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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