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

17 Feb

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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

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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

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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.

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AARON WILSON

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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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