Yarnbury is a must win game. Dave Campbell previews tomorrow’s league action at Silver Royd.

13 Jan

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ISAAC FAAMAU IN LEAGUE ACTION AGAINST YORK   photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

With the seasonal festivities well and truly over Scarborough are back in action tomorrow as they take on Yarnbury at Silver Royd for their first home league game of 2017.

Last week they slid to a third consecutive defeat losing 37-15 at West Leeds in the first game of the year. Having turned in perhaps their best performance of the season pre-Christmas in defeat against Bridlington, they continued their inconsistent season conceding three first half tries against a well-drilled West Leeds back division and although they managed a penalty from fly-half Tom Harrison they trailed 20-3 at the break.

They were soon back on the rack in the second half conceding two tries to trail 34-3 on the hour. However they turned in a strong 4th quarter performance with tries from winger Matty Young and No8 Isaac Faamau, one converted by Harrison to give the score-line some respectability at 34-15; West Leeds kicked a late penalty for a deserved 37-15 win.

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DREW GOVIER SCORES A TRY AT YARNBURY photograph ANDY STANDING

Tomorrow’s opponents Yarnbury are sitting second from bottom in Yorkshire One having won only three games in what has been for them, a desperately disappointing season. Last week they were on the wrong end of a 19-12 score-line at home to resurgent Heath following a hard-fought game. Curiously two of their three wins this season have been on the road at Selby and Heath where they won 27-25 back in September.

Scarborough won 29-25 at Horsforth earlier this season; a game in which returning skipper Matty Jones made a good start to his second spell at the club scoring a try in what was the team’s first away win of the season. The Seasiders got off to a flying start racing to a 17-0 lead early in the game but appeared to run out of steam after the break and Jones’s late try just gave them the edge in a 29-25 bonus-point win. Unfortunately Isaac Faamau sustained an injury and missed several subsequent games.

Faamau who scored against West Leeds last week is fit for tomorrow’s game as is Matty Young who was also on the score-sheet last week. Ben Martin who was in top form last week is unavailable for this game. Three consecutive defeats have dented Scarborough’s hopes of a second place finish and only a win on tomorrow will sustain their promotion challenge.

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ANOTHER VALKRYIES’ TRY!  THEY’RE BACK IN ACTION AT HARROGATE ON SUNDAY photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

 

Due to their opponents Bradford Salem having dropped out of the league, the Valkryies didn’t have a game last weekend, however they are in action on Sunday away at Harrogate who were beaten 18-14 at Silver Royd earlier in the season. The Scarborough ladies have eleven players not available to them this weekend due to injury or work. Sam Knight will captain the side in Jess Bray’s absence working in India.

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THE VIKINGS ON THE CHARGE AGAINST SCUNTHORPE photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

The Vikings were in action last Saturday taking on Scunthorpe Stallions at Silver Royd. The Silver Royd second string raced to an early lead against their Lincolnshire opponents running in a couple of tries with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

A surging early break by Billy Parker took play into the Scunthorpe half and slick interplay between the Vikings’ centre and wingman Tom Burton saw Parker power over in the 4th minute. Skipper Simon Dixon added the extras and repeated the dose three minutes later when Al Troutsdale outstripped the visiting defence wide on the left to touchdown.

If the sizeable Silver Royd turnout thought things were going to be easy they were mistaken as the visitors ran in their first try of the game in the 26th minute to reduce the arrears at 14-5. The Vikings struck back almost immediately when Adam Haxby crossed in the 28th minute. Dixon was unsuccessful with his conversion but 19-5 was a good lead at the break.

The sides exchanged tries just after the break; both were unconverted and the home side led 24-10. And Scunthorpe reduced the arrears further with a will taken try to close the gap to seven points at 24-17 in the 55th minute. A searing run and touchdown by prop Mark Hopper in the 63rd minute appeared to have settled issue at 29-17 with both sides tiring; however a converted try from the visitors in the 75th minute once again closed the gap to five points at 29-24 which the Vikings maintained to the end for a narrow win.

Billy Parker, Tom Burton and Chris Purdy had outstanding games for the Vikings who just deserved their win following an entertaining, close-fought game. The Vikings and Danesmen are on the road this weekend; the former at Hull University Medics and the Latter at Goole.

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VIKINGS LINEOUT V SCUNTHORPE photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

 

 

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