Dave Campbell reviews SCARBOROUGH-BRADFORD SALEM – VIKINGS-IONIANS

10 Feb

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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