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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