Archive | January, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR Dave Campbell reviews the first half of the season and looks forward to 2017

1 Jan

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BILLY PARKER AND LONI-LONI IN ACTION AGAINST IN THE HOME DEFEAT OF HEATH photograph ANDY STANDING

FROM THE TOUCHLINE all the latest from Silver Royd with DAVE CAMPBELL

Happy New Year to you all; now were into 2017 and looking ahead it’s time to look back a wee bit and take stock of the first half of the season at Scarborough rugby club. The Seasiders have had a fairly successful few months winning 8 out of 14 games; however a lack of consistency has Lee Douglas’s charges unable to sustain more than three wins in a row which has seen them falter in their pre-season bid to position themselves for a bid at promotion from Yorkshire one.

YORKSHIRE ONE WEF 17 DECEMBER 2016

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They began the season winning only one of their opening games in September that was a 20-17 home success against York. Losing at Selby on the opening day was a huge disappointment although defeats by West Leeds and Bridlington were at least against promotion rivals. Since then they have won 7 out of 10 but once again a home defeat by Durham/Northumberland One side in the Yorkshire Shield sandwiched between four excellent league wins once again highlighted their inconsistency.

As I write this my mind goes back to what was undoubtedly the best game played at Silver Royd this season. No doubt encouraged by much advertising and social media comment over 900 turned up for the game with over 200 guests dining before the kick-off.

League-leaders Bridlington took an early first half lead when they scored a converted try from close range in the 8th minute. In front of a large and vocal home support Scarborough came straight back and were rewarded by a try from No8 Isaac Faamau converted by fly-half Tom Harrison to level at 7-7. Faamau was in the thick of things again when a break from deep in home territory saw the big No8 release lock Aaron Wilson who scored in the corner for a 17-7 lead at the break.

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ISAAC FAAMAU SCORED SCARBOROUGH’S FIRST TRY AGAINST BRID

A long-distance penalty from centre Graham Hogg stretched the lead to 15-7 on the hour but the visitors struck back with a try from fly-half Matui Welsh three minutes later to cut the lead to 15-12. A punishing fourth quarter battle for both sides saw Hogg miss another couple of long range penalties which could have stretched the before that late try broke Scarborough hearts. Although defeated at the death, I think it was Scarborough’s best performance of the season and could auger well for the months head.

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AARON WILSON SCORED THE SECOND

The New Year starts next Saturday with a trip to West Leeds who won a close-encounter 29-27 at Silver Royd earlier in the season. That game is followed by the visit of struggling Yarnbury and then North Ribblesdale on consecutive Saturdays. The North Ribb game will be preceded by the British and Irish cup clash between Yorkshire Carnegie and Ealing Trailblazers and January’s fixtures conclude with a visit to Middlesbrough to take on resurgent Acklam on the 28th.

 

Matty Jones’s men showed real confidence, belief and commitment in that game against Bridlington but if they are to make a fist of the second half of the season they MUST add consistency to that recipe for success; if EVERY game is approached in the same manner as that game at Silver Royd pre-Christmas then the Seasiders will be in the mix in April.

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THE VALKRYIES IN ACTION AGAINST YORK RI

Scarborough’s ladies side the Valkryies finished the first half of their league season lying second behind York RI ladies in the Womans National League North Two. Their December fixtures saw them win 26-7 on the road at West Park Leeds on the 4th followed by a 3-15 home defeat by Bishop Auckland. Fly-half Danielle Rowley unfortunately broke her leg during the game and is in ‘pot’ and recovering. The Valkryies first four games in the New Year are away from home; their first home game in 2017 is on the 26th February against West Park Leeds.

Finally my Player of the Month in December by a country mile was fly-half Tom Harrison. A club stalwart, Tom is on fire at the moment but more than that he has matured as a player and his decision making has developed to a point where is now running games from number ten. His kicking from hand and off the ground is a great asset as is his change of pace going forward; not always renowned for his tackling he has been a revelation in that department of late. His continued influence is paramount to Scarborough’s success this season; let’s hope he has a great 2017.

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TOM HARRISON DECEMBER PLAYER OF THE MONTH photograph ANDY STANDING

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