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.

 

 

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