Archive | February, 2017

Scarborough’s run to playoff ends at Beverley!

18 Feb


RFU NORTHERN DIVISION

YORKSHIRE DIVISION ONE

BEVERLEY 35 SCARBOROUGH 27

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough travelled to Beaver Park, Beverley this afternoon knowing only a win would keep them in the race for a play-off place in Yorkshire One. However they were beaten and slipped out of promotion contention despite participating in a game that would have pleased the neutrals in the crowd.

The Seasiders opened the scoring with a Tom Harrison penalty with only three minutes played and a further exchange of kicks between Harrison and Beverley fullback Jamie Gill saw Scarborough lead 6-3 after fifteen minutes.

With the visitors struggling to get into the game, Beverley took control and a couple of tries saw them lead 15-6 at the break.

Scarborough never looked like scoring a first half try and things got worse for them just after the break when a Beverley penalty followed by a converted try from close range saw them trail 6-25 on the hour.

It looked as if it was going to be a long afternoon for the men from Silver Royd but they came back with a flourish when they got the bit between their teeth in the fourth quarter running in tries in the 61st and 64th minutes through Centre Loni-loni and No8 Isaac Faamau, both converted by Harrison to reduce the arrears to five points at 25-20 and it was game-on.

Although rattled, Beverley struck back with a penalty and a converted second try for Hazell to knock the stuffing out of Scarborough at 35-20 with five minutes to go. A well-worked try in injury time from prop Nino Cutino converted by Harrison made no difference to the outcome and Beverley were full value for their bonus point win.

Scarborough’s second string, the Vikings fared better than their 1st XV club mates beating Beverley 2nds 29-22 at Silver Royd.

 

READ THE FULL REPORT FROM DAVE CAMPBELL AND PICTURES FROM ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarborough in another ‘must win’ game at Beverley tomorrow & full reports on Scarborough-Salem and the Vikings

17 Feb

img_5015-1

SCARBOROUGH CONTEST A LINEOUT IN THEIR 15-13 DEFEAT OF BRADFORD SALEM LAST WEEK. Photograph by Andy Standing

Following last week’s narrow 15-13 defeat of Bradford Salem which saw them move up to fourth in Yorkshire One, Scarborough are on the road tomorrow to take on Beverley at Beaver Park in another ‘must win’ game if they are to have any chance of making into the second play-off spot.

The Seasiders recorded a 32-10 win when they entertained Beverley at Silver Royd in the Autumn. THE BEVERLEY RUFC WEBSITE DESCRIBED THE GAME THUS: ‘Beverley started brightly enough and after 15 minutes had taken a 10 point lead through a Duboulay penalty and a superb Luke Hazell try which Phil Duboulay converted. Unfortunately that was pretty much all that the large number of fans from Beverley had to cheer about for the rest of the match.

DEVIN IBANEZ SCORES AGAIN BEVERLEY AT SILVER ROYD photograph ANDY STANDING

2016-11-04-devin-by-andy-standing

Scarborough suddenly seemed to come alive and gradually took control. Their strong running centres pounded away at the Beverley defence and scored tries through Matty Young, Devin Ibanez and Nino Cutino (the latter 2 converted by Graham Hogg) to bring the score to 19 – 10 at half time.

Two penalties kicked by Graham Hogg shortly after the interval took the score to 25 – 10 and a further try from Matty Young, converted by Hogg ended the scoring at 32 – 10 with Scarborough securing a bonus point.’

Both clubs have searched for consistency this season but now find themselves in the top half of the league with Scarborough in 4th and Beveley in 7th position. Last week Beverley went down 23-13 at Heath but have been in great form at home where they have lost only one game and that was against league leaders Bridlington.

JOE MARSHALL (BELOW) RETURNS TOMORROW photograph ANDY STANDING

img_4517

For Scarborough, Chris Purdy who had suffered from long term injury but has recently started playing again has turned in some top performances for the Vikings, is in the squad as is Joe Marshall and veteran Graeme Jeffrey who plays his third game of the season; prop Nino Cutino who missed last week’s game through injury also returns.

Elsewhere tomorrow, the Vikings and Danesmen are in action at Silver Royd against Beverely 2nds and Hull University respectively. All senior games kick off at 2.15pm.

STOP PRESS

AARON WILSON

2016-12-18-aaron-for-blog

Unfortunately young second row Aaron Wilson sustained a ligament injury in training this week and Purdy, one of the best lineout jumpers in the club, starts in the second row. Devin Ibanez is on the bench.

FULL REPORT ON SCARBOROUGH-BRADFORD SALEM

SCARBOROUGH 15 BRADFORD SALEM 13

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough extended their unbeaten run to four games with a narrow 15-13 victory over visitors Bradford Salem on a bitterly cold afternoon of driving wintery showers at Silver Royd.

Missing Nino Cutino, Graham Hogg, Ben Martin, Joe Marshall, Billy Parker and Phil Watson, Coach Lee Douglas’s charges started with a much re-shuffled side from their last outing at Acklam.

The conditions at kick-off with sleet, hailstones and rain driving horizontally across the paddock did not auger well for a handling game; however the Seasiders made a lively start and took the lead when fly-half Tom Harrison chipped over a flat Salem defence and Tom Ratcliffe bustled through to get the touch in the 11th minute. Harrison added the extras for a 7-0 Scarborough lead.

The lead was short lived and Salem struck back five minutes later when winger Nick Fontaine finished off some slick handling on their left flank to score in the corner. Fly-half Matt Booth failed to convert.

The handling from both sides was predictably poor with the ball having all the qualities of a wet, slippery bar of soap; however both sides stuck gamely to their task and although there was a distinct lack of spectacle the endeavour from all thirty players couldn’t be faulted.

Leading 7-5 Scarborough continued to press and increased their lead in the 27th minute when No8 Isaac Faamau broke from the base of a scrum to power over on the narrow side for his second try and increase the lead to 12-5. Kicking into the cross field wind was a nightmare and Harrison missed with his conversion attempt.

The last ten minutes of the half proved to be a feisty period and a player from each side was sin-binned; flanker Jamie Booth for the visitors in the 29th minute and Scarborough’s Isaac Faamau in the 34th.

Although leading 12-5, Scarborough appeared to fade after the break and the West Yorkshiremen had a glut of territorial possession in the third quarter, laying siege to the home line for extended periods. However the Seasiders’ scrambling defence which sees them with the second best points-against tally in the league, once more served them well.

A Matt Booth penalty in the 55th minute reduced the arrears for Salem at 12-8 before flanker Chas Manchester powered over on the hour to nudge his side ahead for the first time in the game at 13-12.

Flanker Devin Ibanez came on to immediate effect and put in a big hit on the Salem receiver from the restart after the try. He Beavered away with his teammates as Scarborough looked to get back into the game.

Tom Harrison set up a nail-biting finish with a superb penalty from wide on the right in the 67th minute for 15-13; and although the game could have gone either way, neither side could conjure up another score and Scarborough ran out winners of a hard-fought game to move up to fourth in Yorkshire One.

Both sides deserve credit for providing a game at all in such atrocious conditions; however following the glut of tries in their last three games, Scarborough’s emphasis was on defence in a ‘nip and tuck’ affair. In a gritty defensive performance, pick of the backs were Harrison, Matty Young, scrum-half Jordan Wakeham and Tom Ratcliffe. Up front skipper Matty Jones, Isaac Faamau and flanker Drew Govier were outstanding.

SCARBOROUGH: YOUNG LENTON LONI-LONI RATCLIFFE HOLLIDAY HARRISON WAKEHAM JONES (CAPT) WILLIAMS MURPHY READMAN WILSON SCALES GOVIER FAAMAU SUBSTITUTES: ZAVATTI IBANEZ

SCARBOROUGH NEWS STAR MAN: MATTY JONES

2016-08-18 matty jones

??????????

Skipper Matty Jones led by muscular example in a real muck and nettles affair with his powerful scrummaging, tackling and efforts at the breakdown being significent in his side’s narrow win.

 VIKINGS FULL REPORT

VIKINGS 27 HULLIONIANS BUCCANEERS 0

The Vikings were also in action at Silver Royd against visitors Hull Ionians Buccaneers. In blustery conditions of driving rain and sleet the Scarborough second string took control early on with a penalty from scrum-half Alex Rowley for a 3-0 lead.

 A try from back row James Emsley stretched the lead to 8-0. Turning round eight points to the good the Vikings went on to score 19 unanswered points in the second half with tries from Emsley, Andy Rossol and debutant winger Tom Anderson; Rowley converting two.

Senior rugby debutants Jonty Holloway at fly-half and Tom Anderson had impressive games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarborough edge past Bradford Salem 15-13 at Silver Royd.

11 Feb


SCARBOROUGH WIN A LINEOUT AT SILVER ROYD THUS AFTERNOON

YORKSHIRE DIVISION ONE

SCARBOROUGH 15 BRADFORD SALEM 13

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough extended their unbeaten run to four games with a narrow 15-13 victory over visitors Bradford Salem on an afternoon of driving wintery showers at Silver Royd.

The Seasiders made a lively start and took the lead when fly-half Tom Harrison chipped over a flat Salem defence and centre. Tom Ratcliffe bustled through to get the touch in the 11th minute. Harrison added the extras for a 7-0 Scarborough lead.

The lead was short lived and Bradford Salem struck back five minutes later when winger Nick Fontaine finished off some slick handling on their left flank to score in the corner. Fly-half Matt Booth failed to convert.

Leading 7-5 Scarborough continued to press and increased their lead in the 27th minute when Faamau broke from the base of a scrum to power over for his second try and increase the lead to 12-5.

Two players were sin binned in the last ten minutes of the half, Salem flanker Jamie Booth in the 28th minute and Isaac Faamau in the 34th.

A Matt Booth penalty in the 55th minute reduced the arrears for Salem before flanker Chas Manchester powered over from a maul on the hour to nudge his side ahead for the first time in the game at 13-12.

Tom Harrison set up a nail-biting finish with a superb penalty from wide on the right in the 67th minute for 15-13; and although the seesaw nature of the game continued, neither side could conjure up another score and Scarborough ran out just-about deserved winners of an hard-fought game to move up to fourth in Yorkshire One.


ALEX ROWLEY KICKED SEVEN POINTS FOR THE VIKINGS AGAINST HULL IONIAN

VIKINGS 27 HULLIONIANS BUCCANEERS 0

The Vikings were also in action at Silver Royd this afternoon against visitors Hull Ionians Buccaneers. In blustery conditions of driving rain and sleet the Scarborough second string took control early on with a penalty from scrum-half Alex Rowley for a 3-0 lead. A James Emsley try stretched the lead to 8-0. Turning round eight points to the good the Vikings went on the score 19 unanswered points in the second half with tries from James Emsley, Andy Rossol and debutant winger Tom Anderson; Rowley converting two.

 

 

 

 

Dave Campbell reviews SCARBOROUGH-BRADFORD SALEM – VIKINGS-IONIANS

10 Feb

img_7764

A lineout on halfway in the Acklam-Scarborough game   photograph Dave Campbell

SCARBOROUGH V BRADFORD SALEM

Following last week’s free Saturday at first team level and all the thrills and spills of the Six Nations it’s back to league action for Scarborough as they welcome Bradford Salem to Silver Royd tomorrow.

Salem had a stuttering start to the season winning only two games in September and October; however the bounced back in November and December losing only twice and inflicting a very rare 18-8 defeat on high-flying West Leeds. However they have lost their last two games at Old Brods and at home to Heath on the 28th of January.

Prior to last week’s break skipper Matty Jones’s men had won their last three games against Yarnbury,  North Ribblesdale and Acklam scoring an impressive twenty tries in the process.

Coach Lee Douglas has included Ian Williams who came on to great effect at hooker against Acklam and Joe Holliday who scored one of the six tries in the same game. Devin Ibanez who returned from the U.S. is on the bench. Scarborough won the corresponding game with at Bradford 27-0 back in October and also  ran out 26-10 winners of the game the last time Salem visited Silver Royd in April last year.

2016-11-04-devin-by-andy-standing

Devin Ibanez scores against Beverley  photograph ANDY STANDING

 

THE VIKINGS

Scarborough’s second string, the Vikings was the only club side in action last Saturday as they travelled to Hull to take on Marist RUFC 1st XV.

2017-02-07 joe lenton marist straight.png

JOE LENTON IN ACTION AT MARIST photo MARK FOWLER

The Humbersiders were quickly out of their starting blocks and laid siege to the visitors line but found Jack Anderson and scrum half Alex Rowley in uncompromising mood; however they were rewarded for their early pressure with a penalty for a 3-0 lead. The Vikings struck back almost immediately when hooker Ian Williams went over from close range and scrum-half Alex Rowley converted for a 7-3 lead in the 11th minute. And the score-line was double five minutes later when back-row Drew Govier powered over and Rowley kicked his second conversion for 14-3.

 

The second quarter was a pretty even affair with the abrasive home side in very physical mood but the men from Silver Royd never took a backwards step with fly-half Joe Lenton and centre Billy Park immense in attack and defence and Paul Taylor leading the pack by example.   They increased their lead on the half-hour when centre Ryan Fowler crashed over for 19-3. Rowley failed to convert. 

Marist began a revival late in the half with a converted try to trail 19-10 at the interval and continued in the second half eventually overhauling the visitors to lead 25-19 going into the last ten minutes of the game.  

Judging by their body language Marist looked as if they had already won the game but the visitors had other ideas and when some slick mid-field handling released the bustling Fowler; he scythed through a tiring defensive line to score between the uprights with a couple of minutes to go to close the gap between the sides to a single point at 24-25.  

Rowley made no mistake with his third conversion of the afternoon and the Vikings ran out narrow deserved 26-25 winners. The Silver Royd second string have been in great form lately and showed real commitment and focus to win this hard-fought tight game on the road. The Silver Royd second string are in action again tomorrow as they take on Hullionians Bucaneers at Silver Royd.

 

ACKLAM 6 SCARBOROUGH 38 (FULL REPORT) 

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

With a strong wind blowing directly down the pitch behind them, Acklam took the game to the visitors through their forwards; driving down the middle with rolling mauls and pick-and-goes.

Scarborough for the most part were pinned in their own half but soaked up the pressure with relative ease. The Teesiders had plenty of possession but the visitors’ line never looked in danger during a scoreless first quarter. Centre Graham Hogg took a kick to the ankle and was replaced by Joe Holliday in the 22nd minute with Maloni Moata’ane (Loni-loni) moving to centre and the young substitute playing on the wing.

And Loni-loni was involved almost immediately with a half-break on half-way; the ball was moved to livewire flyhalf Tom Harrison who chipped over a flat defence for centre Tom Ratcliffe to race through and get the touch in the 25th minute. Harrison pulled his conversion wide but Scarborough had their noses in front at 5-0. Acklam continued to press but their only reward came from a penalty from skipper Danny Ashton two minutes before the break when second-row Aaron Wilson was sin-binned for persistent infringement.

Scarborough struck back almost immediately when scrum-half Jordan Wakeham fielded a wind-assisted clearance out of defence and fed Harrison on the Acklam 10 metre line. The bustling No10 spotted a gap in the home midfield and powered through, sidestepping a last gap tackle to score between the uprights before adding the extras for a 12-3 halftime lead.

Kicking off the second half into the wind Acklam won a penalty just outside the visitors’ 22 and fullback Ashton added his second three-pointer to reduce the arrears to six points at 12-6 in the 42nd minute. The six point gap was short lived and it took only three minutes for the Seasiders to stretch their lead once more, a slick move down the left flank releasing Holliday to scamper down the touchline and cross for his side’s third try. Harrison converted from wide for 19-6.

The Scarborough tight-five, with Ian Williams on at hooker and Nino Cutino and skipper Matty Jones propping, dominated at scrum time for the first time in a while against a home eight whose reputation preceded them. Behind them the loose forwards with Drew Govier and Isaac Faamau driving forward, linked with Wakeham and Harrison to produce some memorable tries.

As the visitors piled on the pressure in the home 22 a superb inside pass from Wakeham wrong-footed the Acklam defence and Nino Cutino strolled through to score between the posts in the 55th minute for a fourth bonus-point earning try. Harrison converted for 26-6. The tiring Teesiders gamely stuck to their task but the visitors stayed focused and added to their tally with a text-book try when Faamau took a defence-splitting pass just inside the home 22 to crash over in the 65th minute. Harrison added the extras for 33-6.

Had the opposition buckled then further tries could have come; however the heavy surface and slippery ball saw only one further score when a break from deep in his own half by Faamau released the ever-alert Harrison who galloped half the length of the field to touch down wide on the right in the 73rd minute. Harrison missed the conversion but a 38-6 score-line and a bonus point win was just reward for a good day at the office for skipper Matty Jones and his men. The month started with a disappointing defeat but three consecutive bonus-point wins, scoring twenty tries in the process is a pretty good effort and their rest this coming weekend is thoroughly well deserved.

SCARBOROUGH: YOUNG MARSHALL RATCLIFFE HOGG MOATA’ANE HARRISON WAKEHAM CUTINI JONES (CAPT) ZAVATTI READMAN WILSON GOVIER SCALES FAAMAU SUBSTITUTES: MATIN WILLIAMS HOLLIDAY.

ACKLAM: ASHTON (CAPT) HUGHES DUNN SCOTT GATOR SUDRON NEVISON DUFFY PEARSON BOBO SAVAGE FRANCIS FFITCH O’BRIEN DALTON SUBSTITUTES: PARR SPENCE BENGO

REFEREE: MR TONY SMITH (YORKSHIRE SOCIETY).

Photograph of Tom Harrison by ANDY STANDING2017-02-08-tom-harrison

SCARBOROUGH NEWS STAR MAN: TOM HARRISON: Club stalwart Tom is having perhaps his best season at the club and he must have covered every blade of grass on the Talbot Park paddock. He defended with tenacity and attacked with no little vision, scoring a couple of electrifying tries and kicking four conversions for a personal tally of 18 points

A NEW BALCONY AT ACKLAM

2017-02-10-balcony

Acklam RFC is always a friendly and welcoming club and the game two weeks ago was no exception: a tasty buffet for the travelling supporters was enhanced by the Teesiders’ attentive bar staff and the opening of their new balcony on the second story of the club which was an excellent place to watch (and report) on the game in knowledgeable company.

THIS WEEKEND

SCARBOROUGH-BRADFORD SALEM and VIKINGS-HULLIONIANS kicks off at 2.15pm tomorrow and are followed by Wales-England on the big screens in the J.M. Guthrie. Sunday sees a full programme of mini, youth and girls rugby; The Valkryies are on the road at York RI.

 

 

 

 

 

No live action at Silver Royd on Saturday but SIX NATIONS on the big screens. Zoe Aldcroft in action at Twickenham

2 Feb
2016-03-12 ZOE BLOG 1

 ZOE ALDCROFT IN ACTION FOR ENGLAND

With only the Vikings in action at Marist RFC there is no live rugby at Silver Royd on Saturday; however you can get along to the J.M. Guthrie to take in the two Six Nations Championship games on the big screens, Scotland-Ireland at 2.30pm and England-France at five.

Will it be a walk in the park for multi-talented England this time? Or will one of the other five nations surprise us? I will be very surprised if they do.  There was an article in the sports section of this week’s Daily Telegraph discussing FOUR different back five pack combinations England could select against France;  so for me it the big boys from Twickenham once more.  However, I would of course be delighted to see my countrymen do well in Coach Vern Cotter’s last Six Nations in charge.

The Women’s Six Nation Championship also takes place this weekend with Scarborough’s own Zoe Aldcroft in the squad for England’s game with France. The game kicks off at 7.30pm on Saturday evening and is on SKY SPORTS.

I think I unintentionally misled you last week by reporting that Devin Ibanez would return from the USA this week. He subsequently informed me today that he arrives next Wednesday. Scarborough entertain Bradford Salem at Silver Royd on Saturday 11th February at 2.15pm.

 

 

%d bloggers like this: