beating Scarborough 33-11 at home back in September.

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GRAEME JEFFREY RETURNS AGAINST BRIDLINGTON TOMORROW photograph ANDY STANDING

Their run came to an end last Saturday when Halifax-based Heath RFC won 28-26 at Dukes Park. I’m not altogether surprised as Heath gave them a very close game at home before going down 12-9 and although Scarborough won their fixture with the west Yorkshiremen 24-3 a couple of weeks ago, it was a hard-fought encounter.

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IN-FORM TOM HARRISON SCORED ALL OF SCARBOROUGH’S POINTS AT YORK

Last Saturday the Seasiders got off to a flyer at York with in-form Tom Harrison scoring a well-worked try after only four minutes of the game. The home side took control and a couple of tries and a penalty saw them lead 17-7 at the break. Scrum-half Jordi Wakeham suffered an accidental kick in the head after 20 minutes and played no further part in the game. Although the second half was entertaining and Harrison kicked a couple of penalties Scarborough couldn’t manage the try which would have got them back in the game and York went on to win 20-13.

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JORDI WAKEHAM HAS RECOVERED FROM INJURY TO PLAY TOMORROW

Scarborough have to go back to the season before last for their  last league success against Bridlington when they came away from Dukes Park early in the season with a 24-16 win: Bridlington won the corresponding fixture 12-11 at Silver Royd.  The men from Dukes Park won both fixtures with Scarborough last season.

Bridlington are where they are in the league because they have been consistent in their performance levels so far this season. Scarborough on the other hand has played some good rugby at times this season and have produced some excellent performances and results but consistency has so far eluded them.  

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EX-SKIPPER PHIL WATSON IS ALSO IN TOMORROW’S SQUAD

Coach Lee Douglas has included Phil Watson and Graeme Jeffrey in his squad and for the second week in a row Jordi Wakeham has shaken off a knock to play. In common with their opponents, Scarborough have lost only once in the league on their own patch so a cracking game is eagerly anticipated. The Vikings and Danesmen are also in action against opposition from Bridlington at Dukes Park and Silver Royd respectively; all games kick off at 2.15pm.

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Last Sunday the Valkryies struggled throughout a hard-fought game at Silver Royd with a er Bishop Auckland side which allied skill with their superior physicality. The Geordie girls took control in the early stages using their kicking game to turn the Scarborough back three and scored a couple of well-taken tries in the opening ten minutes. They had the upper hand at scrum time but the Valkryies held their own when it was their put-in; they did struggle to get out of their own half but on a rare excursion into ’Bishop’ territory on the half hour, fullback Mel Halstead slotted a penalty to reduce the arrears at 3-10.  Misfortune struck the local girls when fly-half Danielle Rowley was injured and was unable to be moved. Both sides consulted with referee Alessandro Zavatti and the game was moved to an adjacent pitch where it continued; half time was reached without further incident or score.

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DANNIELLE ROWLEY (10) ON THE ATTACK


The Valkryies pressed for an equalising try during an attritional second half and spent extended periods in the visitors 22.  It looked as if the Geordies may be tiring in the final quarter but they defended with real commitment and following a series of scrums in the Scarborough 22 scored a try on the stroke of full time for a deserved 15-3 win. To a woman the Valkryies worked their socks off in what was a bruising encounter. Unfortunately Danielle Rowley was taken to Scarborough Hospital and was treated for a broken leg; she is now in ‘pot’ which expected to be in place for six weeks. I’m sure we all wish her a speedy recovery.

The Valkryies next game is in the New Year when they travel to Bradford Salem on January the 8th.

 

 

Harrison shines in narrow defeat at York (FULL REPORT IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS).

11 Dec
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YORK 20   SCARBOROUGH 13

By DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough made a flying start when fly-half Tom Harrison scored and converted a 4th minute try in their promotion battle with York at Clifton Park yesterday.

However they lost the momentum produced by that score and slipped 10-7 behind when the minstermen replied with a touchdown of their own by centre Chris Peach converted by fullback George Davis who added a penalty on the half-hour.

Both sides entertained a big pre-Christmas turnout with enterprising rugby but Scarborough struggled when they lost scrum-half Jordi Wakeham who was accidentally kicked on the head and taken to hospital in the 20th minute.

The Seasiders’ defensive line-speed was very sluggish and they conceded a try on the stroke of halftime when Davies strolled through six flailing tackles that reminded me of a wind-farm on a stormy day to touchdown and convert for a 17-7 half-time lead.

Coach Lee Douglas’s charges were further depleted when fullback Tom Ratcliffe was sin-binned early in the second half. York failed to take advantage of their superiority in numbers but edged ahead on the hour with a penalty for 20-10.

Scarborough closed the gap with a penalty six minutes later for 20-17 and although they dominated the closing stages of the game, York held on for a just about deserved win.

Scarborough’s opponents at Silver Royd next week, league leaders Bridlington surprisingly lost for the first time this season going down 26-28 to Heath RFC at Dukes Park setting up what should be a cracker at Silver Royd.

Tom Harrison who has never played better since he joined the club had another stormer and shone at fly-half and when he took over from Jordi Wakeham at scrum-half.

DAVE CAMPBELL LOOKS AHEAD TO TOMORROW’S GAME AT YORK

9 Dec

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BILLY PARKER, ISSAC FAAMAU (with ball) AND RICH SCALES IN ACTION AT HULLENSIANS photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough continue their promotion challenge at York tomorrow looking to continue a fine run of results in which they’ve lost only once in their last nine games.

Last week they had a real battle on their hands at Hullensians where it took an injury-time try from Ben Martin to clinch a narrow 15-9 win. Hullensians took an early 5-0 lead but a Matty Jones try converted by Tom Harrison who added a further penalty saw the Seasiders lead 10-5 at the break. An attritional second half saw the Humbersiders shave the lead to a couple of points; a real end-to-end final quarter saw Martin snatch the late winner of a dour encounter. They say ‘a win is a win’ but Lee Douglas’s men will have to improve if they are to come away from Clifton Park with the points tomorrow.

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Only two points separate Old Brodleians in second place and Scarborough in fifth; last week York led 27-10 at Old Brods but managed to throw their lead away and had a missed Brods conversion of an injury-time try to thank for their 27-27 draw. All but one of the minstermen’s winning games was at home; the exception being a 52-20 thrashing of Yarnbury in October. However those points at home have come in the form of high-scoring wins.

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Scarborough will be looking for a repeat of the result from the first home game of the season when they came out of a hard-fought game on the right side of a 20-17 score-line. Last season’s game at Clifton Park saw Scarborough come away with an emphatic 31-12 win.

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TOM RATCLIFFE AND JORDI WAKEHAM CELEBRATE A SCARBOROUGH TRY IN THE 20-17 WIN AT SILVER ROYD  photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

Graham Hogg and Mikey Readman return to action for this one and young Joe Holliday who made a promising start on the wing at Hull is also in the squad. Scrum-half Jordi Wakeham who left the field injured last week and returned to the field to supply the pass for Ben Martin’s try is also in the eighteen.

THE VALKRYIES IN ACTION

Last Sunday the Valkryies continued their excellent form this season with a convincing 26-7 win at West Park Leeds. The Scarborough girls scored tries through Aisling Robinson, Sam Knight and two from Mel Halstead who added six points with the boot. Player of the match went to Leah Gillon for an impressive tackling, rucking and mauling display. The Scarborough women are back in action on Sunday at Silver Royd where they take on Bishop Auckland at Silver Royd. The Vakryies beat ‘Bishop’ 13-12 on the road in their first game of the season will be full of confidence following at win at West Park Leeds. Kick-off on Sunday is at 2pm.

The Vikings don’t have a game this weekend but the Norsemen were in action under floodlights this evening at Pocklington.

 

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TEN DAYS TO GO!

7 Dec

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Scarborough scrape home at Hullensians (short report). FULL REPORT IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

6 Dec

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BILLY PARKER, ISAAC FAAMAU, RICHARD SCALES AND NINO CUTINO IN ACTION AT HULLENSIANS photograph ANDY STANDING
Hullensians 8 Scarborough 15
Report by DAVE CAMPBELL
Scarborough scored an injury-time try to snatch victory and maintain their promotion challenge following a close-fought encounter on Humberside on Saturday.
Injury-hit Hullensians were still reeling from a 52-19 thrashing at Acklam last week and they started in a fashion to blow away memories of that embarrassment.
With Mikey Readman missing from the visitors’ line-up skipper Matty Jones started the game in the second row with Alessandro Zavatti propping in his place. This reshuffle wasn’t a success and the Hullensians pack bossed both lineout and scrum in the opening quarter of the game in which Scarborough failed to get out of their own half. A further re-shuffle saw Richard Scales joint the fray.
Following a superb defensive performance last it week the Seasiders struggled at times to lay a hand on their opponents in the tackle and it was therefore no surprise when fullback Jonah Steel crossed to open the home side’s account in the 21st minute following a period of sustained pressure.

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HULLENSIANS TAKE THE GAME TO SCARBOROUGH picture DAVE CAMPBELL
Stung into action, Scarborough took the game to Hull and made inroads into their territory for the first time in the game and although they were initially repulsed, a slick pass from Jones found Wilson up in support to drive over in the right corner in the 25th minute. Flyhalf Tom Harrison who is in a fine vein of form added the extras and followed up with a penalty goal for a 10-5 half-time lead.
The Seasiders had several chances to extend their lead early in the second-half but failed to breach a solid home defence and from there an end to end battle ensued. The Humbersiders reduced the lead to 10-8 with a 65th minute penalty and the game could then have gone either way.
With time running out, a mistake by either side would have cost them the game. It looked as if wing Matty Young had scored the clinching try for the visitors in the 80th minute only to be judged to have had a foot in touch. However a similar move in the same corner two minutes later saw scrum-half Jordi Wakeham, who had left the field apparently seriously injured minutes before only to return, release flanker Ben Martin who sprinted over to touchdown and win the match.

Harrison shaved the post with his conversion attempt but he’d already made a massive contribution to his side’ winning efforts.

FULL REPORT IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

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