Archive | January, 2017

Scarborough and Leeds Carnegie win in double-header last Saturday FULL REPORTS by DAVE CAMPBELL 

28 Jan

SCARBOROUGH WIN A LINEOUT IN THEIR 52-10 DEFEAT OF NORTH RIBBLESDALE LAST WEEK

RFU NORTHERN DIVISION

YORKSHIRE DIVISION ONE

SCARBOROUGH 52 NORTH RIBBLESDALE 10

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough’s game with Yorkshire One’s bottom club didn’t have to be outstanding to follow a lack-lustre British and Irish Cup game between Yorkshire Carnegie and visitors Ealing Trailfinders at Silver Royd; however a flowing spirited encounter saw the promotion-chasing Seasiders run in eight thrilling tries against a far from acquiescent North Ribblesdale.

Skipper Matty Jones’s side opened the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock when centre Tom Ratcliffe broke from deep, combining with fullback Matty Young to send wingman Joe Marshall over in the corner. Centre Graeme Hogg added a terrific conversion from the touchline for 7-0.

A further touchdown in the same corner by lock Mikey Readman converted in the same manner by Hogg stretched the home lead to 14-0 in the 9th minute. North Ribblesdale fly-half Mick Thwaite reduced the arrears at 14-3 with a penalty in the 15th minute after Scarborough fly-half Tom Harrison had been penalised for not releasing.

North Ribblesdale’s cohesive forward pack had the upper hand in the forward exchanges and a driving maul shunted the home eight back from their own 10 metre line into their 22. However the Scarborough defence tidied up when the ball was moved from the subsequent ruck and Harrison attacked from deep and relieved the pressure.

Although the visitors had more possession they lacked the cutting edge of the Seasiders and it was no surprise when Prop Nino Cutino crossed and Hogg kicked another towering touchline conversion to stretch the lead to 21-3 in the 23rd minute. The second quarter was evenly fought with fullback Matty Young and young flanker Drew Govier impressing for Scarborough who maintained their lead to the break.

Coach Lee Douglas’s charges had at times struggled at scrum time in the first half but a reshuffle saw them gain parity up front after the interval and it was no surprise when they took an early lead Maloni Moata’ane (Loni Loni) crashing through the middle to score in the 2nd minute of the half. Hogg converted for 28-3.

With the back row supporting deep in Ribb territory the young visiting back line visibly wilted and it was no surprise when a slick move wide on Scarborough’s left saw Aaron Wilson crash over in the 50th minute for 33-3; Hogg missed his first conversion of the afternoon.

North Ribblesdale broke the shackles from the re-start following Wilson’s effort and scored their only try of the game in the 52nd minute, lock Adam Middleton crossing for the visitors and Thwaite converting to peg the Seasiders back at 10-33.

Scarborough dominated the later stages of the game with three tries coming in the final quarter; Loni Loni crashed over on the hour for his second touchdown to nudge his side further ahead at 38-10.

Perhaps the sweetest passage of play came shortly after that try when swift interpassing and movement between wing Joe Marshall and Tom Harrison saw the duo cut through the visitors wide defence before a lovely chip over two covering defenders saw the later bustle through only to be thwarted by a beast of a bounce and the Ribb cover managed to clear their lines.

However, the scoring continued and Hogg crashed through the centre then powered to the line for the game’s seventh try adding a 73rd minute conversion himself for 45-10. Scarborough continued to press and from a series of attacking scrums in the visitors’ 22, skipper Matty Jones twice managed to twice ground the ball in-goal near the corner flag only to be hauled back for a foot in touch.

And a Scarborough try-glut would have seemed strange without Tom Ratcliffe’s name appearing among the scorers and the big centre made it in injury time outstripping the North Ribblesdale defence and his teammate Graeme Hogg to get the touch on a grubber kick through to conclude the afternoon/evening’s entertainment. Hogg added his sixth conversion for 52-10 with the last kick of the game.

A horrendous injury list has seen North Ribblesdale struggle this season but their heads never went down against a rampant Scarborough side, particularly in the second half when they shipped 31 points.

Last week I asked for an 80 minute performance and Scarborough certainly provided one in this game. Pick of the backs were fullback Matty Young and centre Graeme Hogg who bagged a personal tally of 17 points. Up front skipper Jones had an industrious afternoon and young Drew Govier who was everywhere going forward and at the break down shone in the back row.

SCARBOROUGH: YOUNG MARSHALL HOGG RATCLIFFE LONI-LONI HARRISON WAKEHAM CONTINO JONES(CAPT) MURPHY READMAN WATSON GOVIER WILSON FAAMAU SUBSTITUTES: ZAVATTI SCALES MARTIN (ALL USED)

REFEREE: MR JORDAN WAGNER

SCARBOROUGH NEWS STAR MAN: DREW GOVIER

Not for the first time this season young flanker Drew Govier turned in a non-stop industrious performance both in defence where his work at the breakdown was outstanding and in attack. What an attribute he is to his team!

 

BRITISH AND IRISH CUP – POOL GAME

YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE 14 EALING TRAILFINDERS 10

By DAVE CAMPBELL

First up on a busy afternoon at an overcast and chilly Silver Royd was the British & Irish Cup tie between Yorkshire Carnegie and Ealing Trailfinders. Carnegie had to win this game to proceed in the competition.

Considering the distance both sets of supporters had to travel, both sides were well represented in the crowd with supporters from Middlesex a vocal bunch.

Carnegie blind-side flanker Ollie Stedman was sin-binned within minutes of the start for pulling down a maul and Ealing took the lead minutes later when scrum-half Luke Carter darted over and fly-half Rory Jennings converted for 7-0.

A scruffy first half saw much huffing and puffing from both sides but no clear chances from either side as their mid-field players looked to bulldoze through the middle with little or no subtlety in their approach.

Turning round seven points adrift Carnegie conceded a penalty to stretch the deficit to ten points early in the half.

The Leeds-based outfit stuck to their task and got back into the game at last with a try from flanker Andy Saull: fly-half Warren Seals added the extras and it was game on at 7-10. Carnegie got their driving game going in the fourth quarter and drove over from a rolling maul in the 73rd minute. Seals converted to see his side ahead for the first time at 14-10.

This win in their final pool game sees Carnegie drawn away at Championship leaders London Irish in the quarter finals of the competition.

 

YORKSHIRE ONE results and league table 28 January 2017

28 Jan

Scarborough score six tries in bonus point win at struggling Acklam – Dave Campbell reports

28 Jan


SCARBOROUGH CONTEST A LINEOUT AT ACKLAM photograph DAVE CAMPBELL 

RFU NORTHERN DIVISIONYORKSHIRE DIVISION ONE

ACKLAM 6 SCARBOROUGH 38

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough always had too much for a one dimensional Acklam side in a game played in bright, cold and windy conditions at Talbot Park, Middlesbrough.

Playing with a strong wind blowing directly down the pitch, Acklam took the game to the visitors through their forwards; driving mauls and pick-and-goes through the middle being their modus operadi.

The Seasiders soaked up the early pressure with relative ease in a scoreless first quarter before they took the lead against the run-of-play with a try from centre Tom Ratcliffe in the 25th minute.

The Teesiders continued to press but their only reward came from a penalty from skipper Dan Ashton two minutes before the break. Scarborough struck back almost immediately when Tom Harrison scampered through the home defence to score under the posts. The bustling fly-half converted his own effort for a 12-3 half-time lead.

Ashton landed a second penalty for the home side two minutes into the half but with the wind behind them Scarborough went on to score four unanswered tries in a somewhat one-side second half.

Skipper Matty Jones’s men showed admirable composure in an assured performance and never looked likely to slip on what was a potential banana skin.

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES FROM ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

 

 

DEVIN IBANEZ RETURNS TO SCARBOROUGH NEXT WEEK! ANOTHER MUST-WIN GAME AT ACKLAM TOMORROW Dave Campbell reports

27 Jan

2016-11-04-devin-by-andy-standingDEVIN IBANEZ SCORES AGAINST BEVERLEY photograph ANDY STANDING

As I have been writing this I received an email from EAGLES ABROAD which follows American players playing overseas asking me why we were not selecting Devin Ibanez. I informed them that he had returned home for Christmas. I have just checked with Devin what his status was and he informed me that he is returning to Scarborough next week and was looking forward to the rest of the season; good news indeed.

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ACTION FROM YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE – EALING TRAILFINDERS photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

Last Saturday’s double-header was a worthwhile event with a feast of rugby for a reasonably busy turnout. However, I’ve got to say with quite a few of the ‘punters’ drifting off, the atmosphere at Scarborough’s league game under lights lacked its normal vibrancy and the stand which is the best vantage point for my report was almost empty and lacked its normal buzz and banter. On the other hand Scarborough’s free-scoring performance warmed the cockles of my old ticker!

Following last Saturday’s 52-10 defeat of bottom club North Ribblesdale under the lights Scarborough should make the journey to Middlesbrough-based Acklam RFC in confident mood tomorrow.

Eighty-six points in two games, admittedly against struggling sides, is still a fair haul and although Acklam have had a resurgence of the last couple of month’s their 58-8 thrashing at Silver Royd in the first half of the season will still be on their minds.

Following a couple of early thrashings, including a 74-18 home thrashing in the shield by Hullensians, Acklam recorded their first Yorkshire One win in two seasons by beating North Ribblesdale 21-17 at home on the 21st of August.

They had to wait a further two months for a second success beating Yarnbury 29-17 in November swiftly followed by a 52-19 hammering of (at that time) promotion-chasing Hullensians who were reportedly seriously depleted by injury on the day; don’t they all say that?

 Last month they won their fourth game of the season beating Keighley 27-22 at home; Keighley are one place below Scarborough in Yorkshire One as of last Saturday. So this game is undoubtedly a potential banana skin for the Seasiders and with a scramble on for a second place finish and a play-off place, a must-win game.

Scarborough make only one change tomorrow from last week’s squad with second row Phil Watson out and back Joe Holliday in. Make no mistake; the game at Acklam will be a very tough one indeed. However, skipper Matty Jones’s men will look to play with the confidence, patience and application which has garnered 14 tries in their last two games and hopefully sidestep that potential banana skin.

SCARBOROUGH IN FLOODLIGHT ACTION AGAINST NORTH RIBBLESDALE

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Double Tyke joy as Scarborough and Yorkshire Carnegie win double-header at Silver Royd. DAVE CAMPBELL reports.

21 Jan

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YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE ON THE CHARGE AT SILVER ROYD

photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

First up  in this afternoon’s double-header was the B & I cup tie between Yorkshire Carnegie and Ealing Trailfinders. Ealing ran in an early try and maintained their lead at the break. The Middlesex-based side stretched their advantage with a penalty but Carnegie moved to within three points of the visitors with a converted try at 7-10. A late try by the Leeds-based outfit saw them run out narrow 14-10 winners of a turgid affair.

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SCARBOROUGH DRIVE FORWARD AT AN ATTACKING SCRUM IN THEIR 52-10 DEFEAT OF NORTH RIBBLESDALE   photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough’s game with Yorkshire One’s bottom club didn’t have to be outstanding to follow a lack-lustre British and Irish Cup game between Yorkshire Carnegie and visitors Ealing Trailfinders at Silver Royd; however a flowing spirited encounter saw the the promotion-chasing Seasiders run in eight thrilling tries against a far from acquiescent  North Ribblesdale.

Skipper Matty Jones’s side opened the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock when centre Tom Ratcliffe broke from deep, combining with fullback Matty Young to send wingman Joe Marshall over in the corner. Centre Graeme Hogg added a terrific conversion from the touchline for 7-0.

A further touchdown in the same corner by lock Mikey Readman converted in the same manner by Hogg stretched the home lead to 14-0 in the 9th minute. Fly-half Mick Thwaite reduced the arrears at 14-3 before Prop Nino Cutino crossed and Hogg kicked another towering touchline conversion to see Scarborough lead 21-3 at the break.

Coach Lee Douglas’s charges had struggled somewhat at the set pieces in the first half but a re-jigged scrum saw them dominate after the break running in five tries to ‘Ribb’s’ one. Hogg rounded off a terrific display with a second half try and kicked two further far-from-easy conversions in Scarborough’s 52-10 win.

Double header at Silver Royd tomorrow

20 Jan

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MAN OF THE MATCH ISAAC FAAMAU MAKES ANOTHER LINE BREAK AGAINST YARNBURY photograph ANDY STANDING

It’s Scarborough rugby club’s double header tomorrow; The action starts with the British & Irish Cup fixture between RFU Championship outfits Yorkshire Carnegie and Ealing Trailfinders in the British and Irish Cup at 2pm followed by Scarborough versus North Ribblesdale under floodlights at 4.15pm.

The Seasiders Yorkshire One game against visitors North Ribblesdale on the 12th of November last year ended in disappointment when referee Kevin Weston sustained a calf injury five minutes into the second half and the game was abandoned. The afternoon had started so well when Mikey Readman and Tom Ratcliffe ran in tries in the opening ten minutes of the game both converted by Graham Hogg to lead 14-0.

Scarborough won the following three games after the abandonment beating Old Brodlieans and Hullensians on the road and Heath at Silver Royd. That was followed by three defeats on the trot by York, Bridlington and West Leeds before last week’s defeat of Yarnbury. North Ribblesdale lost four of the following six and last week’s home game against Beverley was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

‘Ribb’ have won four games this season all at home against strugglers Yarnbury, Heath, Selby and Acklam; they have yet to win away from home and are the bottom club in Yorkshire One. Last season the Settle-based outfit made short work of Scarborough winning 42-21 on home soil. However the Seasiders avenged that one, thrashing them 56-3 at Silver Royd and will be in confident mood following last week’s six try defeat of Yarnbury.

The Vikings who will be looking to bounce back from last week’s narrow 13-14 defeat by Goole when they travel to Hull for a 2.15pm kick-off.

Last Sunday the Valkryies travelled to Harrogate missing 12 regular players and not surprisingly went down 44-0. They’re back in action on the road at Morpeth on Sunday and will look to bounce back.

Yarnbury blown away by five second half tries as Scarborough romp home 34-10

15 Jan

HOGG AND FAAMAU SHINE IN A DYNAMIC SECOND HALF AGAINST YARNBURY photographs DAVE CAMPBELL

SCARBOROUGH 34 YARNBURY 10

By DAVE CAMPBELL

This game was the proverbial ‘game of two halves’ played out in bitter but bright conditions at Silver Royd yesterday.

In a first half which would have made watching paint dry an exciting pastime, a structure-less opening quarter failed to produce a score for either side. However when Scarborough produced a back row move at a scrum on the Yarnbury 10 metre line, slick interpassing saw flanker Drew Govier come on a diagonal run to touchdown between the uprights in the 22nd minute. Fly-half Tom Harrison added the extras for 7-0.

The Seasiders looked to extend their lead to no avail and when, from a long Yarnbury clearance up their right flank, a grubber kick split the Scarborough defence, fly-half Keiran Davies out-striped the cover to score and cut the lead to two points at 7-5.

Yarnbury looked the sharper of the sides after the break and could have taken the lead; however the Seasiders sharpened up, particularly at the breakdown where the back row and midfield had wakened from their slumber and under pressure the visitors looked less convincing.

A try from skipper Matty Jones in the right corner stretched the lead to 12-5 in the 48th minute after which the floodgates opened and three further tries saw the Seasiders race to a 29-5 lead and a bonus point.  

Scarborough appeared to take their foot of the gas and Centre Jason Avison pulled one back for Yarnbury in the  75 minute before a try from scrum-half Jordan Wakeham settled the matter on the stroke of fulltime.

Elsewhere the Vikings fought out a close game with visitors Hull University Medics at Silver Royd. Alex Rowley kicked two penalties and added the conversion to a penalty-try for the Scarborough second string. Ryan Fowler was named man of the match.

 

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