10 Mar

dsc_0159Scarborough defend a North Ribblesdale scrum at Silver Royd

Scarborough travel to North Ribblesdale tomorrow looking to win at the Settle-based club for the first time since Marcus Edwards kicked them to a 9-5 win back in 2002.

Both sides have been in and out of Yorkshire One since then but I’m almost certain the Yorkshire One games over the seasons have all gone with home advantage. And so far that’s how it’s been this campaign with Scarborough winning 52-10 at Silver Royd under the lights last month.

North Ribb have been dogged by injury and have hovered about the relegation zone for most of the season. However, they recorded their first away success with a last minute penalty to win 15-12 at Heath last week and move out of the relegation places.

There was much criticism for Scarborough after their 27-15 bonus point ‘ugly’ win against Keighley last week. However, a win is a win and Matty Jones and the team dug in when things weren’t going their way and Tom Ratcliffe ended the game with a flourish running in a cracking try at the death.



The biggest disappointment of the afternoon last week was the injury to young Drew Govier who has been playing out of his skin this season and was my player of the month in my SCARBOROUGH REVIEW column for January and February. Good News is that nothing was broken; I’ll update you on his fitness next week.

With Govier sidelined Rich Scales returns to the back row and in the absence of Phil Watson Chris Purdy pairs up with Mikey Readman in the second row. In the backs, Joe Holliday and Billy Parker play as Joe Marshall and Graeme Jeffrey are unavailable. Jonty Holloway who has been outstanding for the Vikings makes his first team debut. The Vikings entertain BP Chemicals at Silver Royd tomorrow; kick-off 3pm.

I’ve just watched the Wales-Ireland game on TV and it was a superb advert for the Six Nations; intense, physical and quarter neither asked nor given with Wales deservedly winning 22-9. Tomorrow sees another big game for England as they look to keep their unbeaten run going and their hopes of a Grand Slam alive. Scotland have been playing some terrific rugby but I fancy Eddie Jones’s side to shade it at Twickenham with a grand finale to come in Dublin next weekend. England-Scotland kicks off at four with the Italy-France game at 1.30pm.

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